Daughters of Dusk

Magical Morgan Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
217 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2021
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Daughters of Dusk by Emma Shelford is the first book in the Magical Morgan series. Death was just the beginning for Morgan following her death in an explosion. Her life should have ended; instead, she finds herself in the body of another woman. Now she's getting a second chance at youth with a new body and a new start in life. Too bad she has to share it with an elemental spirit who had eyes on the same body. Now, she has the ability to harness air and that's if she can keep him from overtaking her body altogether. Battling it out with an elemental over a body doesn't stop her from lending a hand to a mysterious sisterhood that needs her help from attackers trying to steal an ancient artifact. Morgan is no stranger to helping others and she will do whatever it takes to help them.

The plot is delightful and has a unique premise at the root of the story which makes it fun and delivers a humorous urban fantasy adventure. The story creates an adventure unlike other works in this genre with a quirky twist on sorcery. The story even drops references to Merlin which makes Daughters of Dusk a refreshing tale for its different plot. Morgan was a woman in her fifties whose life was suddenly at its end until she found herself in the body of a dying woman and suddenly she has a new view on life and a second chance – at someone else's life. She's a complex character who Emma Shelford has set up from the start to be a complicated protagonist through her struggle to adjust to a new body, learning someone else's identity, and trying to determine how to make this life her own.

The plot focuses on Morgan protecting women from attackers when a sisterhood seeks her help fighting off attackers and keeping an ancient artifact safe. Shelford delivers a story that creates a brilliant example of female empowerment and strength while maintaining plenty of attitude. Magic and a city setting are woven together in this urban fantasy led by a strong-willed woman. It is delivered with a humorous undertone that brings the grittiness of the city to life through the magical elements. Daughters of Dusk is funny, charming, and action-packed with a story that highlights female empowerment, a humorous body-sharing plot, and does so with a clever voice.