Review for Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

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By: Shanna Swendson
Release Date: July 12th 2016
Publisher:  NLA Digital
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

My Rating:

Tea, Love … and Revolution!

The Rebel Mechanics aren’t the only group plotting revolution against the magical British Empire. There are rebel magisters, as well, and Verity Newton and her magister employer, Lord Henry, know that the only way for the revolution to succeed is if both groups work together. A diplomatic mission seems like the perfect opportunity for them to meet with rebels in other colonies and gather support—right under the governor’s nose.

From drawing rooms, ballrooms, and the harbor in Boston to the streets of Charleston, Verity and Henry find themselves up against stubborn factions of both magisters and Mechanics and increasingly aware that they can only really count on each other as their relationship deepens. It may take a real crisis to unite the rebel movements and rally them to the cause—but could such a crisis also tear them apart?

My Thoughts:
I absolutely adored Rebel Mechanics, book 1 of this series. It was so beautifully done and I fell head over heels in love with Lord Henry. I was so excited to read this next installment and see what Verity was up to.

This novel was very much in the same vein as the first book. The pacing was even and the characters stayed true to themselves. Once again I loved Verity and especially enjoyed her scenes (far too few for my taste though) with Henry. This time around we did get to know some of her charges- especially the eldest, Flora. I love that no one was exactly as they are face value. You never know who might be thinking of revolution.

In the last book Verity became aware that her Rebel Mechanics had deceived her to get her to be part of goals- I liked that Verity didn’t forget this fact. She still wasn’t trusting them 100% though she could understand the motivations behind their actions. In this novel Verity, in essence, becomes the bridge between her Mechanics and the Magisters that want things to change too. I loved how complicated things could be between these true groups and how pulled Verity was to both sides.

And, my favorite part, the relationship between Henry and Verity- we get a few amazing moments but I need mooooore. There are never enough pages between these two. They have the perfect chemistry and banter and I want oh so much more. There will be another book so I’m hoping they will have even more time together.


Final Thoughts:
Rebel Magisters was so much fun to read and was one of those books you can easily sink into and lose a few hours. I love how quickly paced this series is though you don’t lose any of the character depth and investment.



  1. says

    This sounds so good! I’ve never read Rebel Mechanics, so I went over to your review for that to check out as well, and yep, I have new books to add to my TBR! I really love the overall concept and time period. Great review!

  2. says

    I love the cover and title of this sequel! I’m so glad the story is continuing and that you enjoyed this one as well. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. says

    So glad you liked this sequel a lot sweetie 😀 But aw, I’m sorry it wasn’t a five star read :\ That sucks. But yay for still loving lots of it 🙂 I’m sad that I didn’t like book one, lol. So not reading this one :\ but I do think it looks interesting 🙂

  4. says

    I’m really glad this series is continuing even if it can’t be with the original publisher. I definitely need to save up to buy myself a copy of this one to see what Verity gets up to next. Thanks for the review.

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