Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Dark Curse (Spellcaster Academy Episode #2), by Jenetta Penner (author), Aimee McKenzie (narrator)

Jenetta Penner, October 2019

In episode one, Josy Barrows discovered her parents weren't who she thought they were, got an invitation from a previously unknown aunt, and found herself shoved through a portal to The Magic Side--where she learned she had magic powers, was enrolled in the Borealis Academy, found she was a misfit there, too. Then the Academy is attacked, and her powers--temporarily--are fully under her control long enough to play a crucial role in defending the Academy from the attack.

So now, in episode two, everything is great, right?

No, of course not.

She's discovered that her mother was not just a witch and her father a wizard, which would be totally cool here, but her mother was a Morelli, the source of Josy's white hair and her magic that is just a little different from the other witches and wizards. And the Morelli are believed to be completely evil. Josy wouldn't be at the Academy at all, if her father had been Morelli, too.

And when one of her professors, whom she was discussing poisonous herbs with earlier in the day, suddenly dies, Josy becomes the obvious suspect. The one professor she really trusts is keeping secrets from her. She and her few friends, including her talking cat, Nine, are on their own to find out what really happened.

It's engaging and enjoyable, but it does assume you've listened to, or read, the previous episode. Still, I liked it a lot, and do recommend it.

I received a free copy of this audiobook, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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