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Terrestrial Magic by Marina Ermakova

 

Most sensible people avoid fire-breathing carnivores that prey on humans. But Jordan has built a career out of studying such legendary animals, creatures thought mythological until their reemergence in the world three decades ago. She and researchers like her believe that knowledge is the key to reclaiming the land they’d lost back then, when humanity retreated into designated safety zones.

But when the humans moved out, the legends moved in. They were the descendants of mythical heroes, inheriting the powers of their ancestors, and they weren’t afraid of the monsters. Jordan never expected to run into a legend, but when a field expedition turns into a trap for her team, she realizes that one deliberately tried to kill her. It’s a diplomatic nightmare the Roman authorities might happily sweep under the rug. But if Jordan doesn’t figure out who attacked her and why, they could try again. Yet even if she does solve the mystery, what could one stubborn scientist possibly do to stop a powerful legend?

Note: Terrestrial Magic contains some harsh language.


A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Listed: Jul 4, 2018

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Editor’s First Look – Action-Packed Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Aug 12, 2018: Terrestrial Magic follows Jordan as she and her scientific team try to document legendary animals that have begun to reappear in the world, outside of heavily protected human settlements. The author does a good job of setting her world’s information up without a lot of exposition, and sinks the reader right into some interesting action at the beginning.

The setting she uses, wilderness outside of Rome that’s peppered with ruins, is interesting in and of itself, and then we get to see some of the animals they’re there to see, and it becomes more interesting still. She also does a good job of introducing the characters on the team to us through watching their actions rather than using a lot of back-story.

The web layout is clean and conducive to reading, and the links to the next chapters are right under the last, which is what I look for in a story to keep the reading flowing down the page and onto the next one. The author also seems to have done a good job editing the story and has kept typos down to a minimum.

I’d recommend this story to anyone who likes fantasy, especially stories where creatures and things that were previously only in legends (like magic, etc.) come back into a modern world, and the complications that result.

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