An Inheritance of Magic

Ace: Berkley. (Inheritance of Magic, Bk. 1). Oct. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780593549841. pap. $17. FANTASY
Stephen Oakwood seems to be drifting into adulthood when his family’s past reaches out from the shadows and sucks him into its powerful grasp, placing him as a pawn on their chessboard of greed, manipulation, and magic. But Stephen has inherited the same gifts as they have. All he has to do is dodge their machinations until he catches up in the only way he can—through the power of magic. While he trains, he only has his wits, his friends, and his cat to see him through. Stephen knows it will be enough in the long run—if he can just manage to survive whatever his scheming relatives throw at him along the way. This first entry in Jacka’s (Risen) new urban fantasy series combines a coming-of-age and coming-into-power story with a fresh new take on magic. Stephen is a character at a crossroads, and watching him figure out which way to turn and how to amass enough power to make it happen will power the series.
VERDICT Readers looking for a new take on urban fantasy, those who enjoy coming-of-age or training stories, and anyone who likes watching the rich fall will be delighted.
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