Author: Kit Brisby
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: While trapped in a stalled subway train on his morning commute, PR rep Byron Cole flirts with Levi, a young waiter with adorable curls. But Byron’s hopes for romance crash and burn when Levi saves him from a brutal explosion—with outlawed magic.
Review: Rogue Magic is an Urban Fantasy story about how powerful people manage to corrupt. Magic is prevalent in this world. Children are born with the ability to wield it. They’re also persecuted for that gift. People in high places have instilled fear of magic in the masses. They use that fear to suppress magic users. Any magic user who wants to remain “free” must register with the government and wear a set of bracelets that keeps them from doing magic. Byron is the PR rep for the corporation who has risen to power in the anti magic movement. It’s their purpose to combat, control and imprison magic users. His uncle is the head of the corporation and one of the most powerful men in the country. Through experimentation on humans caught using magic they’ve imprisoned, the company has found a way to harness the magic to power cities. Sounds good but it’s much much more sinister than it sounds. Byron is told almost nothing about it but it’s his job to sell it the people. A supposed attack from the resistance would have killed Byron if a man named Levi hadn’t exposed himself to save him. Levi is immediately arrested and imprisoned. Seeing first hand the injustice of everything he’s ever been taught forces Byron to finally open his eyes. Levi is a hero and yet he’s treated like a monster. Byron’s conscious forces him to finally do something. He’s terrified of his uncle. He’s seen first hand what happens to those who defy him. All he knows is he has to save Levi from the awful fate his uncle has planned for him.
I like how this book had some layers. It starts out as a life changing revelation for Byron. Then a mission to save Levi. Then ultimately turns into exposing the evil and corruption he’s been peddling for years. The world has been brainwashed into fearing magic users. They are a persecuted group at the mercy of the powerful. The end goal seems like an impossible task at the start of the book but as you progress there’s really no other option. You feel the fear and tension right along with the characters. The need to stop the oppression and torture. What they’re doing is dangerous but it’s the right thing to do. I like how I was sucked into it all. You feel the fear and the need to do something because someone has to.
There is a love story but it’s slow. I think this was needed. The atmosphere wasn’t exactly one for romance. It happens organically as the guys spend time together. Byron does develop feelings for Levi fairly early but he doesn’t act on them as it seems inappropriate given Levi is a captive. There time is limited however so that speeds things up a bit. I loved all the different magical elements of this story. The political intrigue was fantastic! There are a ton of interesting characters. A nice love story. The world building was excellent. If there are more books to come I’ll absolutely be reading them. It’s an all around good read. I’d absolutely recommend it.