- The Mage on the Hill by Angel Martinez Release Day Review
The Mage on the Hill by Angel Martinez Release Day Review
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.
POV: 3rd person, dual POV
I'm not going to wax lyrical about this book. I could. But, this is one of those rare times where I didn't mark copious notes as I was reading. I didn't need to write notes, because from page 1, I was sucked into the book and it didn't let go until 'The End'. It reminded me of how a good book is supposed to work – that it grabs you right away and you don't want to let that; that you instantly connect to the characters and feel comfortable in the world. That's what I got here. It dragged me right out of my book slump and back into “I. MUST. BUY. THIS. PAPERBACK.” And, I will. Just the minute it's available.
After a run of lacklustre stories, this one grabbed my heart on page one – which bled for Toby – and didn't let go until that reckless kid ran off to talk to his plants.
I can't wait for the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what is in store for Toby, Darius, Arden, Elias and Zubayr, and I seriously hope that this series keeps going and doesn't end.