Grace lost her family when she was just a child. Abandoned, and from a past she can’t remember, Grace builds a family around her team at the Academy. Grace and her team track the uncollared Mageborn – those that do not serve the King and commit crimes with their magical powers. Unexpectedly named by the King himself to protect Bastien - his cousin and heir to the crown, Grace’s duty brings her face to face with the most dangerous and powerful magic in the kingdom. But as her mystifying desire for Bastien grows, so does the need of her buried past burn to expose itself.
Bastien, more brother than a cousin to the King, is known as the Lord of Thorns. Powerful, handsome, secretive - Bastien governs all Mageborn and is the King’s named heir. As the King’s imminent death draws ever nearer, Bastien’s life is in danger from enemies who want the throne for themselves and wish him dead. When Grace is put in charge of safeguarding his life, Bastien is far from pleased but finds himself slowly trusting her as their circumstances grow more threatening and treacherous.
Jessica Thorne is an adept artist in world-building. Exciting and imaginative, the reader is easily fascinated by her Mageborn realm of magic. I was vividly visualizing this uniquely inventive world.
The ending is open to going further on and breathlessly leaves you wanting more.
I can’t wait to see what awaits! Very highly recommended.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for Jessica Thorne’s read of, Mageborn: (The Hollow King Book 1 ).
Opinions expressed in my reviews are my own.