Saturday, December 18, 2010
Book Review: Magicus Catonium
Magicus Catonium (Praesidis, book 1) by Udita Plaha.
In the introductory book of the Praesidis series, two fourteen year old girls start a journey to correct the damage done to Magicus Catonium. In the process, they develop abilities unknown to most and finally discover their true identities. Even under the protection of two young but capable wizards, their journey is marked with many battles, not all ending in victory. To really defeat their villain, the girls must learn to distinguish between enemies and friends while under the pressure of a world spiraling out of control. Follow the girls as they rise to their full potential and assume their roles as the next Praesidis of Magicus Catonium.
Ria and Anna are swept away to the magical land of Magicus Catonium... Magicus Catonium is a fun YA/middle-grade story filled with magic and adventure. Though the copy I received was in need of additional editing, I found the story highly enjoyable. Ria and Anna are such good friends, and have lived together for so long, that most people mistake them for sisters. They soon learn that they have more than just their friendship in common. Ria and Anna share a past steeped in mystery. As their origin as children of Magicus Catonium becomes known they are faced with a difficult decision. Do they return home to the normal human world where they have spent much of their youth, and where their mother's still reside, or do they follow their destiny to defeat the evil Solan? A fun adventure story that young readers will enjoy.
I recommend Magicus Catonium (Praesidis, book 1) to readers of young adult, middle grade, urban fantasy and especially to fans of coming of age tales and fantasy adventure.
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Bestselling author E.J. STEVENS has written and independently published 15 speculative fiction books. She is the author of four series, including the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian horror series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, the award-winning SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, and the award-winning, bestselling IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series.