Book review | Accused – The KC Warlock Weekly | By M N Jolley

 

 

 

 

BBNYA 2021 Finalist Blog Tour | The WriteReads | Fantasy Thriller

Accused
My name is Levi. I’m a journalist, I’m autistic, I’m bad at magic, and I swear I didn’t kill her. Research for the paper usually falls into a few basic patterns. Someone in the city says there’s a troll under Buck O'Neil Bridge, or they’ll call just so a friendly ear will listen to them complain about a pixie infestation. That sort of content carries me through slow news weeks. It’s rare that I uncover a murder. Being framed for murder, though? That’s a first. With the Wizard’s Council hunting me for a crime I didn’t commit, I’ve got no choice but to solve the murder and clear my name. If I don’t unravel this case, nobody will, and I’ll go down for it so hard I might never see the light of day again.       (Goodreads)      

 

 

 

My thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrative and Plot

 

 

 

 

One of the striking parts of Accused is the narrative. You have the outcome and work your way backwards. The main character, Levi, is accused of murder and in order to prove his innocence he must figure out who the culprit is. Yet, somehow in this backward journey, there is mystery and intrigue.

The plot is tight with even pacing and the story was unpredictable till the very end. The magical society mixed with the regular world made the perfect set-up for the events to unfold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Levi is your struggling, easy to like, self-deprecating hero. His likeable personality makes the story even more interesting to follow. Ben makes a perfect Watson to Levi’s Sherlock. There were quite a few characters throughout and each of them made the appropriate impact.

The stakes were always high for Levi, and that keeps you on the edge of your seats. It is a complete hero’s journey from the beginning till the end. However, in the end, I expected a better payoff. The big reveal was ok, but it felt like a bit of a miss considering all that went down before that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

Overall, The KC Warlock Weekly’s first book – Accused is a solid mystery thriller with a touch of magic. It is a quick mystery thriller that you can cosy up to, especially, during the last half of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

I received a copy of the book for the BBNYA 2021. I was a part of the panel that read and scored this book for the same.
 The review is published in association with TheWriteReads blog tour for the BBNYA finalists 2021.


 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Ellie Rayner says:

    Great review Rejitha!!

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