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The Red Scrolls of Magic: The Eldest Curses, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature Shadowhunter series spin-off focuses on Alec, Magnus.

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age 15+

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age 15+


This book was absolutely amazing! I recommend it to anyone interested in any kind of supernatural or fantasy novel... some books in these genres can just scratch the surface, but this book was truly awesome. Yes, there is some mature content, but if someone is mature as a young teen, I believe their age shouldn't restrict them from enjoying this novel. I can't wait for the other two books of this trilogy to be released. (Ps. I am of the "teen review" category but was accadently categorized as under "adult". This makes no change in my review, so parents, please do not disregard this review. Thank you.)

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Fans of the Shadowhunters universe have another fun spin-off series to follow with more demons, demonic cults, and intense romance, this time featuring a gay couple. Alec, a Shadowhunter, and Magnus, a warlock, are the power pair in question in The Red Scrolls of Magic: The Eldest Curses. Neither Shadowhunters (the older ones anyhow) nor Downworlders like the match at first, but readers will. Who wouldn't want to be on a European vacation with Magnus, who picks the best hotels, restaurants, and parties to attend and knows how to dress everyone for every occasion? Alec is a good counterpart to Magnus, levelheaded and ready to save anyone who needs saving.

While the cult stuff is nothing new in the Shadowhunter universe of books, the Italian setting and some supporting characters keep it a bit fresher. Longtime fans will enjoy the meet-cute between Aline and Helen. They may also enjoy this closer look at the world of warlocks. A surprise twist ending will excite readers for the sequel.

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