Title: The Mage on the Hill (The Web of Arcana #1)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Genre: MM Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 53,721 Words / 194 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I truly enjoyed this first installment to “Web of Arcana” series. Set in an AU modern world, THE MAGE ON THE HILL introduced an array of interesting characters, their background story, and the cleverly woven tale that bound the outcasts together – a start to vast potential of sequels!
What really grabbed me was the strong character, Toby Jones – the wild mage with unchanneled magic. He was ever so cheery even in a dire circumstance that he lifted up the mood throughout the pages. Not that Darius any less compelling; he was such a broody and morose personality that I couldn’t help got carried away with his dark mood (of course, I humoured his temper given the past tragedy). Toby was it for me though, a breath of fresh air in the story.
Romance-wise, this May/December trope was a bit on the rushy side. Again, considering the intensity of the situation, I gave the couple their due course (yeah, the coming together scene miffed me a bit, I mean come on guys, you were supposed to be on the run here!!!) but overall the romance wasn’t over the top or shading other issues in the book. For sure, I’ll be following this series and really keen for more episodes from this universe. The sooner the better, Angel Martinez! 😉
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest review.