Celestials are born with magical abilities. Specters steal magic from endangered magical creatures. The Spell Walkers are a group of celestials, drawn together to stop specters. Brothers Emil and Brighton always watched celestials from the side lines. Brighton longs for powers of his own and Emil wishes that the fighting would end. But when Emil develops powers, the brothers become targets of the specters and they look to the Spell Walkers for help and protection.
Overall a great premise and story. There could be more world building, but one of the things that I like about Adam’s books is that we are thrust into his worlds. I loved how there is a spin on the “chosen one” trope (reminded me of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness), and gave us LGBT+ characters in a fantasy story. It has some heartbreaking moments that are normal for Adam’s books, so I was expecting that. And after this ending I need to know how it continues in book 2!
Read it for: LGBT characters, super powers, mythical creatures, fast paced fantasy.
Release date: January 14th, 2019
Page count: 368
Rating: ★★★ 1/2
Audience: Young Adult