Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: INSTITUTE OF MAGIC by LINSEY HALL - DRAGON'S GIFT: THE DRUID # 1 - URBAN FANTASY


By: Linsey Hall

Published By: Bonnie Doon Press
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 246 Pages

RATING: 4.25 LACHLAN STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Where winning means survival.


According to legend, I’m supposed to be some kind of all-powerful DragonGod—gifted with the magic of gods. Instead, I’m a dud. In fact, I'm currently failing out of the Undercover Protectorate’s magical institute.

It's the supernatural version of Scotland Yard, and I’ve got one chance left to earn my place here. To do so, I have to compete in a deadly race across the world. In order to win, I need to survive. And I’ll need the help of a sexy and powerful shifter mage named Lachlan Munroe.

When we figure out that the race is rigged, Lachlan and I must rely on each other to make it through. But will I be able to learn enough magic to save my life?



BOOK REVIEW:

I was drawn in by the beautiful cover art for my first Linsey Hall read...One click!

I really enjoyed meeting Ana and Lachlan and the whole cast of interesting characters, including the Cats of Catastrophe. They are this fun trio of sidekicks.

The first chapter starts off fast-paced as we follow, Ana, a Dragon God, whose magic hasn’t developed fully yet as she battles demons and anything else thrown in her path during the trainee obstacle course, in Edinburgh.

The Undercover Protectorate Institute is dedicated to helping supernaturals with problems that were so dangerous the magical government didn’t want to handle them.

Ana Blackwood is training at the Academy to eventually graduate and join the Protectorate like her sister, Bree, who joined the Paranormal Investigative Team.

Enter Lachlan Munroe. He has a job that needs all hands on deck, including the trainee, Ana.



The man standing at the front was insanely beautiful—in a raw, powerful kind of way. He had to be well over six feet tall. Though he wore dark jeans and a black jacket, it wasn’t had to see that he was built like a boxer.

But his face…

Like a fallen angel, here to deliver justice. But a dark angel, with black hair and eyes. Handsome, yet a tiny bit scary in his perfection.


I really like Lachlan’s character. There is this insta-attraction and naturally, he picks Ana to work closely with on a retrieval mission.

Sparks fly, hearts flutter.

Ana is intelligent and has a good heart. She works well with Lachlan at her side and when she needs to, takes the initiative.



I sprinted around the pool, naked as a jaybird and way too close to getting hit in the face with my own boobs.



This book is a page-turner where visually I saw it all play out well in my mind. The action and battle scenes were choreographed well and painted an exciting picture in my mind as it all played out.

I have not read the other Dragon’s Gift series’ as yet, where some of the sub characters that pop up in The Druid # 1 have their own stories.

The Dragon’s Gift reading order is:

The Huntress (Cass Clereaux)

The Seeker (Del Bellator)

The Protector (Nix Knight)

The Valkyrie (Bree Blackwood)

The Druid (Ana Blackwood)



Linsey wrote this first book in The Druid series as though I didn’t have to know the characters’ from the previous spin-off series’ to read this one. Usually, I would read in the best reading order the author recommends, but this time I decided to go a little crazy and be a rebel to my own rules.

I do love what I read about Bree’s character in this book, so I am keen to read The Valkyrie series next.

Overall, I am excited to read more of Linsey’s work.


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