Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Angel Martinez has so many gifts when it comes to writing. And they are ALL evident in this first book of the Web of Arcana series! First of all is the world building. In this book, the world is a fantasy version of our own, where magic users live among us, and are separated into guilds. Unfortunately, if you are not easily placed into your arcana-or the origins of your magic-then you are placed in hospice. This doesn’t sound awful until you realize the definition of a magic hospice is basically a long, slow death sentence where they literally starve you to death. The level of detail strikes that delicate balance where the reader is drawn into the narrative without getting bogged down by it. Martinez’s second gift is the depth of her characters. Tobias Jones and Darius Valstad could not be more different. Toby is young, energetic, joyful, and chatty. Dar is broken. He is older, grumpy, a loner, and communicates in grunts and mono-syllabic words if he uses any at all. These two are forced into close proximity when Toby seeks out Dar as the last chance he has for survival. In their quest to figure out how to help Toby, they encounter other outcasts that are also a part of Dar’s interesting past. These secondary characters are all unique and interesting enough that I really hope they each get their own story in this series. As if an engrossing world and fascinating characters aren’t enough, then Martinez adds some really original adventures and a sweet romance. If this book is the example of what is to come in this series, then I, for one, am exercising my clicking finger so that I am ready when they are released!