The Mage on the Hill is a great introduction to what promises to be a fantastic series. Urban fantasy, with magic and romance, it’s got everything you could want from a fantasy series. The characters are incredible, the plot is well paced and the romance was slow burn but beautiful.
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.
Angel Martinez currently lives part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head. She has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
Angel’s alter ego writes the all-ages science fiction – Sandra Stixrude.
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine
The Mage on the Hill (The Web of Arcana #1) by Angel Martinez
POV: 3rd person, dual POV
Content Warning: forced medical-drug-use, euthanasia, May/Dec
Wow! The Mage on the Hill is everything you could want in an urban fantasy. Magic. Romance. Power struggles. And a whole heap of drama, within a plot that flows seamlessly. From slow growing trust to a tentative love, and the reunion of old friends and new, it will break your heart and leave you on the edge of your seat. But, by the time you’re done, you’ll be ready to do it all over again.
I’m not going to wax lyrical about this book. I could. But, this is one of those rare times where I didn’t mark copious notes as I was reading. I didn’t need to write notes, because from page 1, I was sucked into the book and it didn’t let go until ‘The End’. It reminded me of how a good book is supposed to work – that it grabs you right away and you don’t want to let that; that you instantly connect to the characters and feel comfortable in the world. That’s what I got here. It dragged me right out of my book slump and back into “I. MUST. BUY. THIS. PAPERBACK.” And, I will. Just the minute it’s available.
After a run of lacklustre stories, this one grabbed my heart on page one – which bled for Toby – and didn’t let go until that reckless kid ran off to talk to his plants.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Toby, Darius, Arden, Elias and Zubayr, and I seriously hope that this series keeps going and doesn’t end.
“Please. Mr Valstad. You’re, like, my Obi-wan here. My only hope.”
“Well, thanks. I think I’m a bony reed with a skunk stripe, but I appreciate it.” Toby stroked a wild lock of hair from Darius’s forehead. “You think you’re ugly. Just because you have scars.” He traced the white edges of those scars. “Disagree with me all you want, but I think you’re hot. Like ghost pepper, oh my gods, I put too much of that in my chili hot. You earned your scars doing something that should’ve been impossible. You saved Zubayr and a good portion of a city doing it. Those scars? They’re a map of what you’ve accomplished. They’re you and they’re perfect.””