Title: Descension (Mystic #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: B.C. Burgess
Release Date: April 4, 2012
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One Line: A fun and quick tale of magic, mystery, and romance that will leave you wanting more.
After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her lonely life, quickly finding she descends from witches and wizards. Magic is in her blood, and a handsome family friend is eager to prove it. Through a ring imprinted with her birth parents’ memories, Layla’s enigmatic past comes to light, presenting possibilities and trials more chimerical than her wildest dreams.
Quin’s natural charisma yields plenty of witches, but he longs for the lost witch – the mysterious Layla. He’s dreamed about her his entire life, envisioning the day he would lay eyes on her face and aura. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he’s confronted with the challenge of a lifetime – an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.
Employing fiendish manipulation and manpower, Agro uses the arcane force of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. Nothing pleases him more than latching on to a mystical vein, and never has there been a more enticing source. The divine witch will be his.
Descension was a very fun, interesting and quick read for me. Filled with magic, mystery, and a sweet romance – two, actually; I really enjoyed reading this one. Going into this you should know that the first half of this book is where you get to know Layla. It really sets the scene for the rest of the series and you get a little bit a an intro to Quin and their romance. The second half of the book revolves around Layla’s past – her parents, why she was hidden, and the dangers she will face. You don’t see much of the villan in this story, except for what he did in the past, and I was surprised, in a good way, at how this book moved along.
You start off getting a glimpse of the villan, Agro, and his discovery that Layla is still alive. After that, you don’t really see him until the end, although he appears in the second half of the book as a tool to Layla’s parents’ demise. Layla then uncovers who she really is as she ventures to Oregon in search of family and answers. From there, you dive into her past, see what happened to her parents, and Burgess sets the scene for what’s to come.
I really liked Layla and Quin. They’re such a cute couple. Layla is instantly attracted to Quin and as she learns to trust and rely on him, their romance grows. Quin has cared for Layla for awhile now, having dreamed of her for so long and I loved the idea of how they basically grew up together in his dreams. He’s a very charming and sweet guy. Their romance is very steady and I’m hoping for epic things for these two.
Their romance, however, was quickly overshadowed by the love of Layla’s parents. I kind of feel like this was more of their story and actually would’ve preferred a prequel telling their story, because it felt like Descension was really two different books in one. While learning about Layla’s parents, I completely forgot about Layla and whatever was happening in the present. It’s not really a deterrent, and if anything, it makes you really want to read Book 2 to find out what happens to Layla. I really loved their romance, and even though it was a bit of instalove for them, as their relationship progressed, it became so much more than that. They dealt with some pretty intense drama and I especially give it up to Layla’s mom for what she went through.
The ending is pretty mysterious and Burgess hints at a key player in this story that you’ll be dying to know about. Descension was light read and I finished pretty quickly. There’s not a lot of depth or detail, which I hope will come in later books, but for the most part, it was a good read. Oh, but one thing I didn’t like how was they kept referring to each other as “magicians”, it really trivialized the magic and I couldn’t take them seriously, but really, that’s just my personal opinion. I really feel like there could’ve been more to this if only Burgess had taken the parents’ story out and made it their own, but I’m hoping her reasoning for doing things this way will come out in later books.