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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The Prison for the Magically Cursed is a work of fantasy fiction by author Brett Perkins. Excitement and adventure begin with the very first line as "Green flames twisted around Tallon’s fingers as he raced through the forest." The tension builds considerably as Tallon tries to control his curse, leading the enemy close on their heels. He and his sister, Valkyrie, were escaping the Merriweather Orphanage for the Cursed, the very building Tallon’s curse had set ablaze. And there was nothing he could do to stop it. Only his sister knew how to control Tallon’s curse, but there was no reversing it. As the other orphans fled the raging inferno, another threat appeared. But Tallon and Valkyrie were confronted by a stranger, who promised to help them control their magic. Should they follow the stranger who promised to protect them? Or remain and face the fate that would befall the other orphans? Another cursed child appears, Mason, one whose curse is more powerful than Tallon’s, but Mason ends up in the Prison for the Magically Cursed, whilst Tallon is set on revenge when his sister goes missing and Daunt is the culprit. All Mason ever wanted was a normal life, all Tallon wanted was to be able to control his curse, and all the world wants is to rid itself of every magically cursed being. These are the makings of a magical battle.
Brett Perkins's young people's novel, The Prison for the Magically Cursed, is a powerful fantasy novel full of everything one would expect: magic, adventure, battles, conflict and so much more. With two main plots evolving simultaneously, Tallon’s and Mason’s, the excitement is always present and once you start reading this book, it’ll be difficult to put it down. Like the Harry Potter series, this story has the good and evil of magic in a world trying to appear normal. The dialogue is compelling and certainly drives the plot forward. The descriptive narrative is well orchestrated and the characters are well developed. But there’s more to this story than the curse of magic, as an unexpected twist reveals an ominous prophecy: will the magically cursed be forever cursed? A great read!