Death & Magic (The Barefoot Healer, volume I)

Death & Magic (The Barefoot Healer, volume I)

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Steven J Pemberton By StevenJPemberton Completed

A murder mystery set in a school for wizards. When apprentice wizard Adramal moves to a new school to complete her training, she discovers that several ritual murders have been committed by magic, threatening the fabric of the world. The evidence points to the killer being one of Adramal's teachers, and the City Watch recruit her to go undercover to unmask the murderer. Can she find what she needs before the killer strikes again or - worse - without blowing her cover and putting her own life in danger?

This book was one of four finalists in the May 2015 #Wattpad4 contest. The judges said, "I was pulled into the story from the start. It delivers what it says with a strong premise and threat-filled plot."

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  • fantasy
  • magic
  • murder
  • mystery
  • school
  • wattpadprize14
  • wizard
  • youngadult
mwgalligan mwgalligan Nov 01, 2015
You've probably heard this but, "We don't do miracles here. Only magic." is a great line! 
                              Enjoying this so far, looking forward to more.
AlexaGrave AlexaGrave Jun 06, 2015
I love the description of her father's chair shrugging her off. Nice.
Linna1029 Linna1029 May 06, 2015
Wonderful first chapter. We get a sense of a possible danger that could loom before our MC and we have a nice introduction to the world we're in. Awesome job!
SarahBensonBooks SarahBensonBooks May 06, 2015
I'm definitely intrigued by this story. I always appreciate a strong female protagonist and can just imagine what sort of adventures she will encounter at the Academy. Excellent chapter!
amberkbryant amberkbryant May 06, 2015
What a lovely beginning!  I'm so glad this contest brought it to my attention.  I find myself already cheering for your MC and I am looking forward to reading on!
BrittanieCharmintine BrittanieCharmintine May 06, 2015
Wonderful beginning to this story. So much going on to keep the reader wondering what will happen next.