Mundane Bergamot is just a simple Kitchen Witch from Whistlestoppe Village who thinks that there is more to life than gardening and cooking up spells with her Aunt Dovie. While traveling to Bettelburghal she meets Javen, a mysterious Book Mage from Nettlespire, who gifts to her a most unusual magic book which triggers a visit from two very extraordinary adventurers. She learns from her newfound friends that they need her help to save them and their kind from a terrible fate. Through Javen’s gift, clues begin to reveal themselves that sets them on their quest.
But the evil King Vezzen of New Taleggia has plans of his own for the elusive creatures that inhabit the mountains beyond Dovewood Forest. Where previous kings have failed, King Vezzen is determined to succeed and impatient for a new war that could elevate his name above all others. Now Mundane must see if she has what it takes to out-smart the wicked king, save her friends from the brink of extinction, and quite possibly lift the curse that binds them all to Dovewood Island.
I loved this book. Mundane is a simple Kitchen Witch, except she isn't. She loves to travel and her Aunt Dovie dotes on her. While traveling, she meets a Book Mage, Javen and her adventure begins. She meets up with two of the people she is to save and they take her journey with her. While she takes her own path, leaving the life she knew behind, she is racing against time to complete her mission. There are those on both sides ready for a war and she has to hurry if she is going to save anyone.
I adore Munane. She is faced with this huge task and while she isn't ready for it, she jumps in with both feet. She is fierce and loyal. Javen quickly became a favorite character as well! He is quite mysterious and cunning. Dovie is wonderful as are several of the inhabitants of Dovewood Island. I was so excited with some of the twists, and distraught by others. The prince and king both have me wondering what their next move will be and who they will each use next. I cannot believe the ending and am impatiently waiting for the next book to come out!
This is a 5/5 for me. I absolutely can't wait to see what is going to happen to these characters in the next book.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.