Title: Story Magic
Author: Laurel Gale
Publisher: North Star Editions & Jolly Fish Press
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Teen
Release Date: August 4th 2020
Where to Buy (pre-order): Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Wordery, Book Depository
Summary: A feminist-tinged middle grade fantasy about finding your voice and the magical power that exist in storytelling.
Girls are forbidden to practice story magic. Only bad things happen when they do. Everyone knows this, but that doesn’t stop twelve-year-old Kaya A’Dor from learning the basics from her older brother Hob. The trick is to sense a listener, one of the magical beings that inhabit the world, and tell it a story. If the listener is pleased and likes the story, it will allow the storyteller to work magic.
Although Kaya knows the risks, she attempts a little story magic to impress Hob. When Hob is taken prisoner in Prima, the faraway capital city, Kaya is convinced it’s her fault, either because someone discovered what she was doing or because the bad luck has found her.
Desperate to save her brother, Kaya will do anything to make it to Prima, including story magic. With each story she tells her ability to wield story magic grows and she soon begins to wonder if her brother’s imprisonment was really her fault or something else entirely. Each story brings her one step closer to finding Hob and leaving everything she’s ever known behind.
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Jolly Fish Press/NorthStar Editions for the earc copy to read and review of Story Magic written by Laurel Gale.
Review: This is the best book I’ve read so far this year, what an amazing magical adventure from first line to the last line.
I loved Kaya what an incredible protagonist, she was so brave, so talented beyond her own understanding, she did so much more than she ever dreamed she could, she was filled with determination and what an adventure she went on. Her magic got stronger the more she dared use it and soon realised it wasn’t as bad as she’d always been told.
I loved the concept of this book with stories being told to get the listeners to help, I really loved how each story she told got better and better as she learnt how to tell a story in different ways, when she dared step away from her comfort and try a new story. I really loved that within this story we got so many other magical stories.
I enjoyed learning of these listeners, they were a fascinating creation and really hooked you as you needed to know more about them. I feel we still have more to know of them too.
This book takes you on such a thrilling journey as you travel with Kaya to save her brother, each step she faced something or someone that tested her and scared her but each time she rose above it and showed how strong and brave she was.
This book honestly is one I’m going to read over and over again, it’s an amazing adventure, it’s filled with magic and wonder, it a story so gripping you need to read on to know what is happening next and where the journey will take her. It’s such a wonderfully written book and I recommend that you read it, if you like adventure and magic you’ll love this book.
I do hope that we may get another book in the future it certainly seemed hinted and I would love more of Kaya’s adventure and learning more of her magic stories and of the Listeners.
About Author: Laurel Gale writes books for children. Her middle grade novels include Dead Boy, her debut, and Story Magic, which will be out August 4, 2020. She lives with her husband and their ferrets in Washington. In addition to writing, she enjoying hiking, playing board games, and reading. She loves animals and is easily distracted by squirrels. You can visit Laurel online at laurelgale.com or on Twitter at @laurel_gale.
2 thoughts on “Story Magic – Book Review”
Sounds like such a terrific book I pick up! Plus, I like the cover – there’s something hopeful about it.
It’s such an incredible book, I do hope you’ll give it a read one day. And yes the cover is really pretty.