Notes of Magic by Jessica Bucher
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Enchanted city. Old magic. New threat.
Taq, a young fiddler, comes to Prague with dreams of joining the Bohemians—a band of immortal, magic-wielding street performers. With a mission to right past wrongs, things don’t go as planned when he meets the beautiful performer, Katia. Now, he must decide if revealing his secret is worth losing her heart.
Katia has spent one hundred years chained to the city, broken-hearted and silent,
waiting for her chance to be free. But with an impending threat on Bohemia itself and a mysterious newcomer, peace is starting look farther than ever. Now she must decide if she should trust Taq or put her faith in the one who broke her heart—the tyrannical Magistrate of Bohemia.
Curses can be broken, but at what cost?
What I thought
I received an e-copy of the story for an honest review. I enjoyed it so much that I purchased a physical copy.
Notes of Magic is the first book in a young adult fantasy series. The story takes place in a futuristic Prague. People with Magic come to Prague (Bohemia) for the Magistrate’s protection. The Bohemians trade 100 years of their life for protection and Immortality during that time, in exchange, they perform on the city streets using their gifts whether they be by performing magic tricks or playing music. The two main POV’s are Katia and Taq. Taq had traveled to Bohemia to make things right. Katia is not happy and is counting down her remaining days until she is free. The last thing either of them expected was to fall for each other.
I loved the atmosphere of old-world Prague. The love story is very cute. Katia is very naive but if you were stuck at 17 for 99 years…and the Bohemians as a whole are very sheltered by their leader (The Magistrate). The Magistrate shelters them out of fear because of what he went through what he had to endure. The one main downfall that I had with the book is the story is sold as being steampunk; however, it only has one character that has any steampunk elements and these were the only steampunk elements present in the story. I was really bumbed out about it because that was what really sold me on the book. I really hope that there are more steampunk characters in the future books in this series.
All in All, it was still a good read and I will be continuing on with book 2.
My Rating: /5