Magic Born
Dyan Chick
Urban Fantasy

Morgan Drake has spent her entire life in the shadows. A rampaging dragon is about to change all of that forever.

Morgan Drake wants as little to do with the magical community as possible. That’s why she gave up her official Mage roots to work for a Vampire crime lord. She has to make a living though, so she helps her boss uncover valuable magical objects. If she had any other skills, she’d leave the magical community forever and live in the human world, but her fate seems to be straddling both sides.

When an escaped dragon rampages through town, her vampire boss and mentor, Jimmy, is murdered in the chaos that follows. And worse, security footage sets Morgan up to take the fall. Now, she’s going to have to find a way to clear her name and find out the truth. In Realms Gate, the magical city hidden from the human world, the truth has a way of getting people killed, though.

Time’s running out because if she doesn’t clear her name before the Hunters get to her, she’ll lose more than her freedom, she’ll lose her magic as well. And the police from both Realms Gate and the Human world are on her tail. With her only allies being a brand-new vampire and a very old dragon shifter that she just met, the odds are stacked against her. Even if she figures out the truth, the trick will be to survive, and the only sure thing is that nothing will ever be the same. To have any chance at all, she’ll have to come to terms with her past, magic and all.

Uncaged Review: Magic Born is a fast paced urban fantasy that hits the ground running – I was yanked into the story within a few pages and the story never let up. Morgan is a mage, who travels between the magical realm and the human one, smuggling magical objects to sell for a living. Her main boss, and mentor, is a powerful crime lord and centuries old vampire – Jimmy. When Morgan brings him a cursed statue she found at an estate sale, she is well rewarded – and since it’s her birthday, Jimmy tells her to go out on the town on him, and show around his newest employee, and young vamp, Alec.
Things take a turn while Morgan and Alec are at the club, a dragon is loose and burning the city. When she finds out that Jimmy is dead, and she’s set up, she has 48 hours to clear her name.
There are plenty of twists and turns and betrayals – and the author keeps you second guessing yourself and the characters on every other page. The banter, the characters and the action sequences are well paced and keeps the reader engaged. I read this in one sitting, and am looking forward to book two that is coming out in April. Even though this tied up the story arc that was running, it did leave you hanging a bit on others at the end.
Reviewed by Cyrene

4 1/2 Stars