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Now that the Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. team has defeated the nefarious Spellworks, the only "competition" in town, Katie Chandler doesn't have much to do as director of marketing, and she's starting to question her role at MSI. Her boyfriend Owen Palmer, on the other hand, is in hog heaven, translating an ancient and powerful magical manuscript. But then he finds that the cryptic text describing the location of an enchanted gem known as the Eye of the Moon has radically changed. This deadly stone gives its holder enhanced power over others and a craving for more power. It once caused a terrible war before it was safely hidden and then lost - and now it seems to be in New York and set in an elven brooch that renders its wearer invulnerable. Whoever has this brooch could take over the world.
Katie and Owen must find it before anyone else does, and they're not the only ones searching. They'll need all the help they can get, including Katie's visiting grandmother. But who can they trust when their allies fall under its spell? Not to mention the new enemies who are deadlier than anything they've faced before.
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By lilcreative on 02-01-14
Love This Series
I'm a big fan of this series - absolutely addicted, in fact. However, this is my least favorite in the series, as it is very different than the others. Still a good story, with characters I adore, but it was one non-stop race, which didn't feel realistically possible - something that hadn't felt the case in the other books in the series. I can suspend belief rather successfully even in the most fantastic of stories, but I found it harder to do so in this book - who can run for that many hours? How many times are we supposed to believe the narrow escapes? And how can all of this have happened in such a short period of time?
I still gave five stars because I enjoyed the basic premise, and the characters are the same wonderful characters, and I was glad to visit them again. I do hope to continue seeing more books in this series - I really do love it. I just hope we don't see this hard-to-believe race-like format in the future.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By S. Schmidt on 08-12-14
Longest Chase Story Ever
I have enjoyed most of Shanna Swendson's books and this book started out promising then turned into a 7 hour chase scene. Literally. Both Owen and Katie are now Magical Immunes. It begins with a cute scene with Owen absorbed in his studies and Katie trying to surprise him and break his obsessive study of old magic. But then a powerful magical stone is stolen, Katie and Owen are the only people that can be trusted with it since it has no power over them and they literally run from people for the entire book. Katie's Granny fighting on their side was entertaining for about 30 min and even that got old. I'm almost as obsessive as Owen so I had to finish the book, but I was never so glad to be done. Read the first couple of chapters and the last chapter and you won't have missed anything. And I'm sorry, but the ending with Mimi was ridiculous. She was obsessed with the stone, knew the fake was a fake, but at the end she just walks away with the fake without an argument? I've given all of Shanna's others a 4 or 5, but this one just hurt. Shanna writes too well to rate a 1 or 2, but a 3 was the best I could give the story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful