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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

The Mystic Series: An Epic Romance!

The Mystic Series: An Epic Romance!

I think I've said this before, but for those of you who don't know, I read...a lot. And in my years of reading, I've come across countless series, few of which have left me with a lasting impression. That is not the case for the series I am speaking of today: The Mystic Series by the uber talented B.C. Burgess!

The ongoing Mystic Series

The ongoing Mystic Series

I think I should preface my thoughts with a little tidbit about me. Before I was introduced to this series, I actively avoided the romance genre. It was full of cliché moments that I quickly grew tired of. Though, that could have been due to me going on a YA tear for quite a while, but I digress. This series succeeds in trumping all that had pushed me away from the genre as a whole.

The story is that of Layla Love Callaway, our wonderful and realistic heroine. She reacts to a world of magic as you would expect, and you can find yourself in her. I know I did. I could see myself reacting the way she did, whether it was finding out she was adopted, or acclimating to a new lifestyle, or dealing with magic she'd never known even existed. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't I find myself entranced by Layla Love, as are many of the characters throughout the series.

Her story is one that boasts magic, death and love. With The Mystic Series, B.C. Burgess has crafted a magical (pun intended) world chocked full of characters that are at times both unbelievable and relatable. Each character is unique, crafted masterfully in a way that makes you care for them without even realizing it. We have Layla, we have Quin, the wizard who has been in love with Layla for as long as he could remember (a man that is the ideal man if there ever was one),  and we have a cornucopia of side characters, comprised of Layla and Quin's friends and families. On top of that, the various covens of witches and wizards presented in the book are done in such an in-depth way that you cant' help but be invested in not only Layla's story, but the stories of the other characters as well. I can honestly say that these characters are my favorite and most memorable characters I've had the pleasure of meeting(?) since 2012. That's how great these characters are.

Even the villains capture the pages that they're on. They're done so well that you can't help but hate (or in some cases sympathize with) them. You root for the heroes to defeat the great evils they're up against, smile and laugh at the joys and triumphs they experience, and cry at the pain they endure. never before have I read a series that handled emotion so well, be it love or hate, joy or sorrow, triumph or failure.

When I first found out about this series, I was so immersed in this world Burgess has created that I wrote her a note! It still applies to this day: While I was reading Descension, I experienced for the first time the feeling other readers get when they start crying from reading a book. I was at school and/or out in public the majority of the time I was reading the first book in the series, so I'm sure I got quite a few odd looks from those around me due to my reactions throughout the book. I didn't bust out crying while reading it, but tears were filling my eyes on multiple occasions while reading Descension. This series took me on an emotional roller coaster that I didn't really want to get off, and thankfully, the ride isn't over yet!

PS: The first book is free on Amazon! https://amzn.com/B00BZE8PNY

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