The Forge of Creation by Carrie Channell
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Thien gets a letter on magic parchment from her brother Hakan that describes a discovery on his dig that he doesn’t want the Mages like their father to hideaway and invites Thien to come see. Thien goes to the dig site and no one is there, her father isn’t concerned but she organizes a dig and finds a natural spell surrounding a salamander that’s connected to the moon and barely survives the encounter but knows her brother was captured by it. Their father doesn’t seem concerned, but when Thien goes to rescue her brother he offers help if she will be come the family’s next mage instead of Hakan and she does. Using her father’s spell, in which he takes his son’s place, Thien saves Hakan.
The magic system is interesting but not fleshed out enough, but the societal background is the same. The best thing is the family drama, but this story could have been better.