Here’s the set-up for Brian Dockins’ Betrayal of Magic, $3.99 on Kindle:
Cadan Johnson lived a seemingly ordinary life. He was on the soccer and cross country teams and had a loving family. But one thing about the Johnsons made them very unordinary- they could perform magic.
When a mysterious spell on his school counselor backfires, Cadan is faced with the realization that everything he thought he knew about his family has been a lie. He leaves his home to search out the identities of his real parents, but before he can discover the truth, he is tracked down by another group of magic-wielders, this time sent by the government.
The top-secret Department of Magic was set up in the 1930s when the U.S. government became aware of the existence of mages and fantastical creatures. For the last eighty years, the agency has been commissioned with searching out and detaining these magical beings, and making sure everyone else believes they are no more than myth.
Now a detainee within the Department, Cadan quickly realizes the truth – that not everything in this world is quite as it seems. The Femme Fatales, a world famous all-female pop group is actually a troupe of fairies. And Tyler Knox, the teen heartthrob, is secretly an elf who has had to alter his ears before appearing in movies.
Now a rookie agent, Cadan begins to train with his new team of misfit operatives, among them one boy with four arms who is afraid of the dark, another with black wings, and an elf with anger management issues. The group fights constantly, their training sessions are disasters, and to top it off, the leader of the team hates him. But when one of the leaders initiates a plan to destroy the Department, the only thing that stands in his way is Cadan and his ragtag band. With the fate of the Department at stake, will they be able to stop the rogue agent and his forces?
From the reviewers:
The characters are so well developed and easy to like that I found myself intrigued. - dgbookworm | 3 reviewers made a similar statement
It was very well explained and had that adrenaline pumping feeling to it! - Nic from Bookmark Reviews | 2 reviewers made a similar statement
I thought the book was an awesome blend of fantasy, mystery and suspense with a twist. - Volleyholly | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
Awesome new talent. Young adult fantasy/paranormal isn’t usually a genre I read, but the title caught my eye and I read a sample. Where has this author been? The characters are so well developed and easy to like that I found myself intrigued. A family inheritance of magic – I was hooked. You immediately relate to this family and understand how their struggle to be true to their family inheritance but also be “normal” can be challenging. – “dgbookworm”
.I loved it! I fell in love with Cadan and grew attached to the other characters. It was suspenseful but most of all what I was impressed with was the story was not predictable. The story made me feel like I was part of the characters and living through what they were experiencing. - SaraJ704
Pleasant surprise! I downloaded this book without really knowing anything about it. It was very well written. I instantly fell in love with the main character, Cadan, and his story. From the start, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to learn more about Cadan’s history, and I cant wait to find out more in the rest of the series. – “Volleyholly”
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