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When magic crashes through the Rift, Earth devolves into an apocalyptic nightmare. Survival becomes the only game in town, and college girl, Amy Carlton, learns she’s a more ruthless player than she ever imagined. Magistrate Istvan signed up for the Faerene Migration knowing that the price of Earth’s future would be paid for in hellfire and blood. But the black griffin ha When magic crashes through the Rift, Earth devolves into an apocalyptic nightmare. Survival becomes the only game in town, and college girl, Amy Carlton, learns she’s a more ruthless player than she ever imagined. Magistrate Istvan signed up for the Faerene Migration knowing that the price of Earth’s future would be paid for in hellfire and blood. But the black griffin hadn’t anticipated humans accessing magic. Now, a new and impossible bond must be forged between a Faerene invader and a human familiar. But first Istvan and Amy must survive to form the bond. *Note: “Faerene” refers to the many peoples of another world: the griffins, dragons, unicorns, werewolves, elves and ogres who've crossed to Earth. No prepper or survivalist could have been prepared for their arrival.


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When magic crashes through the Rift, Earth devolves into an apocalyptic nightmare. Survival becomes the only game in town, and college girl, Amy Carlton, learns she’s a more ruthless player than she ever imagined. Magistrate Istvan signed up for the Faerene Migration knowing that the price of Earth’s future would be paid for in hellfire and blood. But the black griffin ha When magic crashes through the Rift, Earth devolves into an apocalyptic nightmare. Survival becomes the only game in town, and college girl, Amy Carlton, learns she’s a more ruthless player than she ever imagined. Magistrate Istvan signed up for the Faerene Migration knowing that the price of Earth’s future would be paid for in hellfire and blood. But the black griffin hadn’t anticipated humans accessing magic. Now, a new and impossible bond must be forged between a Faerene invader and a human familiar. But first Istvan and Amy must survive to form the bond. *Note: “Faerene” refers to the many peoples of another world: the griffins, dragons, unicorns, werewolves, elves and ogres who've crossed to Earth. No prepper or survivalist could have been prepared for their arrival.

30 review for Stray Magic: A Dystopian Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Oh no I have to wait almost 2 months for book 2, tears. The wait is over book 2 is out and picks up where this book ends. Wow, get this book and start reading. Why... The reason for the return of Magic is sound. The destruction and rebuilding of society is compelling. And appeals to my inner survivalist, sim-civilization creator desires. Plus NO zombies. Love Amy and Rory and Istvan. And so many interesting secondary characters. Looking forward to the establishment of Istvan's magistr Oh no I have to wait almost 2 months for book 2, tears. The wait is over book 2 is out and picks up where this book ends. Wow, get this book and start reading. Why... The reason for the return of Magic is sound. The destruction and rebuilding of society is compelling. And appeals to my inner survivalist, sim-civilization creator desires. Plus NO zombies. Love Amy and Rory and Istvan. And so many interesting secondary characters. Looking forward to the establishment of Istvan's magistrate and all it involves. Off to buy the KU copy and then read this again. Already putting it in my favorite rereads collection. Stories like this is why Jenny's books are auto buys for me. cross posted amazon, goodreads, bookbub

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Nice novel It's a bleak future in many most ways but is a heady ride for the reader and it introduced magic to the planet. The creatures of magic are a broad lot and the difference in their outlooks towards humans gives a more complete feel to the individual Fae characters. The loss of technology and the megadeaths haven't fully registered with most survivors, it seems and the human ability to use magic comes as a surprise to all the species involved. The series looks very promisin Nice novel It's a bleak future in many most ways but is a heady ride for the reader and it introduced magic to the planet. The creatures of magic are a broad lot and the difference in their outlooks towards humans gives a more complete feel to the individual Fae characters. The loss of technology and the megadeaths haven't fully registered with most survivors, it seems and the human ability to use magic comes as a surprise to all the species involved. The series looks very promising and the writing is good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Selina Harvey

    Actually Original! This was a fast paced story full of well rounded and interesting individual characters. Add in a heroine who is only a bit kick butt but more empathetic, more of the heart and soul than black leather and swords. Lastly, a very unique apocalypse and there you have it... An actually unique story! Best author i've read since Anne Bishop and can't wait until the next book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shasha

    Fascinating The heroine is a learned, skilled individual that takes practical steps to survive. The time after the Fae apocalypse was dry but glossed over a lot of unpleasantness. The unity of the town was refreshing. The viewpoint of the Faerene was interesting and the trial traumatic. I'm looking forward to book 2!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gail Koger

    I loved the first half of the book. The second half, not so much. I will buy the next book in the series

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Calling MarySue! I got to 31% of this book before I had to stop. I hated just seeing it in my library. It was a bunch of small things that made me dread trying to read anymore. A few examples but far from all of the items I noticed: Pre-apocalypse she goes to a place to buy boots. Not a shoe store but a cobbler's. Goes to buy new bolts for her crossbow, not to a sporting goods store but to a blacksmith's shop. In a town of a few hundred people.

  7. 4 out of 5

    William Howe

    I have some issues There was very good writing here. But the world-building was flawed and detracted from the whole. A lot of focus was placed on the crossbow and then it essentially disappeared from the novel. This happened a lot: things were central and important and then they stopped being mentioned. I also take issue with the MC. She was very MarySue without being MarySue. Rich, distant parents who lavished her with money, yet she has none of the expected hang ups of entitlement I have some issues There was very good writing here. But the world-building was flawed and detracted from the whole. A lot of focus was placed on the crossbow and then it essentially disappeared from the novel. This happened a lot: things were central and important and then they stopped being mentioned. I also take issue with the MC. She was very MarySue without being MarySue. Rich, distant parents who lavished her with money, yet she has none of the expected hang ups of entitlement. Survivalist training? The character was too unbelievable. Not enough time was spent developing the ‘rift’ story and the Kvstm(?). No noticeable typos. A few instances of knowledge suddenly present that had no source. In the end, I fought to suspend disbelief. A good novel makes it easier.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Donegan

    Let's start with go ahead and read this book. There's enough interesting elements and the the book itself is fairly short. I see a lot of potential for this writer further down the line. She's got that ineffable spark that makes readers keep turning pages even when the thinking mind is less than enchanted. Sounds like a backhanded compliment, but that's not how I meant it. What is see is a writer who would benefit from a writer's group (or beta readers) and a substantive edit but who has the raw Let's start with go ahead and read this book. There's enough interesting elements and the the book itself is fairly short. I see a lot of potential for this writer further down the line. She's got that ineffable spark that makes readers keep turning pages even when the thinking mind is less than enchanted. Sounds like a backhanded compliment, but that's not how I meant it. What is see is a writer who would benefit from a writer's group (or beta readers) and a substantive edit but who has the raw magnetism to keep reading inspire of all of that. Plot wise, "Stray Magic" is all over the place. It meanders. It makes hard right and left changes. Stuff that should be important isn't until "oh wait here it is." The book feels like two almost three separate stories all crammed together. And often the way characters just gel together seems very plot convenient and not an earned moment. I know I just complained about too many different plots, but there is also not enough conflict. Like everything that should be hard to do just happens. Like friendships and camaraderie often doesn't feel earned. The trust our MC puts in many statements, especially when there's so much contrary evidence is unearned. Her trusting nature and her constant rehashing of whats both obvious and boring are her two greatest faults (first person narrative). That said, overall I like the characters. I don't mind the interactions though I wish there was more and that the moments felt more earned and meaningful. Again this book as the depth of a first draft where a second or third pass might have given more weight and strife. If you have Kindle Unlimited, this is an awesome series to read. You've already invested your money, so might as well. The full price for the ebook is $3.99. It's 153 pages so that's about $.02 a page. Also reasonable. At the time I'm writing this review books 1-3 are out. 4 will drop in a few days and the summary for 5 is already available. I respect Schwartz's long thinking plan. I've read 1-3 and will be reading 4. I don't know how I feel about having a sneak peak at the conclusions of 4 based on 5's summary.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dannielle Line

    Amy Carter, American college girl and go-getter is used to being on her own. Rather than giving her their time, her parents express their love with gifts. They pay for whatever Amy wants whether it’s learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, martial arts classes, or helping her work toward her dream profession of being a doctor. Growing up without that personal connections means Amy throws herself into everything, always looking for something to fill the empty space. Her natural aptitude Amy Carter, American college girl and go-getter is used to being on her own. Rather than giving her their time, her parents express their love with gifts. They pay for whatever Amy wants whether it’s learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, martial arts classes, or helping her work toward her dream profession of being a doctor. Growing up without that personal connections means Amy throws herself into everything, always looking for something to fill the empty space. Her natural aptitude for healing becomes precedent when a rift opens in the damaged ozone layer and magic arrives in the form of creatures Amy’s only read about in fairy tales. But they’re real, and if Earth is to survive the magical invasion, then Amy is prepared to do whatever it takes. She never imagined magic would run in her veins, or she’d be expected to act as a familiar for one of the faerene visitors, much less the hell she must endure to prove herself worthy of their bond. Stray Magic is the first in Ms Schwartz’ new Faerene Apocalypse series following the integration of Faerene beings on Earth after they appoint themselves guardians against a danger no human realised existed. The world building in the book is a necessity for setting the stage for the story to come, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angel Doheny, .

    Surprisingly interesting story I almost gave up on this book in the beginning of the story. I'm glad I didn't. If Amy (MC) hadn't grabbed my attention I would have returned this book when a dragon ate a nuclear power plant. Sound ridiculous? That's what I thought too. Keep going and accept the way magical creatures have overtaken the Earth. Once you get beyond that, Amy's story is an interesting tale of personal strength and survival. I'm looking forward to the second book to see what becomes Surprisingly interesting story I almost gave up on this book in the beginning of the story. I'm glad I didn't. If Amy (MC) hadn't grabbed my attention I would have returned this book when a dragon ate a nuclear power plant. Sound ridiculous? That's what I thought too. Keep going and accept the way magical creatures have overtaken the Earth. Once you get beyond that, Amy's story is an interesting tale of personal strength and survival. I'm looking forward to the second book to see what becomes of her. I like her ability to adjust to circumstances and her practical nature.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Family Pack I love how this author builds her worlds, Universe. There are just enough to create a balance story that runs smooth and natural. I am satisfied to continue reading to the end. Nothing is stilted and whiny. I've had far too many stories feel like the same thing and I lose interest. With the Fae entering as they did and as the only seeming enemy, they are set as the main antagonist who has destroyed mankind's greatest works without care for human life. As more information is made Family Pack I love how this author builds her worlds, Universe. There are just enough to create a balance story that runs smooth and natural. I am satisfied to continue reading to the end. Nothing is stilted and whiny. I've had far too many stories feel like the same thing and I lose interest. With the Fae entering as they did and as the only seeming enemy, they are set as the main antagonist who has destroyed mankind's greatest works without care for human life. As more information is made available and truths uncovered, who will become allies. A great beginning.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Goodman

    Interesting This mythos is very interesting. I usually see the different supernatural as shifters yet in this world the only shifters are the werewolves. All the other creatures are creatures-far from human/very distinct nonhuman. Very interesting. I love Amy. Even Istvan in his struggle to relate was a likeable character. It will be interesting to see how the characters develop.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dena

    Complications This girl has been through so much that I feel sorry for her. I mean she is abandoned most of her life by her parents. Then she walks up to strangers to ride out the apocalypse and begins to form relationships. However the fae people come in and decide they want a piece of this story too and invade it. From there we see from their own perception of what happen. This is a intense and complicated ride.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Misty Wheeler Walton

    Great new blend of preternatural and apocalypse. I loved this story, the premise behind fantastical beast bringing about the apocalypse. Some great characters and world building. The only reason I went with 4 stars instead of 5 was that the character building was a little weak. I wanted more dimension from them and more detail in the story. I’m excited to see if the next book has a little more depth.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda Brown

    Great start to a new series! Really liking Jenny Schwartz! Powerful story with terrific characterization. Imagine a tear to this dimension, followed by mystical beings let loose and destroying all modern amenities. No electricity or plastic. Of course, civilisation grinds to a halt. Until they find out humans have magic, too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Huh! I wasn’t sure what I thought when I read the synopsis, but now... I love it! It was really good!! I know the first book is pretty much introductions and explanations, I was able to keep up. Though, getting into physics did get me a little scared 😱 lol. Overall I think it was awesome!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    ben

    Good book This was a good book and a good twist on the genre, not much I didn't like in the book other than it being to short and sometimes it was hard to tell what perspective belonged to what character

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Wilcox

    Something different The apocalyptic world in stray magic was refreshingly from from other end of our world takes. I loved it. Amy is a likeable character and I look forward to more in this series. Highly recommended for an entertaining read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paperdolleze

    Curl up and relax with magic and hope I really enjoyed the first instalment of Faerene Apocalypse. If your looking for: an easy read, with a multiverse apocalyptic theme give this book a go. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shana Pare

    Great concept I really enjoyed Stray Magic. It flows nicely, has an unusual plot concept, and great characters. I look forward to Book 2. So far, I recommend this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    vena

    Dog-Damn, you did good! Loved the book. Will continue to the next. Saw no mistakes and it flowed wonderfully. I will also look into your other books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tristin Redmond

    Read this book! Honestly I didn’t think I was going to love this book as much as I did, like it yes, but get entranced as I did? Great story and love the characters and challenges!

  23. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    A very interesting book and enjoyable!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Malana Mcguire

    Great read I very much loved the story. It was very well thought out and we'll written. I especially liked all of the build up of the story. I was very invested in the characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Niels Baumgartner

    Excellent I liked it. It was an emotional and deep dive into an apocalypse setting, different than I had expected and with a female mc.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Fletcher

    Enjoyable An interesting twist on an apocalyptic tale. Though it is a fairly short story in length, it was interesting and enjoyable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    M0schp3r

    Surprisingly original - contains spoilers of the first few chapters Magic returns to the world, or not strictly returns it happens upon earth. This is not a unknown concept in fantasy, to get magic into the world it either re-emerges in a world-changing event or it was ever present and the "magic community" has a huge coming out. Here the author goes another path to reach this goal of an earth with magic and fairies, this part I found very interesting. The main character develops fast, but not to fast and not Surprisingly original - contains spoilers of the first few chapters Magic returns to the world, or not strictly returns it happens upon earth. This is not a unknown concept in fantasy, to get magic into the world it either re-emerges in a world-changing event or it was ever present and the "magic community" has a huge coming out. Here the author goes another path to reach this goal of an earth with magic and fairies, this part I found very interesting. The main character develops fast, but not to fast and not towards the early grave of an overpowered uber-being, even though she starts from a above-average background, suited for an apocalypse. But to be honest, not many fantasy books start with Joe Blow. She gets powerful, but by proxy. I found the ideas refreshing and having read the second and third part, the series also keeps this refreshing aspect to it. The book has some logic errors, but so do most novels in the fantasy/scifi genre, I did not find them overly disturbing here. Overall a solid read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marti Baird

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Schillinger

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dan Nickle

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