Title: The Mage on the Hill
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Page Count: 170 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.
It was such an interesting book. It couldn’t expect any less from the author, so far everything I’ve read has been really good. It was very entertaining and I have a great time understanding everything that was going on. It was a little confusing at times, but I got to a point when I got the idea of the magic within them.
I loved the plot. It was so different and unexpected, very intriguing. It had a nice steady pace and it was well written. I loved the humorous tone set at times, without it being an actual comedy. It was a nice touch to set a lighter mood, considering some heavy emotions going on.
I liked both main characters. They complement each other very well. I particularly liked Toby, whose vibrant attitude and desire to fight everything to get a chance to live was enchanting. Darius was also a nice character, but in his case I felt like the sorrow wasn’t that well portray. I had a bit of a hard time getting in touch with his emotions, mostly the ones in a darker state of mind, when it comes to love it was easy to feel how much he care about Toby. Their relationship was slow burn, it felt right, even if they gave each other a chance a bit too far in the book, but the building of their relationship was beautiful.
Overall I had a wonderful time reading the book. Fantasy isn’t one of my favorite genres but I still was able to love this book. Definitely recommend it.