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Special Rewards by M.L. Ryan
Book Two of the Coursodon Dimension Series
Warning: There might be spoilers for Book One within this review.
Hailey Parrish was normal once upon a time; that was before her body played host for a man’s spirit from another dimension. After that experience, and discovering that magic was alive and well, Hailey was a bit less normal. Then, she discovered that Sebastian, the very powerful magical being who had inhabited her body, left her with some sort of magical power as a result of his spiritual habitation.
On top of having magic, she and Alex are going to have to travel to Courso to defend Sebastian’s actions. Making the experience even more fun will be discovering information about Alex’s family, and adjusting to the decided lack of modern technology and magic as its all-around substitute.
Then there is possibly the most exciting development of all: Hailey’s magic isn’t exactly stable. When she gets upset, things have a tendency to get rather explosive. Hailey is nervous enough about meeting Alex’s family. He won’t talk about anyone other than his sister, so Hailey’s already terrified. Add to that her tendency to blow up things that annoy her, and this could be an even greater adventure than having a man’s spirit living inside her.
Once again, M.L. Ryan managed to create a story that is both entertaining and captivating. Special Rewards isn’t just about the magic, the family, or the potential for Hailey to humiliate herself. Ryan has included a few mysteries within the story.
Also, as the reader will notice in this second book of the Coursodan, the personalities of the three primary characters begin to blossom even more. They become multi-dimensional beings. The reader might even begin to think about them when not reading, as if they are real people. Ryan creates complete character constructs. The main characters are so real, their personalities so vivid, readers learn to expect certain actions from them; it becomes these characters’ natures to act in certain ways because Ryan has created such realistic characters.
The world of Courso is also introduced in this book of the series, so we get to experience the author’s exceptional world-building skills. The world of Courso is well-designed and it is obvious this is only an introduction to this world; readers will get to learn more about rules, regulations, and terrain in the future.
I continue to be captivated by this series. Another 4 out of 5 sparkling stars!
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions were my own.