Hey-o! I is back with another review. I think is the third one in a month which is a lot compared to the fact that before that the number was none. Well, I really wanted—and by that mean needed—to write a review for this book because it does not have the hype it deserves.
Name: Ruthless Magic (Conspiracy of Magic #1)
Author: Megan Crewe
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?
Let’s start with the story. We are the set in this world except for the fact that those with magic, mages, are now out in the open. In that world, there are three type of people—the Dulls, those were born without magic, so basically muggles, the Burned which were those whose magic was taken away, and the Dampered which are those that didn’t get accepted at the university and could not continue using magic except for one specific thing. The Dampered were only allowed magic for one use, Rocio’s mom for sewing and her dad for cooking, yet those with magic, especially the Dampered, were pushed aside by the Dulls. Those that were not accepted by the university were to be damped and because there were some people who would not accept this fate, the Confederation created an exam that they could take. Those who were champions would get to keep their magic and would get special mentors, but there’s a catch if you lost you would get burned. This test was hard and it was known for some to lose their life while taking it. That’s where the hunger games reference comes from since it is similar in the sense of fighting to stay alive and survive each test they were put through, but they had an advantaged they were allowed to use their magic. So, this is the setting which honestly just by that you should read the book.
Then we got the characters: Mark, Desmond, Prisha, Rocio, Finn, Judith, and Lacey. There are others but these are the one the story focuses on. I won’t talk about each specific characters because that would take too long, but I want to talk about the diversity in this book and the two main characters. We got African-American, lesbian, latina and disable representation with a touch of an interracial relationship.
Rocio López, one of the two main character. is a badass, smart af, latina who is truly kind. I think she’s specifically Mexican-American, but that’s only mentioned once so I’m not sure. She is smart and powerful and she knows it, but she’s also new magic which means you can’t track the magic back to her ancestors. For what it seems her dampered parents were the first one in her family to have magic. The reason she declares for the exam: new magic weren’t really accepted so they rejected her aplication.
Finn, he doesn’t represent the minority since he’s white, old magic, and is rich, but the other point of view in this story is his. He is funny, kind, positive, and smart, but not the most powerful. After he gets accepted to the university he decides to declare for the exam to prove that he should keep his magic because he deserves it and not because of his last name.
Prisha, she’s Finn’s best friend and the lesbian representation. We don’t know enough for me to write a whole paragraph about it, but I must mention that even though they mention the fact that she’s gay this doesn’t really become the focus of her character. She’s a normal character who’s gay and that’s it.
And then for disable and African-American representation we got Desmond (I’m really hoping I’m writing his name correctly) he’s a geek who happens to be black, but is also blind. This doesn’t stop him from anything, therefore he isn’t used to make you feel bad, but to prove that those with disabilities can be as powerful, independent and badass as everyone else.
For the interratial aspect I won’t say a thing because of spoilers. Some might call it insta-love, but considering it is not love at first sight, but love as they interact and they see how powerful and amazing are each other. I’m not one to love relationship in stories like these, but this one I loved and I ship so hard.
The story. At first the story can be slow as they explain the world, they introduce the characters and all that jazz. I basically explained most of it at the beguining, but I don’t consider it spoilers since it’s basically an introduction to the world and what starts the story. Anyway, after you get through all the introduction and boring stuff it gets good like I thought I read 15 minutes but it was really 50 kind of good. The kind of good it doesn’t let you stop.
This leads me to the question, why is this story not well-known? Most reviews are of arcs and the story is not known among those in the reading community and it also does not get the hype it deserves. This is why people don’t read it because we tend to read what’s in. This is because what’s in is what we see everywhere. I am not the exception because I found out about this book because of a friend who helped the author make an authentic Latina character, and the only reason I got it was because of the fact that pre-ordering the Kindle version costed less than buying a lunch. But I will definitely be getting a physical copy.
I dare to say that this one is one of my favorite reads of 2018 and that everyone should read it. Get it! The Kindle version is only $3.99 and if you have Kindle unlimited then you can read it for free.
There’s also a prequel novella called Magic Unmasked that is based on Finn’s parents. The story is about how his dad was fighting for the integration of Mages with the Dulls and how he met his wife. The prequel is $0.99 cents on Kindle, but if you go to her website you can get it for free. I believe you don’t need to read Ruthless Magic to read the novella and the other way around.
As you can see I loved this story which is why I gave it a 5/5. If I can convince just one person to read the book then all this was worth it. I mean it’s worth just talking about it, but if you read it then it’s worth it x 10.
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