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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Stealing Magic: The Legacy of Androva, Book 1 is a contemporary coming of age fantasy novel for preteens and young adults written by Alex C. Vick. Shannon loved to sit out in her garden, almost as much as she loved reading fantasy novels in her room at night. One sunny spring afternoon, she was enjoying the warmth of the sun's rays when she heard a boy's voice. He seemed to be mentioning her when he said that she couldn't hear them. Then he spoke of spells and spell stations and portals, and she couldn't help but wonder if she were going crazy or if someone was playing a rather mean practical joke on her. She poked at a finger with a nail and the resulting ouch helped her dismiss the idea of it all being a dream either. When the two boys began discussing the consequences that could happen if she opened her eyes and saw them, she just couldn't resist. She had to take a look. And yes, there were two boys in her garden, one holding a ball of light in his hands. He had black hair and bright green eyes, and those eyes met hers as he grinned at her and then disappeared.
Alex C. Vick's contemporary coming of age fantasy for preteens and young adults, Stealing Magic: The Legacy of Androva, Book 1, is a magical tale of two worlds, Terra and Androva, whose long-honored treaty is broken by Jax, a young and promising thirteen-year-old magician. Vick's plot, which begins with that long-ago treaty, is a brilliant one, and the reader will have much to consider in deciding which planet got the better outcome from that deal. Shannon, Jax and Darius are marvelous main characters who soon become fast friends. And, oh, yes, there's magic in this book. Loads of it. Spells of all types and sizes and dueling between misguided adults and precocious teens as they all attempt to defeat an ancient evil. Other Harry Potter fans will, no doubt, enjoy this rousing tale of bravery, adventure and defense against a dark lord as much as I did. Stealing Magic: The Legacy of Androva, Book 1 is most highly recommended.