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Reviewed by David Cameron for Readers' Favorite
In Light of the Magos: The Spark Within, T.A.C. Wilson creates a world that is both familiar and alien. Modern Ireland is a land of magic, both good and bad, but among the magic wielders are two distinct sides. The Intellects are the hereditary traditional holders of the arts, and the Jenkins family wishes to maintain their dominance. A new movement called The Gifted nurtures and teaches magical power to anyone with aptitude and they are championed by the Custer family. Colby Custer enters the International School for the Gifted and the Intellect, together with his friends. Settling into a new school has the expected difficulties, but where all students and teachers are Magos, then intrigue and danger are always present. When Faith Jenkins' life is endangered, blame is put on Colby Custer, and more fuel is added to the families' feud, but Faith knows the truth.
There are echoes of the divisions of Ireland and of Romeo and Juliet as two young people from opposing families join to work together, and clear parallels to other famous wizardry series, but Light of the Magos stands apart. Modern in approach, with DNA, CIA, Garda, and crime, T.A.C. Wilson tells an exciting, and at times, humorous story where magic, fables, and technology co-exist. The writing style is fast-paced, the characters are believable, and the story is intriguing. Aimed at the young adult market, Light of the Magos will satisfy the appetites of those readers who enjoy their fantasy laced with romance, school settings, twists, turns, and family intrigues. This is an excellent debut and a satisfying and enjoyable read. I look forward to more from the author.