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  • Traitor of Villains, Book 1
  • By: Eva Chase
  • Narrated by: Jaime Lamchick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Crooked Magic

By: Eva Chase
Narrated by: Jaime Lamchick
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Summary

Hero. Traitor. It all depends on which side you’re watching from. 

When the vicious ruling mages launched a war against their heirs, they tore the magical community in two — and I walked out on my family to stand with their enemies. You could say I was championing compassion over tyranny, but really it was pure self-preservation. 

Two years after our victory, I’m tutoring a way-too-charming heir who’s totally off limits, dodging my parents’ vengeful spells, and trying to figure out where I’ll land after graduation. My once-prestigious ancestry isn’t doing me any favors. Most of my peers look at me with more suspicion than warmth. 

Then a mysterious, brooding man arrives on campus with news of a conspiracy that could destroy our newfound peace. To unravel it, I’ll have to reconnect with the dark side of our community. Disavow my few friends. Woo the mages who idolize my family. 

If I fail, they’ll probably kill me. 

By now, I know there are worse things than death. And this might be my one chance to prove I’m more than a traitor — to my allies and myself. 

But with the charming heir and the mysterious brooder along for the ride — two bad ideas I can barely resist — and a horror from my past rising from the ashes, I’m in way over my head. Will I win the day? Ha. The real question is, how much am I going to lose? 

Crooked Magic is the first in a new urban fantasy trilogy set in the Villain Academy world. Enter here for magical conspiracies, an outcast heroine, and a fraught romance where she'll get to keep both her suitors.

©2020 Eva Chase (P)2021 Eva Chase

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You will need book 2!

This Spin off series sucks you in just as well as the original!! There is action, mystery, horror, your favorite characters from the original series and a cliffhanger that leaves you needing book 2!

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Wonderful new series

This wonderful book is a clever spin off from the Royals of Villain Academy series, I love that there are a few mentions of the previous leading characters. It is great to see a different side Cressida and how she develops through the trials she finds herself facing. As ever with Eva Chase there is a brilliantly unexpected cliff hanger of an ending leaving you wanting more. The narration really compliments the book and brings the characters to life beautifully.

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I want more

I want more of this story. I can’t wait to listen to the next installments to see what is coming.
I really liked the focus on Cressida and how she is doing her best to protect Rory and her guys from the danger lurking.
I really enjoyed that her story with Noah started sexy and is filled with sexy times but I couldn’t help wanting for a little more. I wanted to see her more conflicted before trying it out with Emeric. And in terms of character diversity and characterization, I wanted to see more. I mean Emeric is totally new in both aspects and I like it a lot. I hope to see more characters like him.

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We return to Blood U to catch up with Cressida: the mean girl turned good a couple of years after the end of ROVA. This does make sense as a stand alone if you haven't read the series but the cameos by previous characters wouldn't be quite so satisfying and obviously you won't have all of the details of what happened up until this point.

Cressida's task is to appear to want to get back in her family's good graces in order to provide intelligence to the existing pentacle after helping them during a previous battle. As with most of Eva's stories there is a fabulous balance between action and evolution of characters driving the story forward, its sprinkled well with humour (cauliflower, anyone?) and the world building forms a wonderful backdrop. I look forward to hearing more of the series

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A story full of magic

I really loved this new spin off read. The story of self awareness and growth is amazing. Well written and leaves you wanting more! Narration was very well done, You meet Cressenda in another series. I can't wait to learn more because this ends in a cliffhanger. What will happen to Cressenda Who betrayed her. Can’t wait for book 2

Jamie Lamchick performance was fantastic . First time I heard her but she did the characters great

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Really enjoyed this first book

From not liking this character to routing for her has been well done. The book was over so quick as I was totally engrossed in the story.

looking forward to book 2

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