Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars (3.5 is more accurate!)
Note: I was sent a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.
After a devastating incident, Adelaide ‘Addie’ Auctor’s comfortable life back in Salem, Massachusetts becomes a thing of the past. In order to stay safe, she must pass an initiation test to get into a secret but prestigious university called The Wicked Cabal. This is no normal university though as it’s specifically for those who perform magic. Off to a jarring start, Initiation proves to be one of the hardest challenges Addie has had to face. It doesn’t help that she’s separated from her brother, Augustus- someone who’s always been her rock and protector. And so with such little experience, and with painful memories so fresh, is passing initiation something Addie can do?
The Auctor Trilogy was an entertaining read. I enjoyed following the group of young people who had to work together in facing crazy and at times life threatening obstacles. I didn’t have a favourite character but instead, I moreso enjoyed the interactions between certain people e.g. Liam and Tempest’s bickering was amusing. It was also nice to see Addie form so many friendships.
The writing style was okay but I found that there were a lot of passages where things were slightly over explained. Whilst it’s important to be detailed so that the audience have a full understanding of what’s happening, it’s not always necessary to over describe basic things. I felt like this slowed down the pace of the story although as the plot progressed, this didn’t happen as much. I thought the plot was well planned out but would have loved to find out more about this ‘other’ world where magic existed.
Overall I really enjoyed The Auctor Trilogy. The story itself is pretty engrossing and if you’re a fan of books like Harry Potter then this is might be something you’d like to try. I think the story would have been even better if there were more diverse characters, and if the characters had stronger personalities. There’s a lot that’s been left unexplained and so I’d be eager to see what the next instalment will include.
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