Friday, May 8, 2020

Wayward Magic Anthology

Wayward Magic Anthology

Wayward Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 2) by [Melinda Kucsera, Joynell Schultz, Lee French, H.B. Lyne, Raven Oak, Alesha Escobar, Tiffany Shand, C.S. Johnson, Anela Deen, Erik Kort, Devorah Fox, Stephen Wallace, Gwendolyn Woodschild, Leah W. Van Dinther, Barbara Letson, C.K. Rieke, William C. Cronk, Majanka Verstraete, Toasha Jiordano, H.M. Jones, AR Johnston]

Book Description:

In Hidden Magic, Book I of the Magic Underground anthologies, our heroes faced the seen and unseen in order to save the day. These same characters now find themselves in a continuing world of trouble because as we know, life can be dangerous!

Wayward Magic (Magic Underground Book II) reveals stories of missing people, rescue, and most of all, magic. Our heroes will grapple with magic gone wayward in order to save themselves, their families, and often the world. This collection features:

  • Out-of-control magic that could destroy a young apprentice’s master and their world
  • A woman’s hidden magic leaving her with more freedom that she wanted
  • Sisters at the center of a black magic scandal must stop the city from falling to demons
  • Children separated from their mother must escape the castle on the most dangerous night in history
  • The ill are suddenly protected from death by an unlikely hero…a teenage physician
  • Famine-stricken subjects await precious cargo currently stranded on a ship
  • A holy order must save a town from a pretty poison most magical and most deadly
  • And more!

Authors in this anthology include: USA Today Bestseller Joynell Schultz, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Kucsera, Seattle Times regional bestseller & multi-international award winner Raven Oak, Tiffany Shand, Alesha Escobar, USA Today Bestseller Lee French & Erik Kort, H.B. Lyne, Anela Deen, Majanka Verstraete, C.K. Rieke, Devorah Fox, Leah W. Van Dinther, C.S. Johnson, Barbara Letson, Toasha Jiordano, Gwendolyn Woodschild, H.M. Jones, Stephen Wallace, AR Johnston, and William C. Cronk.

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My Review:

I'm reviewing The Mail-Order Witch Episode 2 by Joynell Schultz in the second anthology, Wayward Magic. It's a cozy magical mystery about a witch named Ettie who wants to help people. Her husband, Roman, wants to see her succeed and helps her at her store when he has free time. Roman's estranged father recently moved in with them. When there's a hamster infestation at the store, Ettie isn't sure who is behind it, but her father-in-law is among the suspects. He doesn't like magic being flaunted in front of non-magical humans, so there's a good chance that he isn't happy with her selling magical items to the community. There’s a resolution with the hamsters and we learn more about Roman's father, but the mystery regarding the saboteur continues in The Mail-Order Witch Episode 3 in the third anthology, Forgotten Magic.

I'm also reviewing the short narrative serial “The Ones Who Fight” by C.S. Johnson in Wayward Magic. This is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story about a girl named Skyla who lives in a utopian society that is hiding a dark secret. When she learns the horrific truth behind their perfect society, she decides to act. Her friend Aidan has agreed to help her attempt the impossible. Does her action help or destroy the community? The story will continue in “The Ones Who Choose” in Forgotten Magic.

Related Review:
Hidden Magic Anthology

More by Joynell Schultz:

About the Author:
Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz manages the family zoo (literally!) and writes romantic speculative fiction in her (nearly non-existent) free time. She's a pharmacist by training (boring!) but prefers to hang out with zebras and bears or some imaginary characters.


Nonfiction by C.S. Johnson:

About the Author:
C.S. Johnson

C.S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.

Disclosure: I received ARCs of both stories. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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