Cass Clereaux is good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third - but not because she wants to be good at hiding. Cass is a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of a dragon's soul. On the surface, the perks are sweet - she has the power to find and steal any type of magical treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals.
But it doesn't come without a price; stealing powers requires that she kill, and others would destroy her if they discover what she is. In a world full of magic, hiding her powers is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only ways to pay the bills. But it's a dangerous job when you can't use your magic.
When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hires her to find an ancient scroll, she doesn't want to take the job. His immense amount of power reminds her of too much of murky memories from a past she can't remember. But she has no choice. The scroll will reveal what she is. And if anyone finds out, she's dead.
Ancient Magic features kick-butt heroines, a hot hero, and otherworldly adventure.
©2016 Linsey Hall (P)2016 Linsey Hall
Absolutely. I listened to the book and got caught up in the story and with the characters. To an extent that I purchased the next book in the series and listened to that without remembering to come and review this. It's really easy to listen to and enjoy the story with a very strong female lead (backed by two others).
Cass and Aidan. I've got to pick two not because the characters need each other to work but because they work so well together. In this book and the next. Saying that Del and Nix and their friends are all really good characters. It's a book that was seriously so enjoyable that I can't fault anyone and thought that all of the characters were excellent!
Really good voice for our main character, Cass. She makes the character sound a mixture of confident and nervous, strong yet fragile. But still kick-ass. I also like the authority and confidence that she gives to Aidan.
I loved it. I seriously finished it and purchased the next one. Really good!!
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Loved it. You can feel the tension between the two lead characters. I felt myself saying just tell him your secret!.... Not your usual supernatural novel. Engaging, fast paced and so many twists.
Audible when's the next book going to be available.
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I could not stop listening to this I had to know what happened next. The story is different and has lots of twists. The plot is different not your normal run of the mill witch mysteries. I loved the twist at the end.
I loved the characters and I do hope audible buy the rest of the series soon.
"Flat Characters, Poor Writing"
From the opening chapter, I could tell this book was going to be a bother. I got 3/4 through and DNF.
It starts off with three teenaged women (magical and potentially deadly) waking up in a field near each other with no memories of themselves.
In the intro alone, there was SO MUCH TELLING. The author really needs to take more writing workshops or creative writing classes and learn to show her story. I read on, hoping she was just a terrible editor and the later chapters would show more development.
They didn't. The Telling continues to an absurd degree: "I was afraid" vs "My nerves were wound so tight, I almost leapt over the railing of the ship when Aidan's hand came down on my shoulder."
Speaking of Aidan ... He's an absurd character. Super rich, super handsome, super powerful, super polite, super ... flat. Where are the imperfections and restrictions? Why does the MC throw around words like "falling for him" and "liked him a lot" when "Let's check those rocks over there!" is the extent of their interactions?
In fact, why can't she just acknowledge once that he's hot and shut the hell up about it and go do her job to make sure she and her sisters stay free of the "mysterious" evil they escaped ten years before? 50% of this book is just repeats of "He's hot" and "He smells so good!" <<<<< Literally! No showing!
If you combined the TV shows Charmed and Birds of Prey, you'd probably end up with something that feels like this book. I recommend you skip and maybe try a later series by the author when she has had time to develop more.
Let me start by saying, this is the third book by this particular narrator I've listened to and I think it's her best one yet. That said, it sort of broke my brain going from one set of characters to another.
I enjoyed Ancient Magic a lot more than I thought I would, and now I'm wondering when the rest come out on audio. I was mostly attracted to it by the awesome cover, and while the prologue was a touch boring, as soon as chapter 1 started, I was hooked. I absolutely loved the characters, the way the whole firesoul thing worked, and the magical towns in the middle of our world. I liked that the character was powerful but had good reason not to use her magic. It made each usage have weight to it. I also liked the coffee shop. It was incredibly clever.
There were many times I found myself thinking, "OMG did that seriously just happen?"
I seriously recommend this book to anyone who likes magic. It's a straight up adventure book with a touch of hot (non-shirtless) shifter romance. One of the character's even remarks on how the hot shifter keeps his clothes on. LOL
Nothing terribly graphic happens as far as their relationship goes so it comes off as nice and sweet. I'm actually pleased at the hint of romance and that it didn't degrade into extremely graphic sex.
"Great Magical Adventure"
This was definitely a quality magical/fantasy fiction with a lot to brag about. Everything from the author's take on magic, the world in which the story takes place, and the story line and theme itself were all interesting, exciting, and enjoyable. I listened to the entire audiobook in one day.
The main character, Cass, and her two female companions wake up in the middle of a field with few memories other than an instinctual urge to run. There is only one thing they do know about themselves... They are FireSouls, feared and hunted by all other magical beings for their ability to steal the magical abilities of others.
After meeting Aiden, a very wealthy and powerful magical being, she learns of an ancient scroll that reveals the identities and weaknesses of the most powerful magical beings in the world, including FireSouls. She works with Aiden in the hunt for this scroll with the intention of destroying it before anyone can read it, including Aiden. However, what she didn't expect were the feeling that both her and Aiden would develop for each other, or what other powerful magical beings might be looking for the same scroll...
The narration of this book was solid and fit the main character and the story very well. Definitely looking forward to similar performances in the future.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
"I want more! Great Series Starter"
Yes, it is just as good. Ms. Shroeder has such a soothing voice that I cannot listen to her books right before I fall asleep because her voice lulls me into sleep then I have to rewind!
I didn't want this story to end and I look forward to the next books in the series. This book caught me up right from the beginning and made me crawl inside. It's a GREAT book when you can crawl inside. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom
"Start of a promising series"
Time flew by and the book was finished like magic from the story. Adventure, magic users, and shifters woven together in a interesting world, I will definitely be waiting for book 2. "This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom"
"Cass The Magic Dragon"
The characters did not connect with me. The story was well written and well read, but I could not find the magic. Cass was continuously repeating that she could not use her magic and if she did she would go to prison. I understood her problem, but the repletion became tedious.
After the conclusion to the audio book there was a generous portion of the second book in the series. Some of the problems that I found in the first book seemed to be rectified in the second.
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"Excellent Series Start"
This was an excellent start to a series. It was Lara Croft with magic. The action is constant and the narration was perfect.
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"Supernatural Tomb Raider"
Cass and her two deirfiúr (adopted sisters in the Irish Gaelic language) are magical beings with connected dark, hidden pasts. Cass is strong, brave, and very protective of her privacy. A likable and interesting heroine.
For 10 years, she and her deirfiúr have been hiding their true selves -- making lives for themselves while shielding the fact that they are DragonSouls from the rest of the world. But as the series begins, other people and situations threaten to break those secrets and potentially disclose them to the world.
I enjoyed the archaeological aspects of the book along with the budding romance. Laurel Schroeder's voice is perfect for the 25-year-old heroine. My only criticism is that she tends to speak in the same rhythm over and over.
"Great new series."
The story and performance are great. Always like the magic books. Characters are well established and books flows nicely until the end when you are left hanging way before expected. The reason I rated it 4 star overall is because the last 50 minutes are devoted to the next book which I plan to buy anyway. If people like the first book they will buy the second, if they don't like it, giving them a preview will not help.
"Review Ancient Magic"
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This is the perfect match of author Linsey Hall and narrator Laurel Schroeder. The story holds your interest with its adventures and interplay of characters while Laurel brings each to life with her performance. I will be following each new book this pair produces .
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