Review: A Radical Act of Free Magic by H.G. Parry

Series: The Shadow Histories #2
Author: H.G. Parry
Publisher: Redhook
Released: July 20, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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A Radical Act of Free Magic is the second novel in H.G. Parry’s The Shadow Histories, an alternate historical fantasy like I’ve never seen before. I confess that I got so excited by this one that I didn’t stop reading the first novel in the series first (bad me, I know), but I still really enjoyed everything I found within these pages.

Napoleon Bonaparte is a dangerous and brilliant battle-mage, and he’s commanding an Army of the Dead as part of his plans for domination. He’s taken down most of Europe, and yet some still resist. There will always be those that resist.

Yet the war against Napoleon is masking a hidden war, one that is infinitely more dangerous and should never risk being left unchecked.

“Are you smiling?”
“It’s a serious frown, but I put it on backward.”
“Well, straighten it.”

Wow. What? Vampires and Napoleon in the same book? This is something that I never knew I needed, but now I’m not sure how I lived my whole life without it. A Radical Act of Free Magic is an intense and brilliantly unique novel; I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about it!

I know that to some, the concept might sound a bit…out there, but trust me – H.G. Parry is rocking it, bringing this alternate historical world to life in ways that I would never have even dreamed of.

It’s more than enough to keep readers interested from start to finish; I can tell you that much. Better yet, this series is surprisingly approachable for new readers. I didn’t read the first book in this series, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians (I know, shame on me), but I didn’t struggle at all. In fact, I was quickly sucked into the world.

I’m obviously going to go back and read the first novel at my earliest convenience because this series is worth a deep dive into!

Thanks to Redhook and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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