Magic Dark and Strange Review

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About the Book

The Bone Witch meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling historical fantasy about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders.

Catherine Daly has an unusual talent. By day she works for a printer. But by night, she awakens the dead for a few precious moments with loved ones seeking a final goodbye. But this magic comes with a price: for every hour that a ghost is brought back, Catherine loses an hour from her own life.

When Catherine is given the unusual task of collecting a timepiece from an old grave, she is sure that the mysterious item must contain some kind of enchantment. So she enlists Guy Nolan, the watchmaker’s son, to help her dig it up. But instead of a timepiece, they find a surprise: the body of a teenage boy. And as they watch, he comes back to life—not as the pale imitation that Catherine can conjure, but as a living, breathing boy. A boy with no memory of his past.

This magic is more powerful than any Catherine has ever encountered, and revealing it brings dangerous enemies. Catherine and Guy must race to unravel the connection between the missing timepiece and the undead boy. For this mysterious magic could mean the difference between life and death—for all of them.

Review

Another book, another review, and another one that is perfect for spooky season! AND, it has necromancy! I have a special place in my heart for my love of all things dead and necromancy related (sounds weirder aloud/written than I thought) so, as you can guess, I was so excited for this little gem of a book!

The only bad thing about this book is that it’s so short! I just want MORE (I like me a thicc book)! But it also makes it sort of special that it’s all wrapped up in a small little bow. While I love a little more world building, I also appreciated how everything in the book seemed so natural. The magic wasn’t necessarily explained, but it all made sense and the characters all fit with it. And it was a fun cast of characters that set off on this adventure.

This book is a fun and lush read! It’s one that you can curl up with for the evening and quickly devour. A nice story to take your mind away into a world of dark magic and adventure. And like I said, it’s spooky season so that’s reason enough to read this book!

About the Author

Kelly Powell writes fantasy for young adults and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and book & media studies from the University of Toronto.

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review!*