A Weapon of Magical Destruction

A Weapon of Magical Destruction

by Katie Salidas

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A Weapon of Magical Destruction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kristen Bergh-Lewendon More than 1 year ago
As I sit here staring at the blinking cursor, not yet recovered from my story hangover, I realize I have no idea what words to use to convey what I just went through with this book. Especially to be more relevant than the insipid “I liked it!” or “it was great!” without giving away the best parts of the story. This book combines all the twists, deceptions, and double-crosses of my favorite political thrillers with all the forces of the unseen of classic fables, fairy tales, and myths, along with complex, quirky characters that run away with the story. One of this author’s great skills is her ability to create a novice heroine who doesn’t have the first clue about anything happening around her, and then allowing us to learn and experience it all with her. That makes for very compelling reading. I’ve only just finished this book and already I want to know more about Sage and ASSET. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite A Weapon of Magical Destruction by Katie Salidas is the first book in the Agents of A.S.S.E.T series. Sage is still dealing with the loss of her mother and what she inherits is the last thing she ever expected. Getting her mother's belongings from her office at A.S.S.E.T was supposed to help with the grieving. Instead, ever since returning home, weird things have happened and Sage's pretty sure she's losing her mind. Seeing strange things is the least of her problems when she loses her job and then receives a visit from mysterious man who reveals her mother's secret work dealing with magical beings. She doesn't want to believe him but being attacked by a vampire forces her to face this new world. She's given a chance to take her mother's place, but she doesn't trust A.S.S.E.T and she's not about to blindly work for them. As a war threatens and the truth of her mother's death is revealed, Sage learns of a magical weapon that could destroy everyone if it falls into the wrong hands. With surprising allies, Sage searches inside A.S.S.E.T for a murderer but knowing who to trust is almost as hard as making her roommate less suspicious. Sage has a complex, fun, dangerous, and emotional journey as she grieves over the loss of her mother and discovers secrets that change her life. She struggles to process the emotional weight of losing her mom and this plays into her story throughout as well as her personality, giving her this biting quality at times where she lashes out. She's a spunky character with a strong and layered personality that has charming quirks and flaws to balance out her strengths. She's completely well-rounded with a sass to her that never stops and a strong-willed attitude that never lets her quit. She's also incredibly nerdy and owns it which makes her even more delightful and allows for the inclusion of fun references to various fan favorites. Her journey is more about finding her strength than it is becoming a hero. Though she is heroic, she's more on a search for her identity in this world she's been thrown into and having to learn how to navigate this new life while balancing it with her old one. Katie Salidas has a steady build up exploring a thorough introduction into this secret society of magical beings while also getting inside Sage's life and the normality she has at the beginning. Salidas subtly weaves in oddities in Sage's normal life which build up to her discovery of magic. The mythology of this world is explored but it feels as if it's just one peek inside this larger society which leaves you wanting to know more and to explore everything this world has to offer. Salidas excels at fun relationships as Sage has a talent with quick banter which is often brought out, especially around the mysterious Grey. The two have tension between them where their comments are often biting while also supplying humor. Despite the serious moments and emotional turmoil, the tone stays light throughout, thanks to Sage's personality and sharp wit. Possibly the best relationship is between Sage and her roommate, Matt, who share a sibling dynamic which includes protectiveness, advice, a shoulder to cry on, and someone to be nerdy with. They accept each other fully and have a repartee that's delightful with both characters having a sass to them that comes out when they share scenes. A Weapon of Magical Destruction is an addictive read you won't be able to put down, full of mystery, magic,
ScaroletEllis More than 1 year ago
A Weapon of Magical Destruction by Katie Salidas is an amazing start to a new paranormal series. I am so in love with this series with just the first book it has amazing strong characters and an amazing story line. I can not wait to read the next story in this series. I loved it and I highly recommend this book to everyone anything to do with magic, if you buy this book you will NOT be disappointed. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
I haven’t found a book by this author that I didn’t like! This one is different from all the others. Sage is a normal 20 something with a mom she adores, a roommate who loves her to pieces and then it all comes crashing down. Her roommate still completely adores her, but when her mother is killed, things happen and life changes because of things Sage never knew existed. I liked Sage and Matt. Matt may have been my favorite character because of how loyal and caring he was. It didn't matter that Sage couldn’t tell him everything, it mattered that she was safe. I’m still not sure about some of the characters and how I like/dislike them but I’m hoping future books will help me make up my mind. Magic, faries, wars, vampires, this book had it all and mire. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next one. It was a 5/5 for me and I want more! Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine
JEA2 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book , it has a great storyline. I can't wait for more from this author. I received this book as a FREE ARC copy to read and I voluntarily leave this review.
RabidReader1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this unique and thrilling story. When Sage’s mother is killed she knew her life would never be the same again but she had no idea just how drastically it would change. By nature of a heritage she was totally unaware of, Sage is reluctantly drawn into the hidden and often volatile world of policing the supernaturals she had previously thought only existed in the games she played with her friends. I really enjoyed this fresh take on a world where paranormals are hidden in plain sight. Sage is a great character, she is strong, adaptable, a bit naive (but then who wouldn’t be when you find your world is suddenly not how you thought it was) and you can’t help but want more from life for her. The action, intrigue, secrets, twists and characters in this story are great. I enjoyed how feasible the hidden world seemed and the banter between Grey and Sage is excellent. Grey is an intriguing character, he is strong, moody and a bit oppressive, but there are hidden depths to him and I can’t wait to find just what makes him tick. I love Matt, his humour and caring nature endears you to him from the start but you do worry for his safety. There are some great characters in this enjoyable story and I really look forward to seeing how they develop, where the story leads and what other trouble Sage will get into in the next book.