My Rating: 4/5
Author: Carol R Ward
Title: Magical Misfire
Be careful what you wish for . . .
All Jessica O’Connell asked for was a little adventure, something to spice up her dreary life. Instead, her best friend Howard accidentally teleports her into a magical realm with their only link being a moonstone pendant that belonged to her mother. She’s rescued from a cliff by a bona fide prince, attacked by a giant bird, makes friends with a squire and a real live bard, and vanquishes an army of illusions.
Then things started to get interesting . . .
Magical Misfire is about a woman named Jessica who is magically transported to a fantasy world that is similar to our medieval period – except with real magic. Little does Jessica know that this foreign world is really a place where she belongs because she was born there. After her mother was murdered, her wizardly father, fearing for his daughter’s life, sends her to a place where very magic exists. Now after bringing her back to her rightful world (although a little farther north than anticipated), he must find a way to get her back home and away from a prince who has set his eyes upon her.
The story is written in third person mainly from Jessica’s point of view. Jessica, whose mother died while she was an infant, was sent to our world to live with a woman who had recently lost her own child. Unknowing that she is adopted let alone from another world, Jessica grows up normally. Her friend Howard who dabbles in discovering real magic in our world, believes he found a way of transporting things. He then asks Jessica for her help. Little does he know that his magic combined with her father’s (and grandfather’s) magic cause Jessica to return to her own world but a little farther away from her rightful target. Now he must help her find her way home. Howard is a good friend, but not always accepted because of his interest in magic and sexual orientation. This does not stop Jessica from being friends with him since childhood.
In the new world, Jessica meets some new friends. One in particular is Sebastian, a minstrel/bard depending on where he is at. He becomes a close confidant who is also gay. His world, however, is not accepting of that, so their friendship is really important. Jessica is fairly spunky girl who does not mind standing up for those who can’t or won’t do so themselves. When a little peasant boy is hurt, she helps heal him despite his station. So when she learns why Prince Ewan has a camp and not a castle. She feels obliged to help him. However, there is something more to Prince Ewan than meets the eye. And, Jessica needs to discover what it is before it’s too late.
The plot moves along well. The ending, especially picked up in the action. The story does leave off in sort of a cliffhanger, but not a terrible one where it feels like the story itself was cut off. However, I would have liked to have seen Prince Ewan’s reaction to what happened. This is only slightly implied.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you like fantasy similar to the medieval period with magic, then you might want to try this book.