Review~Beggar Magic~H.L. Burke





In Gelia City, magic is music: a constant ever-changing melody known as the Strains. Hereditary ability to use the Strains divides the city into two classes: the wealthy Highmost, who can access the full potential of the Strains, and the Common tradesmen, who are limited to mundane spells, known as beggar magic.

With the help of the Strains, Common teen Leilani rescues and befriends a gifted Highmost girl, Zebedy. The girls’ friendship opens Leilani’s eyes to the world of the Highmost. She’s intrigued by  Zeb’s close relationship with the Strains, and longs to know them as she does. Zeb, in turn, comes to depend on Leilani’s strength and intelligence, making them an inseparable team, ready to take on anything with the Strains at their back.

As their unlikely friendship strengthens and endures, Zeb draws Leilani further into the Highmosts’ intrigues. Beneath the polished, academic facade of the Highmost manors lurks a threat to the Strains. An unknown force consumes their music, leaving only heart-rending silence behind.

Leilani and Zeb will do anything to save their beloved Strains, but as the silence grows, they face danger their previously sheltered lives could never prepare them for. Whoever is behind the death of the Strains is willing to kill to keep their secret safe. To preserve the Strains, the girls may have to sacrifice their friendship, or even their lives.

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Beggar Magic is one of the most refreshing pieces of fiction that I have read in a while. The book follows Leilani Weaver on her journey to living her dreams and becoming something that is beyond her “Common” status. Leilani’s life changes for the better, and for the worst, when she meets Zebedy, a “Highmost” girl who is so special that she can actually hear every word the “Strains”—the magical begins that help the people in Gelia—say. When they meet, you think that they are just two girls from different classes who will never see each other again. However, as they get to know one another they become best friends, and soon Zebedy is asking Leilani to be her assistant as she goes on to do her fellowship in one of the Highmost manors, which is where the higher classes learn their trades. But everything is not what it seems, and as the saying goes, “all that glitters is not gold,” and in this case, it is especially true.

This book is filled with suspense, tear jerking moments and even a little bit of romance. It is magical as well as being beautifully written. The book keeps you on your toes almost to the very end, and even though everything seems to resolve itself, there is enough room for a sequel, if the author chooses to do so. (Side note: I really hope that is the case, because I just loved it.) Beggar Magic is one of those books that you can read over and over again, and never get bored. I commend the author, and hope to see more soon.

So it is 5 out of 5 stars for Beggar Magic, and when it comes out on December 9th, you’ll be beggin’ for more! ~ Laura Del


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She self-published her first novel, “The Ordinary Knight and the Invisible Princess: a Tale in Two Parts,” in the summer of 2013 and is currently working on a four part fantasy/romance series with the working title of “The Scholar and the Dragon.”


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