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By Archezection on 17-03-17
Ghosts, Ruins, Demons, and Romance
As soon as this book ended, I bought the next one. I thought I might wait, but nope, it went right to the audible shopping cart.
Magic Undying is a phantasmagoric romp through archaeological sites and Arthurian legend. The heroine, Del, starts the book out dead and trapped in hell - and things just get dicier for her from there. From ancient crypts to crumbling castles, her adventures transport her into a world of ghosts and mystery. Of the three heroines in this series, Del is my favorite so far, and I connect more with Del and Roarke than I did with Cass and Aiden. I think that is because, from the get-go, Del is up a creek. She has more to worry about than getting discovered by the Order of the Magica, namely escaping from hell, slow acting poison with an elusive antidote, massing demon armies, ancient riddles, ghostly powers that come without an instruction manual, as well as dealing with the loss of her old magical gifts - not to mention a romance with the man who is chasing her down. Each of these play a role in her emotional struggles, tugging her in all directions at once. Hall parallels her with Guinevere, a woman forced to take action in the face of an impossible reality. Del's path is so intriguing, that when the book ended, I wasn't ready.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the author's note, where Linsey Hall (an archaeologist) talks about her myth building process. I think it is fascinating to see how Hall selected (and excluded) various archaeological sites and legends to sculpt the mythology of this book. She explains her decisions, liberties, and inspiration - and I like her myth of Guinevere.
֍ If you like tomb raider and magical adventures, you will enjoy this richly woven tale.
BTW, Laurel Schroeder could read my anything, and I would listen to it all day long. I love her voice. I listen while I work, and I never find my attention drifting as she keeps things zipping along. I did not like her voice for Aiden in first series - but she does really well with everyone in this book. I especially like how she voices Nix, and I can't wait until she is the main character.
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By D. Rowland on 30-08-17
If ain't broke why fix it
New characters but almost the exact same plot as the first book of Cass's, right down to a tall, dark, and handsome foreigner. Still entertaining but less engaging.
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By Amazonian on 30-04-18
I started with Cass’ story, which is where you should start this. I think they could be standalones’s also. I’ve been loving the whole series so far. Great world built, great narrator and love the archeological themes too!!
By Amazon Customer on 16-02-18
Fuking amazing never see another book except maybe Harry potter
What i said up there s hundreds more times . I can't wait to see your next book.
By Øystein on 16-06-17
I already knew 3 chapters in that I will have to get every book in this series!
By Michelle Titherington VanDaley on 21-05-17
Fantastic Series Starter!!
Del is the sort of female lead that I love - strong, independent, snarky and with many flaws and Laurel Schroeder did a wonderful job at bringing Del to life in her narration. Magic Undying was a great first book giving the reader/listener enough information but also leaving us wanting more. I am invested in this story and will continue the series to see where it leads