Read on for my review and a giveaway to win one of eight ebook copis of Descension.
AUTHOR: B.C. Burgess
GENRE: NA Fantasy Romance
PUBLISHED: 4th April 2012
SOURCE: Review copy received from author for blog tour
After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her lonely life, quickly finding she descends from witches and wizards. Magic is in her blood, and a handsome family friend is eager to prove it. Through a ring imprinted with her birth parents’ memories, Layla’s enigmatic past comes to light, presenting possibilities and trials more chimerical than her wildest dreams.
Quin’s natural charisma yields plenty of witches, but he longs for the lost witch – the mysterious Layla. He’s dreamed about her his entire life, envisioning the day he would lay eyes on her face and aura. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he’s confronted with the challenge of a lifetime – an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.
Employing fiendish manipulation and manpower, Agro uses the arcane force of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. Nothing pleases him more than latching on to a mystical vein, and never has there been a more enticing source. The divine witch will be his.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from Descension when I started it but I’m happy to say that Descension was a good start to a new magical series. It’s rich in detail, it’s romantic, and it’s engaging. It drew me in from the start and I just had to keep reading.
Layla was a very strong independent character. She’d been through a tough few years which resulted in her mum’s death. Then she found out that things weren’t actually as they’d seemed all her life – her mum was not her biological mum. She was given a few clues on how to track down her real family and didn’t hesitate in setting off to find them.
Quin was a friendly stranger that Layla met on her first night in Oregon. He helped settle her anxiety over what she was there for. He actually had his own motives – he knew all about Layla, who she really was, and why she was there. He’d been waiting for her all his life. He held all the answers that Layla needed and was there to protect her on her journey to find out about her true identity.
I liked Layla and Quin’s relationship. I don’t normally like insta-love type relationships but I can see how it would work in these circumstances. Quin has known about, and been dreaming about her, all of this life. Being able to finally meet her has allowed him to act upon these feelings he has. Layla has been alone, bar her 2 friends/work colleagues, looking after her mother for 3 years. She has strong feelings for Quin, heightened by the situation she’s in, and wants and needs to act upon them.
I liked the relationship between Aedan and Rhosewen. It was very similar to Layla and Quin’s. It happened fast and they fell hard for each other. The difference was that there were factors conspiring against them, resulting in Layla’s adoption.
Descension was really the book that was needed to set the reader up for the rest of the series to come. There’s a lot of background information that the reader needs to know – how the magical world, and the magic in it, works, how Layla’s parents met and what happened to them to need to have her adopted, why the dark magicians would want Layla on their side. The book ended on a cliffhanger because of this and I have no doubt that the main action will start in book #2 now that Layla is aware of who she is and her important role in her new world. I look forward to reading book #2 to see where B.C.Burgess takes Layla and Quin next.
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