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Review: Trancehack by Sonya Clark

Author:Sonya Clark
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Magic Born Book #1
ISBN:  1426896565
ISBN13: 9781426896569
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author

It’s 2065. Those born with magic abilities live in government-run zones, without rights or freedoms. Fear of magic created this segregated world and fear keeps it intact.

A high-profile murder brings Detective Nathan Perez to Magic Born Zone 13. He’s had little experience with the Magic Born and isn’t sure what to expect during his first encounter with a witch, but he never thought he’d be so drawn to her.

Trancehacker Calla Vesper uses magic to break into computers and aid the Magic Born underground. She has no interest in helping a cop, even if he is smoking-hot, but money’s tight and Nate offers a tidy amount for help navigating the Zone. Calla’s determined to keep it all business, but sparks start flying before the investigation even gets started.

When Calla’s trancehacking and Nathan’s investigation uncover a conspiracy, Calla becomes a target. Nate can protect her by keeping her role a secret—but then who will protect Nate?

I started out not too sure how I felt about the characters or the world that TRANCEHACK took place in only to end the book hoping that book 2 was close on the horizon. 

In the world that Sonya Clark has created the Magic Born are second class citizens and treated like dirt. They are forced to live in government-run zones with no rights or freedoms. They test babies and if they are found to be Magic Born their parents abandon them or they are taken away to be raised in these zones. TRANCEHACK follows the POVs of two characters. Calla Vesper is Magic Born and was given up as a baby. She makes money by selling her crafted jewelry and using her magic to break into computers. When she encounters Nathan she sees him as just another police officer that doesn't belong in her world and is just there to cause trouble. She wants nothing to do with him or his investigation. Detective Nathan Perez is investigating the death of a well-respected doctor. His investigation brings him to the zone and he admits not knowing anything about the magic born or what they can do. It's also clear from the start that he is different from the other normals with his treatment towards the magic born. When he sees Calla he stops at nothing to get her to help him in his investigation and refuses to stop pursuing her even though they're from different worlds. 

Although the relationship between Calla and Nathan is a big part of the book I felt the world itself was just SO fascinating and drove the story. Sonya did a great job with explaining details without drawing everything out. The world holds so much potential and I couldn't get enough of it. I have so many questions! Will Nathan and Calla continue to lead us through future books? Will the Magic Born stage and uprising? Will the family developments that came to light continue to develop? I will have to find out by reading Magic Born #2. 

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.