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Making of a Magister by Frank David is the third book in the Realm of Hulsteria series. Following the events of Making of a Warrior, Stela is dealing with the repercussions of killing Edmund. As her wedding approaches, she discovers another realm and a prophecy that seems to have her son in the center of a future war. Braynard has prepared her for an upcoming battle with Diana's followers, but nothing could prepare her for the new abilities she discovers or the truth about Braynard's origins. Meanwhile, Stela sends Felicia and Sofia to protect her young son Joseph on a trip to Xasha. When they're attacked on the journey, Joseph's shocking new abilities are revealed.
Frank David continues Stela's story of strength, power, and bravery as Making of a Magister explores the end of her journey as Braynard pushes her on the path he has foreseen. After the fall out from killing Edmund, the people have come to view Stela with fear which is reflected in how Stela begins to see herself - as a monster - until she discovers who she is as a ruler, a mother, and a hero. Stela has to determine for herself what she believes and has to find herself in order to become the hero that everyone needs her to be. The prophecy is more of a focus as more of it is revealed, setting things in motion for years to come. David explores human nature and fate through a variety of characters from every side and gives them layered motives and personalities, while keeping it so that even the most misguided remain fairly sympathetic. Everyone is a pawn between Diana and Braynard, who have a long standing feud. Diana and Braynard seem to have all the answers, and encourage their followers onto the paths to take the other out, with each of them putting the other in a villainous light. Making of a Magister focuses more on Stela's son, Joseph, who plays a key role in a prophecy that could unite the realms either through peace or war.
Making of a Magister isn't without romance as Stela and Harris grow closer, leading to a memorable wedding and a bond that blossoms into something sincere. Sofia and Felicia have come to plan a happy future together. Sofia has grown and become an in-depth character, which has mostly to do with Felicia, and becomes a hero in her own right. The two accept and love each other for who they are in a sweet and genuine relationship. There's some fun with politics and ranking as Harris's parents are given a title and are now up in status with his biological father. His family provides some humor to the story as they try to navigate their new roles. The ending wraps up Stela's journey as her fate finally comes to pass, while also opening up a whole new journey for her life and a new beginning for her son and the other characters of Hulsteria. With romance, sacrifice, family, betrayal, Making of a Magister shines a light on politics and power in a hero's journey to become a warrior and a queen as the battle between two warring realms comes to pass and surprising heroes rise.