3.5 stars - Creative spin on elemental magic in a YA Fantasy book.
Many supernatural beings exist in the fantasy world created by author Kristin Ping; vampires, shifters, sentinels, and so on. This story focuses on witches, or magic Wielders, and their Benders. In a refreshing twist on the classic understanding of witches and witchcraft, Ping designed a ying-and-yang type relationship whereby Wielders have power over an element (earth, wind, fire, water, metal, etc), but not enough control to use it safely. Benders cannot generate their element from nothing (as Wielders can) but once their Wielder calls on their element, Benders control the flow and result of the magic.
Pair this new system of magic with your average high school drama, and you’ve got ‘Hinder.’ All around well-liked handsome jock, Ethan the Bender, has felt incomplete without his element, as his Wielder has been in hiding their whole lives. Shy and timid Alex the Wielder has been hunted since birth for her ability to wield Earth, and gets picked on relentlessly upon joining Ethan’s public school due to her magically altered appearance.
Earth Wielder and Earth Bender meet, attempt to fight their attraction to one another, train together, discover secrets from their parents’ youth, and try to make it to the end of the book alive. With some colorful language and sexual innuendo thrown in for fun.
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Recommended for YA fantasy readers. 'Hinder' will be available in May 2018.