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“I thought coincidences are just part of being a magician.”

Rites of Passage is MD Presley’s first foray into Urban Fantasy after completing his Epic Fantasy series Sol’s Harvest last year. Sol’s Harvest is a criminally underrated series that follows a group of people, all of whom are broken in some way, as they try to escort a mysterious girl across a post Civil War world.

Rites of Passage is set in the United States in 2008 and follows a young man named Corbin after he escapes from a cult in Montana. Corbin has the magical ability to dowse and can find people and objects as long as he has something that connects to them. He spends several months trying to survive on his own before he runs into Mister, a mysterious man with important connections to the secretive magical underworld. Mister will force Corbin to help him unravel a mystery of magicians who went missing in a magical maze beneath a magical house.

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Corbin is a teenager but he’s not full of angst or irrational anger and made for a great MC in this single PoV character book. Corbin has magical abilities but has been sequestered in a mysterious cult so he is naive to the outside world. This led to some great opportunities to throw in plenty of humor and early 2000’s pop culture references that I loved. The secondary characters were strong and really served to help us see different magical abilities and provided intrigue and mystery as Corbin had to figure out the different motivations and allegiances the different characters and factions had.

The magic system in Sol’s Harvest was a real strength in Presley’s first series and it is a strong point in Rites of Passage as well. It is much more eclectic and based on traditional urban fantasy magic. There are lots of magical artifacts and chanting in your traditional wizard and witch style as well.

This is a strong first book and I absolutely look forward to reading future installments as well! You can see my video review on Youtube below.

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Cameron Scaggs

Purveyor of the Nerd Book Review YouTube Channel. Lover of Indie Fantasy.

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