Magic Scars is the second book in The Crown of Stone Series by C.L Schneider. As with the first book, this is an action-packed high fantasy- with adventure, magic, tension, drama, originality, brilliant world building, suspense, and so much more. I loved the first book, and couldn’t wait to continue the series, reading all three books pretty much back to back.
The story starts off a couple of years after the events in book one. Ian Troy had been imprisoned, tortured, and drugged to suppress his magic. He is ‘battle-scared’, both physically and mentally. The world he returns to hasn’t fared much better than him- suffering at the hands of the new High King. Ian is the only hope of freeing the people, and so there is much at stake. He carries a heavy burden of responsibility but struggles to piece his life back together again after what happened. What about The Crown of Stones- and what of his connection to it? His addiction to magic is also a problem. So, he starts searching for the answers he needs- delving into the past to find them, where he uncovers ancient secrets that have shocking implications, not just for him, but for his entire race. What price will the magic cost him this time- and will he find the resolutions he is looking for?
Again, this is pretty dark and heavy- and I was left really feeling for Ian and what he had been through, and what was still left for him to endure. Ms. Schneider world building skills are really superb, with so much attention to detail that it seemed so realistic and believable.
This fantastic series is really epic, and oh so intriguing. I very much enjoyed Ms. Schneider’s unique and very imaginative adventure. There are still a lot of threads left to tie up- but don’t worry everything comes together in the next book- Magic Borne (Book Three), which is available now to read.
I really recommend this book/series to anyone who loves an epic, action-packed fantasy!
Thank you, Ms. Schneider!
Reviewed by @angelahayes