The Spirit Mage
Author: Layton Green
Publisher: Cloaked Traveler Press
Release Date: September 11, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Desperate to help his brothers, high-powered attorney Val Blackwood manages to find a way to return to the world of Urfe. After landing in the dangerous underbelly of New Victoria, he concludes that the only way to find Will and Caleb is to enroll in the Abbey–the school for wizards–and somehow gain access to a portal called the Pool of Souls. Yet to succeed, he not only has to pass the entrance exam and survive the rigors of the school, considered the most demanding in all the Realm, but also avoid a lethal assassin targeting students.As Val struggles to survive, his brothers undergo an even deadlier trial. Reeling from the loss of Mala, an adventuress lost in the mysterious Place Between Worlds, Will and Caleb and Yasmina are captured by slavers and taken to the mines beneath Fellengard Mountain. Even if they manage to escape, a feat no one has ever accomplished, they must still find their way out of the vast and untamed caverns of the Darklands. A place even the wizards fear.
The Spirit Mage had a lot of what I loved from the first book, including the characters, an enchanting realm, adventures at every turn, and tons of magic wielding throughout the chapters. There was even more of the brothers, twists and turns that filled almost every other chapter, and a few surprising moments that I had hoped would happen in this book.
There wasn’t as much interaction between the brothers in this novel as there was in The Brothers Three, but it was still as good. Val, Caleb, and Will do anything and everything to find their way back to each other even venturing into more fearsome territories and travels to the Place Between Worlds. It was nail biting at times as they found themselves in several deathly situations and unknown locations.Val even finds himself at a wizarding school, which was no easy feat.
What I loved even more from this second novel was that my favorite character from the first book was not gone. I was hoping for a happier alternative after some of the things that went on in The Brothers Three and I was not disappointed when it came to that (you will have to read to see who I’m talking about). Even though this character is only in certain parts of the book, it is just as eerie of a situation as those the brothers are going through.
Among those who have returned for this second part, is Caleb’s ex Yasmina who was only briefly mentioned in the last chapters of The Brothers Three, but I felt she made a great addition to this story. There were a few others that became part of the novel and had me wanting more of those interactions, hoping that they would be part of the next journey (as several didn’t make it in the first book). There’s definitely a great deal that goes on and it intensifies as the last pages are reached.
Just like the first part of this series, The Spirit Mage has many life altering final moments that might leave one brother lost forever or possibly imprisoned, while the others fight to stay alive and keep moving forward. It turns out to be the beginning of a new adventure and a race against time and the unknown as they embark in what might be against their greatest adversary as of yet. The third book in the series already feels so far away.
***I received this copy from Author Layton Green in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***