ARC Review: Mageborn by Jessica Thorne

49976894._SY475_Mageborn by Jessica Throne
My Ratings: 4/5

Sold to the Crown in the aftermath of the Last Great War, Grace Marchant has never known her parents. Now, she trains as an elite soldier tracking down mageborn – those born with an ancient and long-outlawed magic – and destroying them if they don’t surrender their power to the Crown.

The mageborn who submit are collared, then handed over to the King’s cousin and heir: the elusive Bastien Larelwynn, Lord of Thorns, locked away in his shadowy workshop deep inside the castle. What becomes of them is hard to say – the Lord of Thorns keeps his secrets close.

Grace has always fought the voice inside her that questions whether the law is truly just – but when her closest friend is next on Bastien’s list, Grace’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Confronting Bastien – searching his strangely compelling obsidian-black eyes for answers – Grace is shocked to feel herself begin to change, to show the first signs of the wild magic she so fears.

Only the Lord of Thorns has the power to save her and the rest of the mageborn – if he doesn’t destroy them all first…

Trigger Warnings: physical violence, Slavery, mild gore, physical injury; mention of sexual assault by woman.

I received this book from Net Galley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.

Fantasy books are incredible because you can create so many new worlds. Unfortunately since there’s so many and I don’t have the time to indulge myself I can’t read them most of the time. Thankfully when I saw this title on a request on Net Galley I told myself “It sounds intriguing, I love intriguing magic and sizzling romance so why not?” and next thing I know I got approved, how fun! 😀

“You really believe that crap?” he spat. “The way they treat us?”
I believe it. I know what monsters like you can do. I’ve seen it. The evidence is downstairs. But the law does not bend, and cannot break. Truth and justice, that’s what matters.

Grace Marchant owes everything to the crown. She was raised to apprehend unregistered mageborns (those who were blessed with the power of magic) and stop them from doing any harm. She’s the poster child of the academy, beloved by her officers and sworn to upheld the law and protect those who cannot help themselves. Right away I was smitten by her a true soldier putting herself on the front line, ensuring that the kingdom is safe, treating her teammates with their respect and love while others would be afraid or sneer at them just because of their powers. Grace tries her best but alas everything isn’t as easy when troubles starts to brew when the Lord of Thrones, Bastien Larelwynn the cousin to the king, is in serious problem when his work gets stolen and only Grace anointed by the king can keep him safe.

“No buts, captain. I’ll protect you.”
She couldn’t help the smile, a broken wavering expression. “That’s my job, Bastien. I’m meant to protect you.”
“Then we protect each other. It seems only fair. Deal?”

Bastien and Grace relationship started on a very rocky start. Bastien is a complex character, hated for what he is to the crown and the people and yet a cog to the machine that ensures the safety of the mageborn. He know he can’t change things due to the politics and his reputation but he is trying. Grace didn’t trust him and frankly who would when all evidence of him of his experiments points to him in series of unspecified crimes. There’s a battle of wits between the two, undeniable attraction and yet they both horde secrets unwilling to relay on one another. I liked how slowly the plot headed to where their connection began to bloom into this romance but it also felt kinda not right there yet. It’s like a cake in a oven. You want the cake to be baked, to taste good but you can’t be hasty and thus despite all that it does taste incredible but not sufficiently like you presume it’d.

Mageborn is the first of a planned new series made by the lovely Jessica Throne published by Bookourture. I never read anything from her nor heard about her and I am quite baffled why not. Sadly not many indie creators get to be noticed in the industry especially if it’s a sci-fi or fantasy story. Jessica plotted a colorful mythology in a fascinating magic system that at first seems simple and yet expended the further you read in. You think you understand how the world works but then its flip everything upside down. I really can’t wait for the sequel and if you are interested please try to give it a read.

Is it diverse? Gay and Lesbian side characters, POC characters, mental illness in one character. 

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