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In 1842 England, Brynn suspects Reuben's "natural death" had actually been murder because she starts finding cryptic clues and maps Reuben left behind indicating she needs to find Zadicayn, an imprisoned young man claiming to be a wizard from the Middle Ages.
When Brynn frees Zadicayn, her once peaceful life now becomes dangerous when Zadicayn enlists her help to find his magical amulet, but it's in the possession of Reuben's murderers, and they'll kill anyone, even Brynn, to keep it.
We face each other. The conductor cues us, and we step in close. Too close. I try not to notice. I avert my gaze to look at everyone but this eighteen-year-old with his hand on my lower back. He’s three inches taller. I pray to God my sweetheart neckline isn’t as low as it feels.
The music begins, and we sweep into a spin. He sucks me in closer to complete the move. I’ve somehow lost all my muscles, left only with bones for how I clunk around without grace as he spins again. By the third leisure spin, I loosen up, noticing with halting admiration he does know how to waltz.
We spin again, and I hang my head back. His strides stretch out, and I reach to match; a challenge with my footwear, but he bends with me in such a way as to make the movement effortless. I’m dizzy again. I’m not sure whether to blame my tight corset or the relentless spinning. Both? None?
The song concludes, and something else takes over my body, so I almost fall when Zadicayn loosens his hold on me. I’m reminded to curtsy when he dips into a bow.
4 out of 5 (very good)
THE FOES BETWEEN US is the first book in The Last Wizard series, and we start off with a funeral. Brynn is distraught at the loss of her cousin. His death though, leads her to new adventures.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story although there were parts that I'm not sure of the relevance. I'm hoping it will become clear as the story progresses in future books.
Brynn was a brilliant character who feels stifled by the conditions placed upon young women by Queen Victoria. I have no idea if these were real but there was still an enormous amount of detail given. Zadicayn, although billed as the main male, is still something of an enigma. We didn't actually meet him until about half to two-thirds through the book. This means I don't know him as much as I would like to.
This was a great story that kept my attention from start to finish. It has left me with questions I can't wait to see answered. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in this series.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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J.M. Robison is a fantasy author who chronicles the events which drive heroes to their knees, dethrone kings, and unhinge history to bring magic back to life. Someday she'll pack the wagon and roam the mountains in search of dragons. She dares to believe in magic. Do you?