REVIEW: Wonderstruck by Allie Therin (Magic in Manhattan 3)

The Official Description: Don’t miss the stunning conclusion to Allie Therin’s Magic in Manhattan series!

New York, 1925

Arthur Kenzie is on a mission: to destroy the powerful supernatural relic that threatens Manhattan—and all the nonmagical minds in the world. So far his search has been fruitless. All it has done is keep him from the man he loves. But he’ll do anything to keep Rory safe and free, even if that means leaving him behind.

Psychometric Rory Brodigan knows his uncontrolled magic is a liability, but he’s determined to gain power over it. He can take care of himself—and maybe even Arthur, too, if Arthur will let him. An auction at the Paris world’s fair offers the perfect opportunity to destroy the relic, if a group of power-hungry supernaturals don’t destroy Rory and Arthur first.

As the magical world converges on Paris, Arthur and Rory have to decide who they can trust. Guessing wrong could spell destruction for their bond—and for the world as they know it.

Magic in Manhattan

Book 1: Spellbound

Book 2: Starcrossed

Book 3: Wonderstruck

Just the facts: M/M romance, magic, intrigue, adventure! Full of action

An exciting conclusion to a great series! Wonderstruck is as quirky, intriguing and well-written as the rest of the series! Arthur and Rory Forever!

Kinzie Things


My thoughts bit: While I’m sad that this series is winding up… I have a feeling that Allie Therin is going to continue to write books that I’m going to love. “Wonderstruck” is a fantastic conclusion to the “Magic in Manhatten” series. Therin has managed to write a complex and interesting world and still wrap up all the zigs and zags in a satisfying conclusion!

Arthur and Rory are still fighting to rid the world of dangerous magical artifacts … and they’ve been doing it separately. Rory has yet to learn to completely control his magic and he’s stayed behind while the gang goes hunting for relics.

But, Rory’s life is changing. He no longer has the safety of the antiques store to fall back on and he’s still reluctant to accept any help from Arthur. Sure, Arthur has money but Rory is used to being independent and having to take care of himself. How can he rely on Arthur for a home or a job if it would make him dependent?

As our fave gang goes about trying to destroy a nasty magical pomander and find the magical siphon that creates relics –  it’s all about keeping Rory away from Baron Zeppler. A reluctant alliance is entered into with Gwen. But Gwen has tried to harm Rory and Arthur in the past… so can they trust her?

There’s a lot packed into this novel – and it’s great! Arther and Rory find themselves connected with a bond that is more important than ever before. Each man must face what it may mean to live in a world without the other or to live in a world where they rely on one another. The relationship between Arthur and Rory has remained steadfast and always a bit challenging…but it’s authentic and I love the feel of it.

The supporting characters in this series continue to be fascinating and well-developed. In particular, I love the soft-spoken Jade and the intriguing Pavel. And the villains! (or are they? I’ll never tell!) All the characters in these books are so well-crafted no matter how much or how little they appear in the story.

The story is perfectly paced! There’s always something important going on and it’s a pleasure to go along with these characters as they try to solve each challenge that is thrown at them. I’ve said before in my reviews that the characters in Therin’s writing have very realistic reactions to situations… they don’t get over-dramatic or fly off the handle. I love the way they interact with one another so authentically.

This series is perfect for people who have a love of magical stories, romance and adventure.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) violence, magical confinement against will, extreme storms, unconsciousness, vomiting, seasickness

Links: Goodreads // The Author // The Publisher

I received an ARC of Wonderstruck by Allie Therin from Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

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