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“Fun” for all the family... Ves hasn’t heard from her mother in six years — until now. With nothing but a peremptory summons and some map co-ordinates to work with, Ves has no idea what to expect. The short answer is: trouble, for Mother Dearest is in rather a lot of it. And like daughter, like mother, for there’s a shiny artefact in the offing, and only a few gigantic li “Fun” for all the family... Ves hasn’t heard from her mother in six years — until now. With nothing but a peremptory summons and some map co-ordinates to work with, Ves has no idea what to expect. The short answer is: trouble, for Mother Dearest is in rather a lot of it. And like daughter, like mother, for there’s a shiny artefact in the offing, and only a few gigantic lindworms in the way. Who isn’t up for a minor little challenge like that? It’s off to Faerie for Ves and Jay, for the artefact in question was once the property of the legendary King Evelaern. And as it turns out, the declining and dusty kingdom of the Yllanfalen may hold some unexpected truths about her past... Meet Ves's family in this sixth installment of the popular contemporary fantasy web serial, Modern Magick.


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“Fun” for all the family... Ves hasn’t heard from her mother in six years — until now. With nothing but a peremptory summons and some map co-ordinates to work with, Ves has no idea what to expect. The short answer is: trouble, for Mother Dearest is in rather a lot of it. And like daughter, like mother, for there’s a shiny artefact in the offing, and only a few gigantic li “Fun” for all the family... Ves hasn’t heard from her mother in six years — until now. With nothing but a peremptory summons and some map co-ordinates to work with, Ves has no idea what to expect. The short answer is: trouble, for Mother Dearest is in rather a lot of it. And like daughter, like mother, for there’s a shiny artefact in the offing, and only a few gigantic lindworms in the way. Who isn’t up for a minor little challenge like that? It’s off to Faerie for Ves and Jay, for the artefact in question was once the property of the legendary King Evelaern. And as it turns out, the declining and dusty kingdom of the Yllanfalen may hold some unexpected truths about her past... Meet Ves's family in this sixth installment of the popular contemporary fantasy web serial, Modern Magick.

30 review for Music and Misadventure

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Baird

    Ves is back for more mayhem and this time her mother is along for the ride… After six years of silence a message arrives for Ves from her mother Delia Vesper, and with Milday’s leave she sets out with partner Jay to find out what all this is about. As it turns out her mother is in a little trouble.. Lindworms..like Dragons..and dangerous..but that’s just the start of it. After coming to her mother’s aid Ves and co start exploring..and they soon find a portal…but where does it lead? What happens next Ves is back for more mayhem and this time her mother is along for the ride… After six years of silence a message arrives for Ves from her mother Delia Vesper, and with Milday’s leave she sets out with partner Jay to find out what all this is about. As it turns out her mother is in a little trouble.. Lindworms..like Dragons..and dangerous..but that’s just the start of it. After coming to her mother’s aid Ves and co start exploring..and they soon find a portal…but where does it lead? What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure as the team are whisked off to other lands with legendary artefacts & sprites and oh and we meet….:) Hey..i’m not going to spoil it all but this book in the series delves further into the main plot of magic decline and its origins but also Ves’s own family and their connection to magic itself. What I’m really enjoying about this series is how each book has its own focus but you can see the bigger picture starting to form..even though I have no idea where the author is going to go next..the authors imagination means anything is possible! This is a fun series that is developing well. The book/chapter length is short so this means it’s an easy series to get into and enjoy. I was left with more questions than answers.. in a good way.. there’s so many ways for this story to continue and I can’t wait to read more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa Gosling

    Another twist in these tales and another step closer, maybe, to restoring magick.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Not bad, and it certainly had some fun moments, but overall I felt a bit closer to Meh this time. Ves's unmet-til-now mother plays a large part, and we learn that she's a venturesome archaeologist who hasn't always been the most attentive mother, including (as mentioned in the blurb) their not having spoken in six years. Now she shows up with some awkward surprises and expectations. Mamma mia! The new location is interesting in the ways that it both follows fairyland lore, and breaks it. For inst Not bad, and it certainly had some fun moments, but overall I felt a bit closer to Meh this time. Ves's unmet-til-now mother plays a large part, and we learn that she's a venturesome archaeologist who hasn't always been the most attentive mother, including (as mentioned in the blurb) their not having spoken in six years. Now she shows up with some awkward surprises and expectations. Mamma mia! The new location is interesting in the ways that it both follows fairyland lore, and breaks it. For instance, the Yllanfalen (the local faerie inhabitants) have been living without a ruler, nor in the royal castle/fort, for several decades. It's hard to discuss some of the other elements I'd like to w/o getting very spoiler-y, but I will state that another important new character was annoyingly irresolute. Ves's attraction to ancient artifacts (and in some cases, apparently, theirs to her) is still unexplained, though to snidely call it convenient would be inaccurate, since at times it's quite inconvenient or dangerous. And Jay seems to be cryptically unforthcoming about his surprisingly accomplished family; what's up with that? (N.b., I ought to figure out a way to reword that sentence: none of Jay's family appears in person in M&M; it's just that we glean a few more intriguing tidbits.) My biggest negative with this volume of the story, though, is that it ends not with a bang but with nearly a whimper. Ves and Jay wait around at Home to be given another assignment, and though when they finally are, Milady's choice of who should be added to their team is surprising, that's the end: just "Let's go talk to ____ about where to start." I guess when you're writing a continuing serial like this one, it can be difficult to choose the best stopping spot, and previous volumes have also ended with the revelation of where they'll be heading next, but this just felt more like it didn't have enough climactic excitement to carry through the protracted denouement. Hanging around waiting wouldn't have been a particularly effective way to grip readers at the start of the next installment, either, but ... Proofreading was pretty good. I caught only 3 errors: ● "diffuse" (like vapor) where it s/b "defuse" (an explosive); ● "to shroud Jay and I" (*winces* Just take out "Jay and", Ms. English, and it becomes obvious that "I" should be "me"! This isn't your first such object-pronoun goof); and ● one period that should be a question mark. Despite my criticisms, I marked M&M "I liked it" on the Goodreads scale, because I did. I enjoy the characters, their interplay and adventures, the world, etc., and I look forward to continuing. I'm simply a reader who's unlikely to ever give a serial five stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    We meet Ves' mum and boy is she a character. Not super sure how I feel about her, but this instalment was a trip. (view spoiler)[We also meet her dad, which was also pretty gnarly under the circumstances. I mean, he's the King of the Fairies, essentially. But the surprises keep coming... because they found the lyre and now her mum is King of the Fairies. What! See? What did I tell you, a total trip. (hide spoiler)] We meet Ves' mum and boy is she a character. Not super sure how I feel about her, but this instalment was a trip. (view spoiler)[We also meet her dad, which was also pretty gnarly under the circumstances. I mean, he's the King of the Fairies, essentially. But the surprises keep coming... because they found the lyre and now her mum is King of the Fairies. What! See? What did I tell you, a total trip. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Boneist

    Ves, her mother, Fairyland, a magic lyre and a quest of sorts. 👍

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven Tryon

    The marvelous Magickal saga continues. I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Charlotte spins a fine yarn. I want to know What Happens Next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teddi

    This series isn't perfect but has become my favourite new to me series of the year This series isn't perfect but has become my favourite new to me series of the year

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I am still getting annoyed by the prose and phrasing of the book but I love the characters and the way it's progressing so I will stick with it. I am still getting annoyed by the prose and phrasing of the book but I love the characters and the way it's progressing so I will stick with it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie Oaks

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  11. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stella

  13. 4 out of 5

    victor norman

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine Stsyr griffin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helen Darlaston

  17. 4 out of 5

    Janika

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ana Pousa

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  21. 5 out of 5

    margaret d. hunter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lorna L. Horishny

  23. 4 out of 5

    Toni

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mrs S J Wood

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Arment

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Finn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julie-Ann Amos

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Millar

  29. 4 out of 5

    Herb Miller

  30. 5 out of 5

    Samanda Smith

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