Title: Boundless Magick
Author: Lowvee Cole
Page Count/Review Word Count: 328
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
When I first started reading Boundless Magick, I was skeptical – it’s clearly aimed at teenage girls, and I’m a male in his mid-twenties. Turns out that I was in for a pleasant surprise.
Boundless Magick is Lowvee’s first novel, and it’s a self-financed and self-published Wiccan epic that veers between a magical version of 16th-century America and the present day on Block Island. It’s not bad for a first novel, and I can imagine the appeal it would hold for its intended audience.
Of course, with it being a self-published debut, there are a couple of typos and the occasional mistake in the layout, but it’s all minor and I regularly see worse from commercial releases – the main thing that bugged me was the author’s use of ellipses. She uses too many, and they all display strangely with spaces between the dots. . . like so.
But the novel is still a first-person tour-de-force, and Lowvee really gets inside the head of Abigail, the protagonist. Mind you, so do the other characters – quite often, she drifts off in to her own private thoughts in the middle of a conversation, only for the other characters to reply to them. She’s not voicing her thoughts aloud, so how do they do it?
Despite all this, it’s a cracking attempt at a first novel, and Lowvee’s 16th-century world is incredibly absorbing – the characters are three-dimensional and fully-formed, and you grow genuinely involved in Abigail’s education and her love-life. As a reader, you’re struck by the insatiable desire to learn more about Wiccan culture and the magical kingdom that Abigail is transported to.
This might be Lowvee Cole’s first novel, but I’m excited to read more – she’s got a promising career ahead of her, and I’ll be watching.