Monday 10 June 2024

Book Review: The Temptation of Magic by Megan Scott (Fantasy Romance)

The Temptation of Magic
Megan Scott
Harper Collins
27 August 2024
eBook - PDF
Fantasy Romance
ARC via NetGalley

Nicole Palmer has needed to study the supernatural art in a local Cornish manor for years. Encoded in it is the last message from her mother on how to stay safe from The Wake—the organization that governs all supernaturals. As an Empyreal, Nicole has the ability to hunt and kill dangerous creatures, making her invaluable. But if her power was ever triggered, they would find her, use her, and then kill her.

Like they did her mother.

Securing an undergraduate research role to study the collection, Nicole discovers her greatest enemy—one of The Wake’s Empyreals. Kyan McCarter is their best hunter, stationed at the manor to track and kill a deadly creature, but when they realise a painting’s been stolen by his prey, Nicole and Kyan are forced to work together to find it.

As the creature threatens to expose Nicole’s power, her tenuous alliance with Kyan threatens her heart. If Kyan finds out what she is, he’ll hunt her next—or risk execution. No one disobeys The Wake and survives. Especially not when the art they’re seeking holds the key to a conspiracy that could get them both killed, and change the lives of creatures, and humans, forever. 

The Temptation of Magic started strongly with an interesting premise and an engaging heroine. Overall, it did entertain me until the end; however, there were times when I questioned the choices characters made, especially in the second half of the book, and I began to lose interest in the romance when it became a matter of fated mates, which has never really been a favourite trope of mine. There were also quite a few secondary characters, but due to lack of time spent with them, they often felt a bit two dimensional and lacked impact in the story. Nonetheless, the world building was generally good and the story struck a decent balance of enough context without info dumping. I perhaps wouldn't rush to grab book two, but I would read it if the opportunity to do so presents itself. I am giving this first book 3.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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