Terrestrial Magic is the first in the Jordan Sanders series, and it’s a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy set in Italy. Jordan’s a young woman who studies “
Sara’s Rating: 3/5
I really enjoyed the premise of Terrestrial Magic–it has all my favorite hallmarks of urban fantasy, with a bit of survival action thrown in. The lack of romance was refreshing–I believe Jordan is asexual, and it’s great to see more ace rep! The addition of fieldwork served as a great introduction as we’re first dumped into Jordan’s world.
My main issue with the book was writing. It read a bit like YA, which is totally fine, but it’s not marketed or categorized as such. I didn’t feel like I was in Jordan’s head nearly enough, especially given that it’s written in 1st person. Part of this was due to telling vs. showing, particularly in a few high-action parts, and not trusting the readers to understand what she meant the first few times and over-explaining, which pulls me out of the story. Overall, I think a round of line-edits would fix most of these issues.
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About the Reviewer
Sara Voorhis is an avid adult / YA fiction and memoir reader. She loves character-driven work that is both honest and poignant. Works featuring marginalized folk of all sorts are her particular favorites, especially if they’re #OwnVoices. If it makes her cry, it’s a sure winner!