Merlin’s Secret by Jamie Davis #Review

Prequel for the Broken Throne series.

Europe is in ruins, and England is falling.

Ricky is a magic-user — a chanter — in a world where magic is dying. Blamed for the death of magic, he flees across England and sails to the United Americas, looking for a fresh start.

But magic is failing on the other side of the ocean as well — and once there, in his adopted city of Baltimore, he’ll have to decide: will he move into a bright future with the lovely Ellie, or will his dark past drag him down?

This book is a prequel novella in the Broken Throne series. The reader is introduced to 2 witches set in a world where witches are feared and killed. Running for their lives, Ricky and his mother hide out in England. While in seclusion, Ricky’s mom trains him in all aspects of his magical powers. His mom sacrifices herself in order to get Ricky to the wharf to try and get a boat to the Americas. The story jumps quite a bit of time at this point. I would have liked to see Ricky trying to survive on the street alone. The reader is introduced to another man with magical powers, Artos. Artos’ pocket is picked by Ricky. Artos immediately recognizes the power in Ricky and takes him under his wing to the Americas.

>Once again a ton of time is skipped over. Ricky is now grown. He trained with Artos, but also created a secret lab where he shows his girlfriend how he does illegal magic. Ricky starts to turn evil, but without any scenes showing Ricky as he spent time in the Americas, under Artos’ tutelage, the reader has no idea why.
>This book is confusing as to what audience it is trying to attract. No explicit sex is included, but sex is included, kind of negating the fact that the book presents itself as a young adult book. References to using children as sexual partners are mentioned between Artos and his aide, also negating the YA aspect of the rest of the book. I would say the book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am a reviewer for Romance Author’s that Rock. I am giving this novella 3 stars. The story skipped so much that needed to be included in order to understand if Ricky was a bad guy or a confused good guy.
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