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A Dangerous Magic by Donald Hounam (ARC) - Review

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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Frank is a forensic sorcerer with powerful gifts. He's pulled into a murder investigation when a bishop gets beheaded. If Frank wants to solve the mystery behind the murder, he's going to have to do some very dangerous magic.

When I discovered this novel on NetGalley, I thought it sounded so promising - just the kind of urban fantasy I needed in my life. In the end, though, I have it admit, it was quite underwhelming in comparison to what I was hoping for. While I liked being thrown right into the world of the characters, and some of the background, I had a difficult time connecting to the characters. I didn't really care very much about anyone at all let alone our leading fifteen year old. Partly that may be because the story jumps around so much, possibly in response to the type of kid Frank actually is.

Overall, this novel has several good things going for it, but it didn't live up to my expectations. There's so much further the novel could go and so much more that the author could explore. You may be interested in trying A Dangerous Magic by Donald Hounam if you like Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chonicles.

I read this ARC on August 17, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.


  1. When I saw "forensic sorcerer," I got super excited. I'd love to read something that's a mix of both mystery and fantasy. But I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you. It's hard to read a book when you can't connect with the characters. Not sure if I'll read it or not. Maybe if I see it around, I'll give it a try. Great review! :)

    1. That was my reaction when I first saw it too... It just didn't live up to the hype I built up for it. Thanks for coming over!

  2. Hi Lauren!

    What a pretty cover this has. Shame it didn't meet your expectations, though.


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