Title: The Sorcery Trial
Author: Claire Luana & J.A. Armitage
Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars
“Welcome to The Faerie Race—an epic adventure through a realm as compelling as it is deadly…
Fame. Fortune. Your most extravagant wish granted. These are the prizes promised to the team that wins The Faerie Race, the first and only reality television show to venture into the dangerous realm of the fae. But that’s not why Jacqueline Cunningham wants in. She’s after any sign of her sister—who vanished without a trace into the faerie world two years ago. Jacq thought getting into the race would be the hard part. But she didn’t count on the other competitors—who will stop at nothing to finish first. Or her distractingly-handsome jerk of a partner, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own.
Plunged into a world where everything wants to kill her, what starts as a hunt for the truth turns into a desperate contest for survival. Now that Jacq’s in the race, it will take all her wits to make it to the finish line alive.“
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This book in a few words: Hunger Games meets the world of the Fae. The Sorcery Trial is an underdog story, and without mincing my words, this book freaking rocks!
Stories where the Fae have a different world to ours are infinitely variable, but the ones I read are always incredibly emotive. This one was no different.
Jacq is a personal assistant to an arrogant Hollywood producer who is waiting for his big break. Jacq wants to pursue a career in stunts and she has all the skills she needs to make a success of it. All she needs is a chance. Her chance comes in the form of a new TV show called The Fantastic Faerie Race, in which contestants compete to earn an unconditional wish from the Faerie King himself.
Since Jacq’s sister Cass disappeared with a Faerie a few years before, Jacq has been desperate to find her. Believing Cass is somewhere in the Faerie world, Jacq inserts herself into the competition so that she might ask the Faerie King to look for her sister in his realm.
The competition is not as it seems and quickly, Jacq realises that as a human she has a serious disadvantage – no magic. In the Fae world, everything is trying to kill you and it’s only with the help of her Fae partner, Orin, that she doesn’t die in the first ten minutes. However, Jacq’s unique skills also have their uses, and the further through the trials they get, the more Jacq realises that there are forces at work beyond the reach of the studio executives.
The Sorcery Trials is a seriously addictive, well-written page-turner. Action-packed, full of mystery and, my goodness, so unpredictable. It’s difficult to predict any further than a page ahead anyway because of just how unique the Fae world is, but there are so many twists, turns, and surprises in this book. You won’t want to put it down!
Of course, the book ends before the trials are all finished, which leads me to believe that Jacq’s adventures are about to scale up in the sequel. Jacq’s mission, along with her tireless efforts and determination to succeed make her a character worth rooting for. Her strong sense of justice and empathy often put her in danger at times, but she can’t walk away from someone in need. Especially not in the trials, where literally anything will kill you if you give it half a chance.
In case it wasn’t obvious, I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone! The Sorcery Trials has earned The Secret Library Recommended Reads Seal:
At the time of this post, The Sorcery Trials is free on Amazon right now. I suspect it’s a permafreebie, so there’s a good chance it’ll be free for a while to come. If you’d like to read The Sorcery Trials for yourself, grab your copy here!
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