Some stars aren't meant to be followed.
For seventeen years, Ezra Newport and his parents were habitual immigrants, traveling from their Ottoman Empire home across 20th century Europe. As the Newports migrate to Belfast, Ireland, Ezra wants nothing more to settle into a consistent life and lay the foundation of his architectural dreams. But after a strange, mechanical bounty hunter murders his mother and prompts the disappearance of his father, Ezra discovers that his parents had actually been on the run. Now, their enemies are targeting him, and they won't stop until he is dead.
In a moment of desperation, Ezra's fate collides with the Third Order of the Magi, a secret society dedicated to using their supernatural powers to protect their communities. With increasing violence around the world, the Magi are fairly certain they know who's behind the attacks on Ezra and his family since the same group could also be threatening their own existence.
Both Ezra and the Magi's survival hinges on knowledge only Ezra's father has and the key to saving them could be buried within history itself. In a race across continents and time, both Ezra and the Magi must secure an ancient Babylonian artifact before hell is unleashed on the world. And, against all odds, Ezra must decide where his allegiances truly lie, despite what is written in the stars.
About the Author:
Since the early age of 6, Kale Lawrence knew she either wanted to be an astronaut or an author. Obviously, the astronaut gig didn't work out, so instead, Kale turned to fantastic fictional worlds. When Kale is not writing creatively, she works as a Marketing Manager at a pet product company, and pretends she's an Olympic swimmer at the gym. She has also served as a board member for the South Dakota Writes organization.
In addition to books, Kale has lent her writing prowess to television, and her writing has been featured on nationwide PBS television programming, NBC newscasts, ABC newscasts, and the Travel Channel.
Kale currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her feisty tortoiseshell calico cat, Emma Bug and sassy Siamese, Seattle Bean. Learn more at https://kalelawrence.com/.
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Average rating from 19 members
Thanks, NetGalley and publisher for the opportunity to read and review! What actually distinguished this novel for me from the others I've read this season is how well described the world setting is. With each word, it blooms into your head and it's not difficult to imagine it and actually live it into your own mind. I always love to imagine every scene while I read, so this time it was a bit more vivid compared with other books, which was really fun. The characters introduced are different - both by cultural background and inner world, which adds to the uniqueness of the novel. It's not often to happen to read a novel with a Turkish teenage boy as the main character. This is the first thing that grabs your attention and from there on the novel doesn't disappoint! It's another amazing read for me. The story behind the conflict between the Third Order and the Legerdemain Brotherhood is awesome to discover page after page, so can't wait to see what the sequel will offer and if Ezra and Jonas will finally catch a break. ^^
I really enjoyed this book! The way it was written, the world-building, the magic system, the characters, all of it! Not to mention the amazing cover, stunning! Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. I do not normally enjoy books from more than one POV but I think the 2 POV's in this book (Ezra and Jonas) added something extra to the book that I genuinely enjoyed. Overall I gave this book 4.5/5 stars because I do not appreciate cliffhangers at the end of books! I cannot wait for the next book to come out!
I really love the cover of this book, it’s spectacular. This was an easy, enjoyable read which I got through rather quickly. The world-building was interesting, and the magic system and characters were well fleshed out. I appreciated the dual POV of Ezra and Jonas. This book ended on a cliff-hanger, which has me eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
The Magi Menagerie has a lot of elements that drew me in: an interesting time period (mostly in the early 1900s Europe but it also jumps to other interesting times and places), magic, secret societies, a link to astrology... but the best part was the adventure and the found family and the relationships between the characters. There is queer representation, social commentary, xenophobia, women's suffrage- many themes close to my heart! The book has a few mysteries to solve, fast pacing and a few plot twists that kept me guessing- and I loved visiting Istanbul (then Constantinople) through its pages!