Odette Dane is a legacy witch just entering Spellcaster’s Spy Academy. In fact, her parents met when they were both students there. She had dreamed of this future for herself for years. For some unknown reason, her parents tried everything to dissuade her. They would have preferred that she follow in their footsteps and pursue a Hollywood career. Even though her parents seem filled with pleasant memories, when they arrive at the school, and are happy to get reacquainted with old friends, they are decidedly edgy about leaving her. The school has great security, with wards set to keep out any uninvited visitors, human or supernatural. So, what could go wrong?
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The plot of the first book in the Spellcaster Spy Academy was a real roller coaster. From the first page to the last, the book is filled with tension and mystery. There are so many surprises, twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, that I found it difficult to put the book down. It’s rare that a twist in a story makes me gasp, but this is the exactly what happened here. I was also left wanting more and will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
The setting of a magic-based college/academy could have been cliche and stereotypical, but the author does a great job of adding a twist to the setting we’re so familiar with. Adding in the spymasters element, there’s an extra layer of mystery and intrigue in the setting. In some ways, I wish the main character was more oblivious to the ways her world works, since at times I felt like I was left to assume the rules of the world, or things were explained too late into the novel.
I often struggled to connect to the main character of the novel, Odette Dane. Her situation is interesting, but as she came from a very privileged position, since her parents are powerful witches and spies, she starts out difficult for me to connect to. Eventually, I warmed up to her, but it took longer than I would have liked. Additionally, the male characters were less well-developed than I’d like. They mostly seemed to be arm candy who sometimes played a role in the plot.
A Legacy Witch is the first book in the Spellcaster Spy Academy series. It’s a fun and quick read, with surprises you will never see the coming. The setting is unique, but I wish I’d been able to learn more about the rules earlier on. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, I was invested enough in the plot that I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.