She does a great job of blending all of these elements together to create an page-turning story and unique magic system.
CONTENT RATING: No real swearing, drugs, or sex. A war and battles do take place, acts of terrorism and many people die, some in very painful ways. But the violence is not overly grotesque or descriptive. There is a monster race of invading aliens and suspenseful situations. There is lots of magic-meets-tech and a budding romance story that is clean.
The main characters, Talia and Landry, come from two different backgrounds, but their experiences, personalities and magical abilities compliment each other as they work to stop an alien invasion meant to destroy them. As you can imagine, this leads to some romance.
The magic system is unique, but what interested me more were the repercussions of magic coming back into a world that had long forgotten it existed. Especially one that had progressed scientifically. There's no order or rules for all of these new mages and how does that play out.
The history of the Sendek world is interesting and I'm curious to see what comes next in The Magic Awakes series. There are so many routes to go with uncontrolled magic, new baddies, space explorations, dragons disappearing, etc...
The story did seem to have chunks missing in a few places as it jumped from scene and character without fully getting into the character's heads and motivations. I did hear that was partially due to the last-minute edits of the publisher and a number of scenes were cut to make the book shorter for print (i.e. almost all of the sections from the Dragon's point-of-view) I wish there were deleted scenes so I could read the author's full story. Even if the ebook version had the full story we could read since who cares about page length in an ebook.
Maybe the author will be able to post the deleted scenes on her website. You can visit author Charity Bradford's site at www.charitywrites.com and ask her.
THE MAGIC AWAKES BOOK SUMMARY FROM AMAZON:
Since childhood, scientist Talia Zaryn has been haunted by recurring dreams, visions of an alien attack on her planet Sendek. Each time it ends abruptly with Talia’s death in the capital city Joharadin, a city that she has spent her life desperately avoiding. Talia keeps these dreams a secret, hoping they are nothing more than childish nightmares. But when she is unexpectedly transferred to Joharadin she is convinced that the conflict, and her own death, is at hand.
As Talia’s nightmares occur with increasing frequency, they reveal the imminent invasion of a half-dragon, half-human race called Dragumon, bent on the annihilation of her world.
In Sendek, magic is dead and science rules, forcing Talia to keep another secret, one that could cost her everything if it were known. Now, in order to save her planet, Talia must awaken the powers within her and rely at last on the magic that is her true inheritance.