Erryn reviews The Scars That Bind Us (The Magi Accounts Book 1) by Michele Notaro. The ebook was released February 22, 2022 and is 405 pages. The audiobook was narrated by CJ Storm. It was released Juen 14, 2022 is 12hrs and 20min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m on a paranormal kick.
Sometimes the worst scars are the ones you can’t see.
World War III broke out 130 years ago when humans found out that magi and shifters were real. Humans have been imprisoning and enslaving the two species since. But now humans need their help protecting the world from the strange monsters they let cross the veil between realms. All three species have been at odds for more than a century, but can Madeo—a mage—and Cosmo—a lion shifter—put aside their differences to work together, and maybe even find comfort in each other’s arms?
There is a lot going on in this book – this twelve-plus hour audio. The story is told entirely from Madeo’s point of view. He’s a mage and that comes with consequences like forced employment not of one’s choosing and a tracking implant as well as a visible identification mark. Basically, he’s being treated as a second-class citizen by the humans who view him as less than. Shifters, who are also ranked below humans, are just above mages. In other words, humans rule and abuse those they consider lower. Huh – seems the future is no better than today.
Madeo is attached to another mage – Jude. When they rescue a much younger mage, Logan, they make a bargain with the devil (better known as the authorities) – they’ll take on more dangerous missions if Logan can work in a job where he’ll be kept safe. Soon, Jude and Madeo find themselves attached to a pride led by lion shifter Cosmo. Now, Madeo is jaded. Sarcastic and even rude. Cosmo is undaunted – he wants a functioning team and that means he and his pride mates are going to respect their magi.
When things go sideways, it’s up to the team to save themselves. A violent scene ensues, and it wasn’t entirely clear everyone was going to survive. In the end, the mage and the lion shifter help heal each other, and I might’ve done an inner dance of joy.
This is only book one and as there are two more mages, I’m hoping that’s the direction the series is taking. Also, hats off to CJ Storm – he did a great job narrating the piece. Can’t wait for the next one.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
I’m married to an awesome husband that puts up with me and all the characters in my head—and there are many. We have two young boys who also put up with me and my craziness. We live in Maryland with our two dogs and a fish. And yes, I had to include the fish, otherwise my three boys—hubby included—might just disown me. They love that damn goldfish we won at a carnival. *sigh*
Born and raised in Baltimore, I grew up dancing and swimming. I taught dance—ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop & modern—for ten years before I had my kids. Now I’m a stay-at-home mom who reads, writes and does PTA everything—as long as I have my coffee. Two other tattooed moms and I run the whole damn PTA, and if I may say so myself, we rock it… even if I want to rip my hair out more than half the time.