Museum of Magic

Author(s)
Publisher Name
Scripturient Books
Age Range
12+
Release Date
November 27, 2022
ISBN13
978-0996887854
ISBN10 or ASIN
      
From the New York Times bestselling author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels, this new adventure is the perfect blend of history, fairy lore, and will-they-or-won't-they tension.
Emmi Castor grew up in a small town near Salem. Her home is centuries old, originally built by an ancestor renowned for witchcraft. Her grandfather converted the house into the Museum of Magic, collecting the arcane and putting it on display for all to see. But Emmi knows one thing for absolute certain…

Magic is not real.
But then a fae boy named Puck appears inside her house, the broken remains of a centuries-old witch bottle at his feet. At nearly the same time, a Hunter arrives on her doorstep, weapons drawn. Ghostly shadows call to her from the mirror, and Emmi’s grandfather is missing—perhaps kidnapped by nefarious fae, perhaps victim to the those who prey on magic.

History hides the truth.
Puck tells Emmi that she has the power to protect magical beings. He’s fae, but he’s also her only ally, and together, they explore the real life history of witchcraft mingled with the unknown influence of the fae. Emmi must reconstruct the witch bottle, save her grandfather, and maybe even fall in love…but she has to be careful.

You can never trust the fae.

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Museum of Magic
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
What worked: Unique twist on a fantasy tale where the author drew a tarot card to set the mood of each chapter. Originally this was an e-serial where readers got to vote on the direction of the next chapter. I've always loved whenever authors write outside of the box. In this case, Revis gives readers once again an engaging fantasy where a young girl finds out that magic not only exists, but she has it within herself.

Emmi Castor helps her grandfather at a Museum of Magic. Then her grandfather goes missing. Things happen fast. A bottle breaks and releases a fae named Punk. Emmi knows the stories to not trust the fae, but this one somehow seems different. When a Hunter appears and tries to harm Punk, Emmi's former opinions against magic take a sudden twist.

I really liked the energy of this story. Emmi has to trust Punk in order to find out more about her own ancestor Elspeth, who in fact was a witch. What's harder for Emmi to accept at first is the fact that she's also a witch. There's lots of paths and adventures Emmi and Punk go on to solve a mystery on how to redo a protection spell around the Museum and also on how to find her missing grandfather.

There's historical fact mingled within this story as well. Readers learn about how innocent women were targeted and killed as witches. How salt in fact does deter fae. Spells and mysteries of faedom are revealed with haunting consequences.

Readers are swept away through portals to different magical lands. I love how we find out that some fairy tales had a little truth.

Also, a huge plus is how this story originated as an e-serial where readers chose where Emmi and Punk go next. The adventures of Emmi and Punk continue in House of Hex on Kindle Vella.

Fantasy intermingles with historical fact to deliver one captivating tale.
Good Points
1. Unique twist on a fantasy tale
2. Originally posted as a serial where readers got to choose the adventure
3. Fantasy intermingles with historical fact
4. Author used a tarot card reading to set the tone of each chapter
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