The Magic Wakes by Charity Bradford

Phyl Campbell By Phyl Campbell, 20th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In dreams, she dies. In dreams, she burns and scars. In the morning, the scars remain until she stands in the sunsrise. With the suns, The Magic Wakes.


Charity Bradford's debut novel, The Magic Wakes, really draws one in to the fantasy world she has created. The main character, Talia, has very real nightmares that leave visible scars on her flesh. However, each morning, she is healed by energy from the sunsrise (that's not a typo -- in Talia's world, there are two suns). When Talia first had the dreams, she did not know the woman who featured in them. As she grew, she realized that the figure in the dreams was her. This was awkward, even worse in some ways than the scars and burns she got nightly, because in most of the dreams, the woman died.

Talia's nightmares are a sign of impending doom, and there is trouble afoot. Her family is targeted and killed. She is taken from the one place she considers safe and is moved to the place where all the dreams occur. Now she can only hope that her scientific gifts can save the world.


The old king is dying and has a secret to tell his son and nephew. There really are wizards and dragons and people with magical abilities. The nephew already knows this -- the royal family has been hiding his gifts for years. With his mind, he can influence the feelings of others, he can calm people, and often, he can know what they are thinking, and if they are lying. However, his gift cannot penetrate Talia's defenses, leading him to believe that the siren who delivered a love punch to his gut may also be out to destroy his world.


There are a lot of important characters in this novel, and most of them have secrets. The build-up of intrigue helps the reader turn page after page faster and faster to reach the conclusion.

My son would have given it five stars because there's a dragon, but then he'd take one away because there's not enough swordplay and there might be some kissing (he's 10). I give it four stars because there are a LOT of characters and it was hard to keep up with them in the beginning. However, the magic and the realism of the science fantasy was really good. I'm looking forward to future books by Bradford.

DISCLAIMER -- I got The Magic Wakes as an Amazon special. The author and I have some of the same writing circle friends, so we are FB friends, which is how I learned of the Amazon special. In any event, I have done my best to give a fair and honest review of her work here.


Charity Bradford, Esp, Sci Fi, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Story, Science-Fiction, Scifi, Talia, The Magic Wakes

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Oct 2013 (#)

love magic, love intrigue, love you....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Oct 2013 (#)

Good review Phyl, thanks - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Oct 2013 (#)

Charity just came on board as a new Wikinut! Please welcome her as warmly as you have me!

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author avatar CharityBradford
21st Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Phyl! For the review and the information about Wikinut.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
23rd Oct 2013 (#)

Phyl, this book sounds interesting. I'll add it to my must read list. I have already welcomed Charity but will continue to support her and everyone else here on Wikinut.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Oct 2013 (#)


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