Layla rescued fairies that had been kidnapped and brought to the human world. But now they can’t find their way back to the magic realm and time is running out.
Layla is a powerful fairy with magical ability that stretches beyond throwing spells. But with all that power, she still doesn’t know how to get over one-hundred fairies back to the magic realm. With their magic gone, the rescued fairies have no immunity to protect them from the toxins of the human world, and they’re slowly dying.
Layla hears a folklore about a silver wand that could restore the fairy’s power. The trouble is she has to find it and steal it. To be successful, she knows she must team up with the one man who can make her insides quiver with an accidental brush of his fingertips. The same man who’s alter ego dragon is the natural predator of fairies. The man she knows will give his life to keep the fairies safeScotland’s finest Specialist Crime Division leader, Ian Cameron.
Ian has only been a dragon shifter for a few days. He struggles to control the dragon spirit locked inside his human form, doesn’t know what magical powers he may or may not have, and has never been to a magical world. But none of those things frighten him as much as the little spark that ignites in his soul when the half – human fairy is around.
But this little fairy is no Tinkerbell. She is brave, powerful, and can wield a sword like a medieval knight.
With growing feelings toward Layla, he couldn’t refuse to help her steal the wand if he wanted to. The problem is the dragon who lives inside him would like nothing more than to feed his appetite with all of those little fairiesespecially the half human one who killed its leader.
“Mary Karlik, is truly a hidden gem of a writer.” – I Am the Bookworm
Fairy Trafficking Series
1. Magic Harvest
2. Magic Heist
3. Magic Reign - Coming January 2020!
About the Author
Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna' home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn't find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.
You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as "100% solid storytelling," and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a "lovely story about growing up."
She digs deep into her Scottish roots - there is magic there, she just knows it - for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.
She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.
Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention.
Please visit Mary at http://www.marykarlik.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was excited to read Magic Heist. I wanted to read a book that had fairies, elves, trolls, Red Caps, and dragons. Heck, I needed to read a book like that. Lately, I have been reading books that were heavy on the drama, and I needed a break from that. I got that with Magic Heist. Now, onto the complaint. If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know how much I dislike starting a series mid-series. 9 out of 10 times, the books are not standalone. I am left wondering what the heck happened in the first book, which was the case in Magic Heist. It took me until the middle of the book to figure out what happened in the first book. And even then, there were some areas that I was still fuzzy on. But that is on me. I shouldn’t have accepted the review without vetting the book first. In plain words, this is NOT a STANDALONE book. You need to read book 1 to understand what is going on in book 2. Other than that, I enjoyed Magic Heist. It had well-written characters and fast-paced plotlines. I enjoyed Layla’s character. Even though the fairies from her village mistreated her, she was still willing to go and rescue them. She was ready to find a portal and transport them home, regardless of what was going on. She even risked her life and went to find the fairies who were being sold on the black market. For a 19-year-old, she was one of the more mature characters in the book. I can’t wait to see what other powers she has!! I liked Ian. He showed terrific strength in fighting the dragon spirit. I wish that I had read the scene where he got infected with the dragon’s poison/spirit. I thought he was terrific when it came to dealing with Finn and the elves. I also thought he was fantastic when he dealt with the troll. I can’t wait to see what he is going to do in the next book!! Let’s talk about Layla and Ian’s semi-romance. I say semi-romance because while they acknowledged that they had feelings for each other, but they couldn’t do anything about it. They had to concentrate on getting the fairies back to where they came from and rescuing the rest of the fairies who had been kidnapped. I loved the secondary characters. Finn, Amelia, Andy, Buzzard, and the others added a much-needed depth to the book. I do think that there is more to Buzzard than what is being shown. I liked that the author had that one fairy be a jerk to Layla. I liked it because it showed what she was up against growing up. I will say that I didn’t feel bad for that fairy, and I do think that he got what he deserved. The end of Magic Heist left me with more questions. It also left me a little angry. I couldn’t believe what happened to Layla!! I wanted to cry for her. I also was surprised at who the golden fairy was and how he was tied to Ian. Of course, something else happened that made me grin from ear to ear. And what was revealed about the staff? I was surprised by that too!! I can’t wait to read book 3. **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
I'm loving this series! Fey, Dragon's, all sorts of magic....it is a enticing web of danger. The storyline is pure fantasy with hints of Scotland lore and all types of mystical creatures. The world building is so incredible and so much fun. I absolutely adore Layla and Ian's characters and how much more the previous book's characters are so much more involved in this book. I'm really looking forward to reading the next installment!
I received this ARC for an honest review. This is the second book in the series. IT IS NOT A STAND ALONE. The first book is Magic Harvest (Fairy Trafficking Book 1). In this book, Ian, Layla, and friends are trying to get the rescued fairies home. Of course, fate has other plans. Who can Layla trust? Will Ian and Layla get a chance to be together? I hate to say too much because so much happens in this book, and I hate to post spoilers. I like how the author, Mary Karlik, does a good job of blending our world with Layla’s magic world. I did enjoy this story. Even though this is labeled YA, I think adults will enjoy this story. I’m glad that I gave this series a try.