The Black Veins

Dead Magic #1

Ashia Monet

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ young adult
adventurous funny lighthearted medium-paced

428 pages | first published 2019

In a world where magic thrives in secret city corners, a group of magicians embark on a road trip—and it’s the "no-love-interest", found family adventure you’ve been searching for.

Sixteen-year-old Blythe is one of seven Guardians: magicians powerful enough to cause worldwide panic with a snap of their fingers. But Blythe spends her days pouring latte art at her family’s coffee shop, so why should she care about having apocalyptic abilities?

She’s given a reason when magician anarchists crash into said coffee shop and kidnap her family.

Heartbroken but determined, Blythe knows she can’t save them alone. A war is brewing between two magician governments and tensions are too high. So, she packs up her family’s bright yellow Volkswagen, puts on a playlist, and embarks on a road trip across the United States to enlist the help of six strangers whose abilities are unparalleled—the other Guardians.

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adventurous 100%
funny 65%
emotional 51%
hopeful 41%
lighthearted 37%
inspiring 20%
tense 17%
mysterious 13%
challenging 3%
reflective 3%
relaxing 3%


fast 58%
medium 37%
slow 3%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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