Mage Breaker

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
346 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Mage Breaker is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy, adventure, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to mature YA and adult reading audiences. Author Sean R. Frazier invites us into a world where magic is not a gift but confinement. The planet Seruline, which thrives on magic, is governed by the Kithrak, extraterrestrial beings. A prophecy predicts their demise at the hands of the ultimate mage. Ellyne, a gunslinger, joins forces with Nicole, the Mage Breaker, against the Kithrak's threat. The duo's mission evolves from personal survival to safeguarding humanity's future, unraveling the hidden facets of magic.

Author Sean R. Frazier uses stellar worldbuilding and a vivid imaginative drive to immerse readers in a captivating blend of magic, prophecy, and survival. The unique concept of magic as a restraint rather than a boon added depth to the story's dynamics, creating an interesting dystopian vibe that bucks the trend of typical urban fantasy works everywhere. The characters, particularly Ellyne and Nicole, resonated with human struggles and growth, making them deeply relatable, and the close attention paid to their narrative structure allows us to read deeply into their emotional journey. The evolving quest, from individual to universal stakes, kept me engaged, and the revelation of magic's darker side was intriguing. Frazier weaves a compelling narrative, skillfully blending fantasy elements with relatable themes and developing satisfying interlocking plot elements that make for a strong conclusion. Overall, Mage Breaker offers a fresh perspective on magic-driven worlds, exploring both personal and grand-scale challenges while maintaining a fast-paced, immersive storyline. I’d highly recommend it to fantasy fans everywhere.