Review: The Willow by Stacey Kennedy (The Magical Sword #1)
July 8 2010
Liquid Silver Books
Received from author
Yummy Man – Kyden
Kick Ass Chick – Nexi Jones
“A past of secrets, a life broken by death―awakens to a world of promise and love, but lurking danger threatens to destroy it all.
In Carson City, Nevada a tragic car accident has claimed the lives of Nexi Jones’ adoptive parents. Now, without them, her reason to live has vanished and she is determined to end her pain.
The problem with that, it’s not heaven she wakes up to, it’s the Otherworld. Nexi must reconcile the truth about her past, and her heritage as part guardian/part witch, while she begins to train to join the Council’s guard. But it’s not the combat training that has her worried, its attempting to keep her cool around the luscious guardian, Kyden that’s her biggest concern.
Before long, Nexi’s skills are put to the test as she begins to fight against the supernatural who have taken a human life. But nothing can prepare her for the journey ahead. Soon, she will find herself lost in a mystery and fighting to keep all she’s gained, as Lazarus, a vampire, threatens to take it all away.”
The Willow is the first book in Stacey Kennedy’s ‘The Magical Sword’ series. It’s the story of Nexi Jones and how she discovers that she is not what she seems. After Nexi’s parents die in a car accident, and with no other family around, she feels that she doesn’t want to live anymore. The book starts with Nexi committing suicide by her beloved willow tree not too far from her family’s home. Sounds like a happy book right? Don’t despair. Once she comes to, she discovers that she is not intended to die, but to live out the rest of her existence the way it was meant to be. Because you see, Nexi is part Guardian, part Witch and where she really belongs is in Otherworld.
Nexi is yet to discover her magic, but she is ready to learn about her Guardian side. Guardians are responsible for dealing with vampires and werewolves who commit crimes against humans. Basically if a human dies and it’s because of a supe, Guardians are sent out to…take care of the problem. Nexi’s trainer is Kyden. No, let me try that again. Nexi’s trainer is yummy yum yum Kyden. Soon, Nexi is ready to take on her new role of chasing down the bad guys. Especially one bad guy in particular…
I enjoyed this book. It was very cute and surprisingly light (for a paranormal book). None of the concepts were new, but they were written in a way that made that okay. Nexi is a spitfire! Sometimes I felt that she lacked maturity, but that is just her character. She is used to being coddled by her adoptive parents and her character is still getting used to being without them.
Kyden was fine. I liked how we saw a few sides to him. His professional side while training and while working, his playful side with his friends and his softer side with Nexi and Haven. It was nice to know that he wasn’t just a one dimensional hunk. Finn, Haven, Zia and all the other supporting characters all added to the story nicely too. I think the villain could have been a little creepier, but that’s just me.
The only issue I really had with this book is that well, it needed to be longer. The story was a little choppy at times because it just went from one scene to the next to the next. It would have been much smoother if more time had been allocated to the transitional moments. And even though I got a good feel for the characters, I would have loved to see more from them. More time between Nexi and Kyden would have been good. That way we really could have seen their relationship grow into love. More time with Nexi and Haven to witness their friendship and their bond as opposed to just being told about it would have made Haven that much more fun. And just getting a little more insight into how the characters were feeling here and there would have made the story that much richer.
I found myself looking forward to picking up this book whenever I had to put it down. It was a nice story with characters I do want to see again. And I liked how magic is mixed into things. I like magic…what can I say?! Overall, I did like this book. With what happened at the end of this book, the next book in the series, The Wicked, should be full of excitement!
Books in The Magical Sword series –
The Devil’s Kiss
First and Last (January 24th 2011)