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A Hidden Magic by Angela Benedetti

Blurb: "Fey incursions into the mortal world have been on the rise, and Paul MacAllister's trying to figure out what the king of the local Elven enclave Under the Hill is up to and how to stop it. Rory Ellison was caught up in one of those attacks and nearly killed by a gang of goblins. He doesn't believe they were real, though, and is resisting anything Paul might say to the contrary.

Normally Paul would be willing to let Rory go his own way, at least until he's taken care of more immediate business. But Rory has a particularly rare gift, one the Elven king needs to have under his control in order to carry out his plan. Keeping Rory away from the fey who will use him, to death if necessary, means protecting him night and day, whether Rory agrees or not."

"A Hidden Magic" is the first book in the "Sentinels" series, a wonderful story set in a fantasy world were magic and the fey are real.  The main characters are varied, engaging and well developed.  I love the sentinels and their interactions.  What a wonderful band of anti-heroes!  The fabulous cast of supporting characters is large but meaningful, well worth the word count. The plot is fast paced, with enough action and humor to keep the reader turning pages non stop with a smile.  All in all, score top marks for storytelling!   

The world building truly stands out in this story.  Everything comes to life in great detail and with fabulous descriptions guaranteed to become a full color mental movie. From downright gross to charming and cute, Ms.Benedetti's magical creatures are imaginative and engaging.  In this regard, the book far surpassed my expectations.

Like most first installments in a fantasy romance series, this story carries the burden of developing a complex world, introducing a large cast of characters and telling the story of the romance.  So, while the romance well done and certainly plays a key role in the story, it is a relatively smaller portion of the story.  This in no way detracts from the enjoyment of the story.  It is just something to keep in mind before picking up the book.

All in all, this is a great book that opens the door to a world that I can't wait to visit again.  Great story, great world, great characters, excellent writing, Ms. Benedetti surely penned a winner!

A Hidden Magic at Torquere Press 


 PS: After reading "A Hidden Magic" you won't want to miss "Unfinished Business", a short story that relates the events following one of the funniest scenes in the book.  Very good for a laugh!


Tags: angela benedetti, m/m
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