This book was soooo much fun!
But first…about the book itself.
For those of you who haven’t read Allison Tebo’s other three books in Tales of Ambia, you definitely need to.
- The Reluctant Godfather: Goodreads ~ Amazon
- A Royal Masquerade: Goodreads ~ Amazon
- Poppy’s Peril: Goodreads ~ Amazon
They are great for when you just want something light-hearted and comical to read. And I would recommend reading them before A Flash of Magic.
A Flash of Magic itself is a collection of 8 stories from the characters and land of Ambia.
I received an advanced reader review copy of A Flash of Magic but was not obligated to give a positive review. Thus, these are my honest thoughts on the book!!
Overall, I thought A Flash of Magic was hilarious, enjoyable, and familiar in a warm but comical way. I loved seeing the various personalities of side characters pop out of the page.
I’ll admit some of the shorter letter-style stories the book began with (mostly the first one) did not grab my attention as much as the latter ones, but I still liked getting the perspective of those characters (such as Ella).
I’d say “A Letter from Magistrate Valyns” and “A Tale of New Year’s Eve”, were my favorites, closely followed by “A Letter From Cynthia de Ghent” and “An Excerpt From The Journal of Prince Colin.” Those ones in particular sure took you for a wild, hilarious ride.
A Flash of Magic is just one of those books that feels like sitting by a warm fire or snuggling up in a blanket. The magic is never dark, although there are those who use power (including magic) wrongly and are brought to justice. It’s sparkling with little threads of genius and wit and magic, and full of characters you’ll never forget.
As far as content, here’s Allison Tebo’s own description of the content in the book:
Some inborn magical abilities. There are definitely rules for those super abilities, and the magic is treated as gifts that ought to be used for good (there are consequences when it is used incorrectly) and it is implied that there is a higher authority magical beings answer to. Hints of affection between a married couple (it mentions one couple in bed together, simply sleeping or talking), and some light kissing. There is some family-friendly violence, mostly knocking people unconscious or hitting badguys/gals. Some name-calling and exclamations like mild exclamations like “blast.”Allison Tebo’s Content Advisory for Flash of Magic
If you enjoy fantasy or fairy tale retellings, I hope you enjoy this book!
If you would like to purchase A Flash of Magic you can do so here.
You can also add it to your Goodreads shelf here.
And last but not least…the paperback giveaway on Instagram! It ends the 21st, and you can enter by clicking on the link below and following the instructions on the post. https://www.instagram.com/p/CiadkZ-LDEw/