Title: Ruthless Magic
Author: Megan Crewe
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 352
Publisher: Another World Press
Notable Notables: Diverse characters
Recommended Readers: Fans of Urban Fantasy and The Hunger Games
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe sets off with a spellbinding start that slowly peters out well before the end. The North American Confederation of Mages selects only the most promising sixteen-year-old students to enter their academy–or so they say. Rocío Lopez, a mage from a low-standing, new-magic family has done everything right to be selected, only for the Confederation to reject her. Now, Rocío’s only choice is to have her magic burned out of her or take the secretive and deadly Mages’ Exam, the same exam where her brother lost his life.
Finn Lockwood is in a similar predicament. Having been chosen unfairly by the Confederation because of his prominent, old-magic family despite his meager abilities, Finn declares for the Exam to prove his worth and support his friend, Prisha, a skilled new-magic mage who, like Rocío, is forced to declare for the Exam or lose her magic.