Genre(s): YA Fantasy, Mystery, Folklore
Age Level: Young Adult
Release Date: March 17, 2021
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
3.5 out of 5 stars
Fifteen-year-old Monte moves to the mystically jeopardized Highlands of Scotland and discovers that life as a Celtic wizard is anything but easy. Whisperings of abnormal enchantments and vicious cat siths grip the small town he now calls home. Fear is at the helm and the instigator is unknown. An indefinite moratorium on magic is enforced. In a race against darkness, Monte and his friends must choose who to trust before time runs out, even if it means breaking some rules and facing danger head on.
What a wild ride!
This book is a good mix of folklore, wizards, magic, and lots of intrigue all happening in the Scottish Highlands. It gave me major Harry Potter vibes with the flying broomsticks, wands, and Norms vs Mystics and I’m really not complaining.
The writing style of this was quite captivating. I was able to read without feeling like I was reading as the events in the book played out smoothly and the descriptions of the characters and the world were clear and vivid.
Character-wise, I enjoyed them all. There was quite a cast of characters, each with their own unique personalities. Cameron was probably one of my favourite characters because of how magical and mysterious she was – it took me a while to figure her out but she kept me engaged and excited whenever she popped up. I also really appreciated the Scottish accent that some of the characters had as it really brought out the setting even more, while also helping to show that they were from a different place than Monte.
Fairytales and elements of folklore like four-leaf clovers were explained as real in this book but hidden to Norms (people who don’t practice magic). It even made me pause for a second and think, “Wait, could they really be real but just covered up to Norms like me?”
Although I had predicted the ending quite early on, I still enjoyed the way it was conveyed and revealed. Overall, I think Ryder Hunte Clancy did a great job writing this story. If you’re a fan of adventure, solving a mystery, witty banter, and magic, this book will be a really fun read.
*Thank you to Ryder Hunte Clancy and Winter Goose Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Ryder has lived most of her life in the desert but her heart belongs to the sea; her happy place, where brine and mist abound and allusive waves caress expansive stretches of compacted sand. A tried and true stay-at-home mom, she’s often found scribbling notes between diaper changes or connecting plot points while everyone else sleeps. She survives off of toddler snacks, and has just as much trouble keeping up with her fictional, teenage characters as she does her three small children. Mystic Invisible is her debut novel, the inspiration of which was gleaned from her husband’s homeland of Scotland, where fantasy, mystery, and folklore are rich and hints of adventure linger around every corner.