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Throwing Shade by Deborah Wilde
Series: Magic after Midlife #1
on March 15, 2021
It’s official. Miriam Feldman is killing it in the midlife crisis department. She’s mastered boredom, aced invisibility, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in smiling and playing nice in her post-divorce life. But when a drink with a “good guy” goes sideways, Miriam snaps, and in a cold dark rage unleashes a rare and powerful shadow magic.
To make matters worse, her best friend goes missing and Miri is thrust into a world of hidden magic, vampires, and a legacy of hatred aimed directly at her. Hard to say which is more dangerous, this spiderweb of supernatural power plays, the grumpy French wolf shifter she’s teamed up with, or Miri herself, kicking butt and rediscovering the woman who got lost along the way.
But lines get blurred in the shadows, and if she’s not careful, she could lose everyone she loves. She’ll have to turn her invisibility into strength and pray they never see her coming.
Forty isn’t the new twenty. It’s better.
Throwing Shade is the first book in Magic After Midlife series, following a heroine in her forties that is figuring out that there is still life to be had in her mid-life. Miriam seems to have conquered being divorced and co-parenting but she is now going to add some magic into her life and that will shuffle things up good.
Miri seems like your everyday mom making things work for her and her kid. She goes to work and is in a book club for fun. But when her best friend goes missing and she is attacked, the magic she has been pushing down for decades comes snapping back and opens her eyes to the world around her. It also introduces her to Laurent, a grumpy French wolf who seems to have an interesting past and could be someone Miri might be able to form some kind of connection to.
The world in this is set in Vancouver Canada and most of the magic seems Hebrew mythos based. I don’t have a strong background in that so I’m not sure if it is following established lore or not. I did like that the Heroine is older and has a little more life experience under her belt and some other issues that come up with being in her forties.
Overall, the worldbuilding, characters and plot is good. I think there were some ways the dialogue and scene transitioning could have been made a little smoother. I was also disappointed we didn’t get more development on the romance front of the book, but since this the first book of the series I’m sure we will see some more fleshing out later in the series. I did find most of the characters interesting and would like to see where Miri’s magic and new place in the world go in the future.
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