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Friday, February 12, 2021

Wonderstruck (2021) Allie Therin (Magic in Manhattan)

WonderstruckSet in New York and other locales in 1925

Arthur and Rory are searching for a way to destroy the magical artifact that could be used to enslave non-magical minds, not just because it is evil, but because an evil man is searching to control it himself. But although Arthur has no magic himself, Rory is the one in danger, as that same man wants Rory’s powers for himself.

Both Arthur and Rory still have issues with trust, although for different reasons.

Arthur’s hands were very tight around the steering wheel as he drove them farther north. “But you still have a maintenance key to my flat.”

“Well, yeah. I’d never lose that.” Rory heard Arthur take another breath through his nose. “So where are we going?”

“Harlem,” said Arthur, eyes fixed forward, his expression now shuttered in a way that made Rory feel like somehow he’d hurt Arthur deeply.

Most of the issue between Arthur and Rory is that they come from different worlds: Arthur comes from a wealthy family and has been given every advantage. Rory is the bastard child of an Italian immigrant who was put in an institution as a teenager and almost lobotomized because of his magical gifts.

Another problem is that Arthur is used to having things his way, and don’t initially realize the kind of power that gives him over Rory.

It’s not all dark, however.

“Do you know how to play?” When Rory shook his head, Lord Fine said, “Then I’ll show you.” He leaned forward. “With the caveat that it is impossible to teach anyone to play billiards without getting rather handsy.”

“Oh, you don’t gotta worry about that,” Rory said. “Ace reminded me today that he doesn’t ever get jealous.”

Arthur opened his mouth, then closed it.

It was a fun story and I enjoyed it, although the modern language did get to be occasionally.

Publisher : Carina Press
Rating: 8/10

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