Thank you to Tor and Desirae Friesen for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Fortress of Magi (Chronicles of Amicae 3) by Mirah Bolender
Release Date: April 20th 2021
Tags: Adult | Fantasy | Found Family | Magical Bomb Squad
Other books in this series I reviewed
City of Broken Magic | The Monstrous Citadel
The Hive Mind has done the impossible—left its island prison. It’s a matter of time before Amicae falls, and Laura Kramer has very few resources left to prevent it.
The council has tied her hands, and the gangs want her dead. Her only real choice is to walk away and leave the city to its fate.
Fortress of Magi is the final to a fantasy trilogy of a magical bomb squad that diffuse bad magic. It has been such an interesting concept throughout the series but this last installment left me feeling a bit dissapointed.
This book was shorter than the other two, which is not always a bad thing. But I feel that it was in this case. When it comes to the plot of the hive mind I felt that the ending in which it was wrapped up was too easy and too much at the very end. Most of the book we spend on the gang that is after Laura and it completely takes away from what really matters which is the hive mind. Which then only takes such a little space in the plot in a way that I felt wasn’t really fitting for the hive mind. It could have just taken over the whole city. Why didn’t it do that? I still don’t really understand. It just didn’t give the climatic ending to the story that I wanted to see for our sweepers.
Adding onto that some storylines aren’t really wrapped up. I still am not sure I understand what one of the rangers really is. And what about Okane’s family? The whole of Rex? What happened there? What about Clae and all they discovered about his responsiveness to Laura?
I feel like there is so much room for more continuation in this world and I would happily read those books. But at this point I have no idea if this is it for this world and these characters. If this is it, this final is quite lacking.
Having said that though. I think this series still has much uniqueness to hold and a cast of characters that will warm your heart. And at the end of the day, Fortress of Magi was still an enjoyable read. Just not as satisfying as I wanted it to be.