Wednesday 5 September 2012

Book Review: Much Ado About Magic by Shanna Swendson

Score: 4.5 out of 5

Read more about it on author website
To Do: Manage Magical Mayhem, Save the Company, Save the World
Katie Chandler is back in New York and at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. – and just in time. The city’s in the grip of a magical crime wave from spells that wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks look awfully familiar, and the rogue firm Spellworks is raising its profile in the magical world by selling protective amulets. It’s Katie’s job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight this battle of public perception while Owen and the other wizards try to uncover what’s really going on.
What Katie doesn’t realize is that her idea to stage a showcase for MSI’s magical achievements is playing right into a devious plot more than three decades in the making. Now Katie has to do damage control that has nothing to do with marketing. To save the magical world, she’ll have to prove who the real enemy is, and doing that will require digging deeper into Owen’s mysterious past than he wants anyone to go. If she fails, she not only stands to lose a magical war, but she could also lose the man she loves.

Much Ado About Magic is the fifth book in the 'Enchanted, Inc' series but is my first introduction to both the series and the author, Shanna Swendson. Thankfully, the book stands alone very well, hopefully without giving away too much of a spoiler for the earlier books. And the verdict? I loved it!! 

As I devoured the story, I couldn't help thinking about its origins and whether it started out life as a kind of Harry Potter fan fiction with an older audience in mind; with Enchanted, Inc, being the equivalent to the Ministry of Magic. Oh, and one of the main characters is Merlin, which may help you draw your own conclusions. But then merge all of this magical mystery with a great big dollop of chick-lit and you end up with Much Ado About Magic. Crazy, huh? But it works.

Regardless, of how it all began, this book is a fun read that left me feeling invigorated and satisfied at the end.  I now have the first four books in the series on my Amazon wishlist but the pricing - set by the original publisher, over which the author has no control - is a little steep, so will take me a while to collect. Make no mistake though, I will own and read them all and I am delighted to see there is a sixth book to come.

If you love stories with magic and you enjoy reading chick-lit, then Much Ado About Magic could be just what you are looking for.

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