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No Place for Magic: 09/03/17

No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker

No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker is the fourth of the Frog Princess series. Now that Emma is the new Green Witch and the curse has been lifted, she and Eadric wish to be married. To do so, means, getting the permission from his family. And that means traveling to Montevista.

Montevista, it turns out, is anti-magic. We're talking Salem witch trial levels of anti-magic. And Emma, the most important and powerful witch of her kingdom is marching into the middle of it. It's Baker's chance to do an homage to Bewitched.

Along the way Emma notices some hinky things about anti-magic Montevista. There are dragons attacking who seem to be tracked with magic. Emma by this time is on speaking terms with the local dragons so she's desperate to keep them out of trouble. They seem as confused by these attacks as she is.

Things are even hinkier when Eadric's younger brother is kidnapped by the Troll Queen. I don't recall Eadric having a younger brother in the previous books but he does now, a significantly younger one (just like his cinematic counterpart in The Princess and the Frog (2009).

There's so much potential for story here but the pacing is off. Parts are too slow and other parts are rushed.

Three stars

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