Sunday, October 6, 2013

GUEST REVIEW: ELEMENTAL MAGIC (Elemental Magic, #1) by Angela Wallace

Title: Elemental Magic
Series: Elemental Magic, #1
Author: Angela Wallace
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: November 19, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Ellen’s rating: 5/5


Aileen Donovan is an oceanographer with magical control over the element of water. While her normal focus is on research and fighting poachers, she’s about to go up against the stuff of legends—and that’s saying something for a supernatural.

A transport ship is missing and everyone’s eager to get their hands on the cargo. No one knows what exactly it is, but when fragments resembling coral begin to drive local residents insane, Aileen suspects a preternatural source. Whatever is at the bottom of the ocean, a power-hungry alchemist wants it, and releases a sea dragon to eat the competition—literally.

Aileen sees this as an opportunity to win the professional recognition she desires, but keeping secrets is complicated when she’s working with local Coast Guard officer Colin Benson. Her sense of love and duty will be put to the test, and when the tide washes out, it might have been better if that lost ship had stayed lost.


I finished Elemental Magic in less than two days and enjoyed every moment. Getting a shiner from an attempted kiss by a sea lion and dealing with poachers and pollution threats are all in a day's work for Aileen Donovan, her brother Keenan, their father and their co-workers. Facing a greedy maniac who wants to salvage the cargo on his sunken ship and dealing with a sea monster that was believed to be extinct, is not so much part of everyday life.

This gripping page-turner is written in such a comfortable, fluent style that one is tempted to continue reading and ignore mundane things like time. The author keeps the perfect balance between riveting action, intrigue, nail-biting suspense and the extremely well-written romantic part of the story. Readers who are interested in the sea and the science surrounding it should find this book a particularly stimulating read. For the fantasy enthusiasts there are numerous magical artefacts, element-wielding characters and my favorite, Setus, the sea dragon.

All the characters in this book are realistic and well fleshed out. Aileen, the main character, isn't the most diplomatic person around but she has a fierce sense of loyalty towards her family and co-workers. She can also kick butt in a fight; especially when she has water at her disposal. Between the pyromaniacs and evil alchemists it is really difficult to work out who the real villain of the story is until the very end. I suggest the sensitive reader keep a couple of Kleenex close by.

I highly recommend Elemental Magic as a thoroughly exciting, often amusing and deeply heart-warming book for readers of all ages.


Elemental Magic by Angela Wallace has 53 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



Angela Wallace has been penning adventures ever since she was sucked through a magical portal as a child. What she saw and whom she met gave birth to exciting and complex fantasy worlds where defying the laws of physics was a bonus. She has since come back down to earth, only to discover this mortal realm has magic of its own. Now she is quite at home in the world of urban fantasy, though believes that love, faith, and hope are of a stronger magic than fire wielding and sorcery. She loves gun-toting good boys, and could have been a cop in another life except real blood makes her queasy. She’ll have to stick to solving supernatural mysteries. Language is her pleasure, whether it’s weaving words on a page or lassoing linguistics into translations as a sign language interpreter.


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