This is the first in a captivating series set in an imaginatively rendered alternate reality where magic is real. The characters are complex enough to be interesting, the story moves at a quick clip and the ending will leave readers ready and eager for the next installment.

Sorcerers and magic are alive and well in 1851 London. Jovan Davenport is one of the few who knows this, being a sorcerer himself. Called to meet with his father, who governs the League of Illusion, Jovan discovers his father is dying. His father’s last wish is that he and his brother, Rhys — with whom he is always at odds — find their father’s successor: their older brother Sebastian, who has been missing for five years. Jovan recruits the best Druid tracker there is, Skylar Vanguard, to help. Skylar is not all that pleased to be working with Jovan, the rake who broke her heart seven years ago, but she knows that Sebastian must be found or the leadership of the League will go to the Hawthornes, a family willing to do anything to gain power, even call upon dark magic. (CARINAPRESS.COM, dl $3.99)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley