Devious Magic (Relic Guardians #0.5) by Victoria DeLuis and Meg Cowley – Review

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Flora Reviews… Devious Magic (Relic Guardians #0.5) by Meg Cowley & Victoria DeLuis. My thanks to the co-author, Victoria DeLuis, for the eBook in exchange for signing up to her newsletter. However, it’s also included as a free story when you buy any book in the Relic Guardians series.

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Devious Magic (Relic Guardians #0.5) by Victoria DeLuis and Meg Cowley – ReviewMy Rating:
Title: Devious Magic by Victoria DeLuis, Meg Cowley
Series: Relic Guardians #0.5
Published by Self-Published on 5th July 2017
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Urban Fantasy

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…

Source: Gift
Review Format: eBook

Read: 8th April 2018

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 it. In fact, it could happily sit as a stand-alone as the story is concluded within its pages with no cliffhangers.

 What did I like about Devious Magic?

I really liked the synopsis for this book. Although the co-author of Devious Magic, Meg Cowley, is a new-to-me author, I’m already a fan of the Rune Witch Mysteries series written by Victoria DeLuis. Therefore, I was looking forward to reading what they would create together.

Devious Magic exceeded my expectations!

I enjoyed the writing style and found the story easy to read. The pace was good and I liked the way the plot developed. 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. However, 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.

Zoe’s exactly what I look for in a leading lady.

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

Was there anything I didn’t like?

Nope. I loved everything about this book. The story itself and the characters. There’s also an excerpt from Ancient Magic (Relic Guardians #1). Plus, 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 Devious Magic to readers who enjoy fast-paced cosy urban fantasy tales. Especially those who are fans of The Librarian or Indiana Jones franchises.

Has my review of DEVIOUS MAGIC (RELIC GUARDIANS #0.5) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links to check it out yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the authors.

Relic Guardians by Meg Cowley and Victoria DeLuis

Enter the Ley Line World and join the Relic Guardians.

Relic Guardians is an urban fantasy series co-written by bestselling British independent authors Victoria DeLuis and Meg Cowley.

The series is about a group who use the power of Ley Lines to recover magical artefacts, defeat their enemies and save the world from uncertain doom. Our main protagonists are Zoe Stark, the no-nonsense witch and bounty hunter. Hayley Bevan, a museum curator newly endowed with magical powers.

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, the prequel, Devious Magic, is set in London (UK), the whole series takes the Relic Guardians across the globe on their adventures.

Books in the Series

  • Devious Magic (Relic Guardians #0.5) (2017)
  • Ancient Magic (Relic Guardians #1) (2017)
  • Hidden Magic (Relic Guardians #2) (2017)
  • Rogue Magic (Relic Guardians #2.5) (2017)
  • Cursed Magic (Relic Guardians #3) (2017)
  • Gathered Magic (Relic Guardians #4) (2017)

Buy Relic Guardians in ebook separately or in a handy box set:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US

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About Victoria DeLuis

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Victoria DeLuis is a short story author and novelist, who loves reading – everything – and writing urban fantasy, mystery stories, paranormal romantic suspense, and even the occasional sci-fi.

She was born and raised in South Wales, which offers her a rich heritage and mythology to use in her stories.

After the birth of her daughter, Victoria decided to abandon the corporate life, return to education, and pursue her lifelong passion for writing. So, she studied creative writing and gained a first-class honours degree. After which, she put on a brave face and headed out into the big scary world of publishing.

Victoria is now busy, busy, busy: Being a mum, writing (and doing all the additional tasks that come with publishing), and running her small book promotion site – Victoria has now also completed a Master’s Degree in Novel Writing.

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

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts, I really appreciate it. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add Devious Magic to your groaning TBR piles. 😉

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Victoria DeLuis has written many books I’ve loved reading. Therefore, I’ve added her to my Favourite Authors page. Before you go, check out the other amazing authors she shares the page with.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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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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