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Flora Reviews… Devious Magic (Relic Guardians #0.5) by Victoria DeLuis and Meg Cowley

Flora Reviews…

Devious Magic (Relic Guardians #0.5) by Meg Cowley & Victoria DeLuis

Read: 8th April 2018

Format: Kindle

My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars


So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I given a digital version of this book for free from the co-author (Victoria DeLuis) in exchange for signing up to her newsletter via her website.

Thanks for the freebie.


So what’s this book about?

Devious Magic is a prequel novella in the Relic Guardians series; I don’t think that you need to have read any of the books in this series to fully enjoy Devious Magic, in fact, it could happily sit as a stand-alone as the story is concluded within its pages with no cliffhangers.

Relic Guardians is an urban fantasy series co-written by bestselling independent British authors Victoria DeLuis and Meg Cowley about a group who use the power of Ley Lines to recover magical artefacts, defeat their enemies and save the world from uncertain doom. Relic Guardians is a fast-paced urban fantasy adventure series filled with magic, action and kick-ass characters – think Lara Croft and Indiana Jones. Although, Devious Magic is set in London (UK), the whole series takes the Relic Guardians across the globe on their adventures.

If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:

My day should have been over, but I couldn’t resist this job, even if recovering a haunted mask and babysitting a foolish professor seemed a bit beneath me at the time. Not to mention, having to deal with the unsuspecting staff at the British Archaeological Museum.

Imagine my surprise when I was confronted by a demonic entity, hell bent on talking my ears off, as well as causing mayhem in London. I’m not sure whose fate is worse: the possessed professor’s, or mine! This is more like a good day at the office.

Now, I’m in a race against time to free the professor from the spirit inside the mask – all whilst maintaining the Magical Order of Secrecy and making sure the clueless Ordinaries who keep getting in the way don’t stumble upon the magical underworld.

Easy. Right?

The mask has other ideas…


 So, what did I like about it?

I really liked the synopsis for this book and although the co-author of Devious Magic, Meg Cowley, is a new-to-me author, I am already a fan of the Rune Witch Mysteries series written by Victoria DeLuis so I was looking forward to reading what they would create together. Devious Magic exceeded my expectations!

I enjoyed the writing style; the story was easy to read, I liked the pace as well as the way the plot developed and I thought the magic and action scenes were well written and easy to understand.

We had a small cast of human characters in this story – Zoe Stark, Professor Samuel Fabian and Hayley Bevan – but I was impressed with how quickly they became real in my mind; the prose used to describe the scenes and characters’ personalities cemented them in my imagination. I loved our heroine, Zoe Stark; this story proved she’s intelligent, resourceful, has a witty side and can fight both physically and magically – exactly what I look for in a leading lady.

I am impressed with Ms DeLuis and Ms Cowley’s ability to spin their tale, completely engrossing me in their world in so few pages; I enjoyed this fun story, it made me chuckle, kept me guessing, eager to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen next.


So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?

I loved everything about this book; the story itself, the fact that we also got a sample of Ancient Magic (Relic Guardians #1) and, of course, that Devious Magic was free – how can you grumble at that!


So, basically what I’m saying is…

I loved this book; what a fantastic short story to kick off a new urban fantasy series! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star story; action, mystery, an exciting story-line and humour. I have already added the next book Ancient Magic (Relic Hunters #1) to my Amazon wish list!

There is no swearing, romance/sex or graphic violence in this book; I’d recommend it to readers who enjoy fast-paced urban fantasy tales and are fans of The Librarian or Indiana Jones franchises.

So, has my review of DEVIOUS MAGIC (RELIC GUARDIANS #0.5) encouraged you to find out more? Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or to find out more about the authors. To see the other books I’ve read, take a look at my profile on Goodreads.


As I mentioned before, DEVIOUS MAGIC is a free story given by Ms DeLuis  for signing up to her newsletters but it’s also included as a free story when you buy any book in the Relic Guardians series.

Buy any Relic Guardians book in print and eBook formats through Amazon, including Amazon UK and Amazon US

Visit VICTORIA DeLUIS‘s own little corner of the web, read her blog or connect to her on social media via Twitter or Facebook

Visit MEG COWLEY‘s own little corner of the web, connect to her on social media via Twitter or Facebook or Instagram


Oh, before I go, I just wanted to let you know that I am part of the Amazon UK Associates program. I don’t work for Amazon, I’m just a woman who loves to blog and share stuff but Amazon (and I) want make sure that you understand that the Amazon UK link that I’ve included in this post is “commercial” in nature.

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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  1. […] I was bouncing with excitement. I’ve downloaded their current Urban Fantasy bundle myself because I’ve already read the prequel novella in the Relic Guardians series by Victoria DeLuis and Meg Cowley and really enjoyed it (read my review here). […]

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