The Magi Menagerie by Kale Lawrence

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Magi Managerie

Author: Kale Lawrence

Book Series: The Magi Managerie Book 1

Diversity: Turkish Muslim mc
Mexican bisexual side character
Gay side character
Indian side character

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy, magic, secret society

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date:

Publisher: EnchantFire

Pages: 397

Recommended Age: 16+ (Gore, Violence, Racism, Religion, Romance, Sexual content, Language, Homophobia)

Explanation of CWs: There are incidents of gore and violence, including a train explosion. Racism and homophobia are present in the novel. There is some sexual content, it does fade to black. There’s also some romance and language.

Synopsis: Some stars aren’t meant to be followed…

For seventeen years, Ezra Newport and his parents were habitual immigrants, traveling from their Ottoman Empire home across 20th century Europe. As the Newports migrate to Belfast, Ireland, Ezra wants nothing more to settle into a consistent life and lay the foundation of his architectural dreams. But after a strange, mechanical bounty hunter murders his mother and prompts the disappearance of his father, Ezra discovers that his parents had actually been on the run. Now, their enemies are targeting him, and they won’t stop until he is dead.

In a moment of desperation, Ezra’s fate collides with the Third Order of the Magi, a secret society dedicated to using their supernatural powers to protect their communities. With increasing violence around the world, the Magi are fairly certain they know who’s behind the attacks on Ezra and his family since the same group could also be threatening their own existence.

Both Ezra and the Magi’s survival hinges on knowledge only Ezra’s father has and the key to saving them could be buried within history itself. In a race across continents and time, both Ezra and the Magi must secure an ancient Babylonian artifact before hell is unleashed on the world. And, against all odds, Ezra must decide where his allegiances truly lie, despite what is written in the stars.

Review: For the most part this was an okay book. I liked the premise of it and I enjoyed the story for the most part. The writing was well done, the characters were well developed, and the world building was good.

However, I got bored with the book early on and it was a struggle to keep reading. I felt like the disconnect happened because of how the story was laid out in the book. The book uses multiple POVs throughout the book and it became very frustrating to be wrapped up in Ezra’s story and then to jump to someone else’s. I felt like that didn’t help me connect with the characters whatsoever and I think if the book focused on one point of view throughout the entire book that it would have been better for me. I also felt some of the diverse characters had some stereotyping.

Verdict: It was ok, just didn’t connect with me.