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Magic Triumphed (The Mages' Guild Trilogy 3) by Andi Van at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Gay / Trans* / Queer / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Gods/Godesses / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Young Adult / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-March-2019

Book Blurb

Zaree Muna would follow her brother Tasis anywhere, but she never imagined that path to lead where it has. After Tasis and his familiar fall under a magical sleep from which no one can wake them, she and her party prepare to face the mad king of Archai without him. They don’t expect the journey to lead to the Maker herself, who predicts three deaths will occur as the battle to save their world from Archai and a jealous god nears. Two of those deaths will be loved ones, and if things go wrong, the third death could spell the end of everything.


But no one ever accused Zaree of being a coward, and as she and the others go into battle to save what Tasis has rebuilt, she is ready to laugh in the face of death. The thousand-year wait is over, and none of them will accept anything less than triumph. 


Book Review

The final installment of this intriguing trilogy is as exciting as the first two volumes with a final quest, an epic confrontation, and answers to many of the questions that have plagued the trio of adventurers at its center. Magic had been gone from this world for a thousand years when half elf Tasis, his trans sister Zaree, and elf Kelwin stumbled on the need to revive the mages’ guilds in book one. They have been battling the odds ever since as they discover ancient secrets and try to return magic to the world. Creation mythology and the idea of parallel planes of existence play into this story, dragons and gods take a more defined role, and the ever-present danger grows exponentially. What a ride!

Zaree, a young trans woman who has had to fight for acceptance among humans and elves, takes a more central role now that her brother, Tasis, and his familiar (the hilarious cat by the name of Rin) have fallen into a mysterious trance. She needs to find allies to face the mad king of Archai, but it isn’t easy. I was happy to see her reconnect with Reikos, an extraordinary young man, but I am not saying anything more than that. Dragons and the gods themselves have their own agendas as the waiting stops and the final battle for the fate of the world is upon them.

Tasis and Kelwin are now engaged and continue to work together as their love grows, but with Tasis asleep and nobody sure what is going on with him, Kelwin has to fend for himself much of the time. Jorget, a young human who has grown up with a lot of prejudices as well as an innate magical ability, is as clumsy as ever, whether it is when trying to use his magic or as he stumbles into a very unusual relationship. Most of the old friends are back and many new ones join the group as they try to ensure a better future.

Life is more difficult than before for the group of adventurers who are determined not to let bigotry, hatred, and a power-hungry king win. The teenagers continue to grow as they figure out how to survive, and I loved watching them all come into their own. At the end they have to face death itself as their courage, bravery, and determination are put to the final test. It’s a well written conclusion to an epic series and the balance between quest/adventure and character development is excellent.

If you like magic, mystical beings, and fantasy with heroic quests, if you want to know how Tasis, Kelwin, and Zaree face the conclusion of their adventure, and if you’re looking for a read full of action, danger, discoveries, and fascinating revelations about the past, then you will probably like this novel. I’ve grown to love the characters and this world and am sorry to see them go. Except – there are always rereads!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 214 pages/76700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-March-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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