Ruthless Magic

Ruthless Magic

by Megan Crewe


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ISBN-13: 9781989114001
Publisher: Crewe Morris Creative Inc
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Series: Conspiracy of Magic , #1
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 629,777
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Ruthless Magic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Lyn09_NomadicWorlds 1 days ago
Ruthless Magic was a really nice surprise for me – a pretty little gem I found on Netgalley. I started the book with no expectations and ended up liking it a lot. The story has a dystopian feel to it but I lean more towards it being YA Fantasy. Magic is now a fact of the world since mages have come out. They now live among humans with their own separate culture, following the laws set by the Confederation. The authority and strict ruling of the Confederation is what gives the story that dystopian feel. Finn and Rocío have both chosen to undertake the brutal Mage exam and by “brutal”, I mean the exam is violent, cruel, absolutely ruthless. This part has a distinct Hunger Games feel to it that wasn’t bad. I liked the main characters, Finn and Rocío, a lot and the story was written in such a way that I was able to connect with both of them—to sympathize with their plights, understand their motives and reasoning behind their choices. Rocío was my favorite. You just couldn’t help but like the girl and feel for her. She tried to do the right thing under pressure, to be stronger and break out of the mold the Confederation pushed her in. Finn was an intriguing character too, showing a pleasant face to the world when he had his own worries and issues to deal with. They were both complex, complicated characters who added a lot of value to the story. The other characters played their role well and the story idea was a very good one which kept me in suspense for what would happen next. However, I did have a question about the human faction. There were hints and some backstory given about the humans’ reactions over the mages coming out ‘party’ though this was a tiny part of the story. The main part of the story focused on the Mages’ exam. But I hope to see some interactions with the human faction in the next books. The romance was slow and meaningful, fitting in perfectly with the story. The best part for me, was the author’s writing. This is my first book by Megan Crewe and her writing brought the story to life. I could visualize the magical spells and enchantments. The flow of words was beautiful and a pleasure to read. I can’t wait to read the prequel, Magic Unmasked, and the next book in this series.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
This is a heart pounding, edge of your seat, frantic page turning and downright thrilling adventure filled with danger, secrets, betrayal and unimaginable magic..... Rocío Lopez and Finn Lockwood are thrown together in an all out fight to save their magic and their lives... but is there really ever any winning this challenge. The testing is brutal, the competition fierce and it all makes for an exciting and highly entertaining reading experience.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
At sixteen when your magic is evaluated you are either given an invitation into an elite school for training or scheduled for a procedure that will take away your magic. One other option is for you to declare yourself for the Exam a mysterious last chance to be declared Champion winning yourself eligibility into that elite school. Finn comes from a high ranking magical family and is a shoe-in to the Academy, yet he lacks the magical talent to win entrance on his own. Rocio comes from a lower class family whose parents had their magic nulled. Her magical gifts are extraordinary yet she is denied entrance into the Academy when a spot should have been hers. When they each declare for the Exam they meet for the first time finding a friendship that will surpass all class levels. Ruthless Magic is part Lord of the Flies or Hunger Games with magical realism elements a la Harry Potter. When these teens show up at the Exam they realize that it’s more survival of the fittest that tests their talents. Finn who declared for the exam to give the finger to the Confederation of Mages for being biased against lower level families, pretty quickly realizes that he may have made a big mistake. His talent lies in evaluating circumstances, sweet talking, and charm more than actual magical skill. His character is so easy to like, always finding humor in a difficult situation. He is put into the same group as Rocio and is immediately taken with her talent and personality right from the start. Rocio is a little less willing to trust but Finn is the person she starts to lean on as their situation becomes more dire. There are very few rules in these exams and some of the kids are more willing to eliminate each other than trust their magic will win them a place in the school at the end of the four days. Ruthless Magic’s theme about bigotry and social classes is told very effectively even though they are classed by their level of magic ability. Even though set in the human world, mages came out to the Nulls or humans (think muggles from HP) in order to help them through extreme times of terrorism or war. The novel has a great message about the balance of good vs evil and tells it in a magical way that was original and interesting. The cliques in this group of “contestants” for lack of a better word were pretty typical of a high school age group. You have the athletic bully, the pretty boy charmer, the quiet shy girl, and the do-gooder, but the way in which Megan Crewe uses these stereotypes to shine a light on difficult subjects was poignant and engaging. I really liked this book, the characters, and it’s message! It was my first novel by Megan Crewe but it won’t be my last!
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe in exchange for an honest review. This story is told from two different viewpoints. Finn Lockwood is a less-than mediocre mage from a privileged background while Rocio Lopez is an extraordinary mage from a poor background. In this world, those who are deemed worthy proceed to a magical college; those who are not worthy have all but a little of their magic removed. There is a third option; people can also undergo a test to retain their magic; however, if they fail, their magic is completely removed. When Finn makes it into the college and Rocio does not, it becomes clear the decision-making process has been corrupted; this is no meritocracy. Both ultimately choose to undergo the test; Finn as a matter of principle; Rocio as a matter of survival. This was a thrilling and sometimes horrifying tale told from the viewpoint of relative innocents. As the innocents undergo the test, they are faced with a decision to corrupt under the guidance of the test proctors or to fight back. #RuthlessMagic #NetGalley
Naty More than 1 year ago
A magic story packed of action. Only the Chosen can go to College, the rest of the mages, old and new ones, must be Dampered, they take almost all their magic away, or they can make the Exam. A five days exam that only the best mages will pass and become Champions, or so they say. But Finn and Rocio, with the rest of the aspirants, will discover the real truth behind the Exam. Will they be able to become champions or will they die? Looking forward to read the next book of the series.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Although the book description is highly intriguing, overall, Ruthless Magic was just an okay read for me. Not that there's anything wrong with this book - it's well-written, has interesting world-building, and likable characters, but nothing really stood out. Note that I'm in the minority on this opinion - the majority of reviews for this novel have been stellar. Maybe I was expecting more since it uses heavyweight comp titles like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and mentions Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, both authors with outstanding fantasy series under their belts. I like the idea of the magical community feeling an obligation to reveal themselves to the 'dulls' (non-magic folk) and assist with government safety, but something that surprised me is that even though this magic has been around for quite some time, even those in charge don't seem to understand it. The rules regarding the magic are somewhat unclear. Again, this isn't a bad book by any means - I'd just hoped for a bit more originality. If The Hunger Games doused with magic whets your appetite, this is probably a book you'd enjoy. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
readers_retreat More than 1 year ago
Okay, I admit it, it was that beautiful cover that drew me in! It just shows the importance of a great cover. Of course, I was captivated by the synopsis too, it sounded exactly the sort of read I enjoy - full of magic. I don't often agree with the comparisons made to previously published titles as they don't always ring true. Here however, they are spot on - this book does bear some resemblance to The Hunger Games. There is also a similarity to Ender's Game and Magicians. I feel like I have been awarding 5 stars more of late, there are quite a few books around that deserve a high rating. This is undoubtedly one of them. It's a gem, and the first in the Conspiracy of Magic series by USA Today Bestselling Author Megan Crewe. It's definitely a slow burner for the first half but changes to a much faster pace from just over the 50% mark and continues bustling along until the finale. This YA urban fantasy has some unique worldbuilding and unlike many others in the genre, it is done extremely well. Crewe also appears to know how to develop characters so they are vivid and intense. There is a little romance too, which I enjoy where it is organic and where it fits with the story, as here. There is nothing worse than forced romantic situations in a book, in my opinion. I am so excited this is a series and cannot wait for the next one, i'm hoping there won't be a long wait. It deals with some sensitive issues such as race, class, sexuality, terrorism, and government corruption to name but a few. I highly recommend this to YA lovers, it is well worth your time! It completely blew me away. I would like to thank Megan Crewe, Another World Press, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC in exchange for an honest and impartial review.
Topsues More than 1 year ago
Wow ! What a book ! I’ve been exhausted, thrilled, terrified and grief stricken. There are a lot of comparisons being talked about, saying it’s similar mix of say:- Harry Potter & Hunger games etc. However, I think this is just purely Megan Crewe. The way she can tell a story is extraordinarily, the realism in her world building and emotions is awe-inspiring. This storyline was told through two of the main characters, each having chapters told from their POV. There characters came from completely different parts of the spectrum in the world of mages, they shouldn’t have worked. However you learn how it doesn’t matter where you are from, and the influences your have, once you entered the Exam ! You are all the same. On your own and fighting for your life. Your life can be better with friends or your friends can be your worst enemy. The exam is wrong, brutal, barbaric and should be illegal. Not a place where an innocent love should start to develop. However this author takes ahold of uncertainty and turns it into conviction. She has a way of completely captivating your thoughts from the very beginning. She challenges your rational thoughts and wins the game each time. Ruthless Magic is just that completely and utterly Ruthless. And I can’t wait for book.2.