by Megan Crewe
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Another World Press (May 30, 2018)
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Genre: YA Violent Fantasy
Page Count: 352
In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die... or kill.
Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages' Exam.
Disadvantaged by her parents' low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.
Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.
Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?
Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe (Conspiracy of Magic #1)
A group of sixteen-year-old novice mages will be thrown “to the lions” in a brutal exam to test their worthiness to keep their powers.
Rocio is a very talented mage, but she comes from the wrong side of the tracks and has been rejected by the elitist Confederation of Mages. The exam will be her one chance to prove her worth to stand among them.
Finn has the right family ties, the impressive pedigree, but his talents are fair at best. He now must prove his own worthiness and actually earn his place in the Confederation.
Neither Rocio nor Finn were prepared to fight for their very lives as the exams begin, and the vile “tests” prove deadly. Mage will stand against mage, deceit and trickery will abound as these teens form an unlikely alliance in order to stay alive and keep their magic. Their biggest test will be the test of their humanity and heart, compassion and sense of moral values as they very souls are challenged. Is this what they really want after all? Where is the good they thought they could do for the world? What does the Confederation really stand for?
With a perfectly apt title, RUTHLESS MAGIC by Megan Crewe is a jagged tale, filled with danger, action and the determination of teens to win at all costs. It is graphically violent, often heartless and one never knows what to expect next. A little confusing at first until the exams begin, as multiple POVs told through the innocence of youth will keep readers on the edge of their seats wondering how these children can endure and why would anyone put them through such derisive “tests.”
Hard-hitting action, disturbing scenes and some truly heroic characters make this a fascinating tale and a strong foundation for an edgy young adult series!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Another World Press!