Author: Lynette E. Creswell
Book: Sinners of Magic (Of Magic #1)
Published: June 2014
When the elf Amella and the wizard Bridgemear become lovers, the birth of their daughter sets events into motion. The Elders force the two to stay apart and banish their infant daughter to the Ordinary Realm (our world). Sixteen years later, Crystal proves to be no ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. She can sense things and feel when danger is near. She has saved a human boy from drowning at the hands of a demon named Abbadon by summoning a supernatural being.
Troubles have come to the Extraordinary Realm of elves and wizards. The elf king of the realm of Nine Winters sends a shape-changer to bring his granddaughter back to help deal with an evil king who will consort with the dark powers to conquer the Extraordinary Realm for himself. Crystal finds friends in the Extraordinary world but finds herself caught up in the power struggle before her friends can train her to use her magic. The evil King Forusian has kidnapped her, and if he can’t force her to his will through marriage, he will use darker means.
It is hard to pin Sinners of Magic into a particular genre of fantasy. The protagonist, Crystal, is a young woman living in our world. She can also fall into the category of a changeling. When the Elders banish her to the Ordinary World as an infant, the magical beings replace a dead infant with her before her mother realizes that she lost her baby.
The story is engaging, but while brave in her own way, Crystal ends up a stereotypical damsel in distress. That isn’t to say she doesn’t have any agency. She defies King Forusian. She insists on returning to King Forusian’s castle to rescue her friends. However, when the final crisis comes, she is reliant on others. Still, the story is quite enjoyable. I look forward to reading the sequel.