Series: Alex Noziak #1
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Published by Cantwell Publishing LLC on March 8th 201
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Hidden from a world unaware of magic, a recently and only partially trained group of operatives known as the Invisible Recruits are the only ones willing to stand between mankind and those powerful preternatural factions seeking to change the balance of power and gain world domination.
Alex Noziak, part witch/part shaman, anticipates facing dangerous preternaturals out for blood . . not fashion week. But when the rookie agent is sent undercover to find out who, or what, is behind a series of world-wide thefts of top-secret intelligence, Alex tangles with the Seekers.
Seekers hunt gifted human individuals like Alex and her squad whose rare powers can keep the balance between human and nonhuman squarely on the side of the humans. Her simple assignment turns into a battle of survival for everyone involved when she crosses Bran, a mysterious warlock, who might be her only ally or worst enemy.
To save the innocent, Alex must call upon her untested abilities, but at what cost?
Invisible Magic by Mary Buckham is a roller coaster of an Urban Fantasy that takes place in a world full of magic, mystery, danger and intrigue. It’s a world where human and non-humans have coexisted together for many years. From witches to warlocks, to shape-shifters and weres, there are all kinds of creatures who inhabit part-shaman, part-witch Alex Noziak’s world.
Recently recruited to a five member all female team known as the Invisible Recruits, Alex is tasked with helping to keep humans safe from the non-humans who want to do them harm. Alex doesn’t want to be a member, but she really doesn’t have much of a choice. When a training session results in Alex nearly getting one of her teammates killed, she is tempted to quit the team. But when she learns that someone she loves has gone missing, her plans change. Now Alex is on a dangerous mission to rescue a loved one, and she’ll need to learn to trust and rely on her powers, her teammates, and maybe even the very attractive but mysterious entrepreneur Bran.
Not since Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson have I fallen in love with a female character like I have with Alex Noziak. She’s a multifaceted character, with major trust issues, and she doesn’t play well with others. But she clearly loves her family and is extremely loyal to them, and will do anything and everything to keep them safe. There’s a vulnerability to her that makes her sympathetic and relatable. She’s an easy character to root for and love.
I liked most of the secondary characters, but we weren’t given as much insight into them as we were given with Alex. After all, the story is told mostly in first person, but on occasion the author does use third-person point of view. Either way, I’m looking forward to getting more background information on Alex’s teammates Mandy, Vaughn, Jaylene, and Kelly, as well as Alex’s potential love interest Bran.
Speaking of Bran, the relationship between Bran and Alex is a complicated one. There’s a lot of flirtation and attraction. However, their attraction for one another doesn’t take away from the fact that both are often times wary and distrustful of the other. These two have tons of chemistry, but they have a number of obstacles to overcome before they will be able to commit to anything. And there’s one obstacle in particular I can see remaining there for quite some time. I won’t give anything away, but it’s a doozy.
There’s so much more story to tell, but I felt that this book did a great job of setting up the mythology, the plot, and the characters, while allowing the author to continue to expand on all of these elements in future books. All in all, Invisible Magic is an entertaining read with a strong and capable female lead, an ensemble cast of awesome and complex characters, and an intricate story with a rich and engrossing mythology. I highly recommend this book, so pick up a copy soon along with the novella Invisible Prison. Also, books two and three, Invisible Power and Invisible Fate, are slated for release in June and September respectively. Check out www.marybuckham.com for more information (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).