Thrifty Thursday Review: Burned by Magic (The Baine Chronicles #1) by Jasmine Walt

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Burned by Magic Book Cover Burned by Magic
The Baine Chronicles #1
Jasmine Walt
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance - Steampunk
Dynamo Press
December 24, 2015


In the city of Solantha, mages rule absolute, with shifters considered second-class citizens and humans something in between. No one outside the mage families are allowed to have magic, and anyone born with it must agree to have it stripped from them to avoid execution.

Sunaya Baine, a shifter-mage hybrid, has managed to keep her unruly magic under wraps for the last twenty-four years. But while chasing down a shifter-hunting serial killer, she accidentally loses control of her magic in front of witnesses, drawing the attention of the dangerous and enigmatic Chief Mage.

Locked up in the Chief Mage’s castle and reduced to little more than a lab rat, Sunaya resists his attempts to analyze and control her at every turn. But she soon realizes that to regain her freedom and catch the killer, she must overcome her hatred of mages and win the most powerful mage in the city to her side.

*Important note for readers: This book is "new adult" fantasy, not "adult" fantasy. Therefore it contains mild violence, swearing, and sexual references more appropriate for someone who reads new adult novels than traditional fantasy. Despite this, the romance in this series is "slow burn", and there is no sex in this particular novel.



Thrifty Thursday is hosted by Books Of My Heart and the purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free at some point.
Kindle freebie on July 3, 2016.


Burned by Magic is book one in The Baine Chronicles by Jasmine Walt. It’s a decent start to the series.

This is my first taste of Jasmine Walt and I have to say this Urban Fantasy series captivated me. I ended up bing reading all the way to book seven in The Baine Chronicles series. It’s unique, magical, and entertaining.

Sunaya is our lead heroine who is a hybrid (mage/shifter). She’s kept her status hidden for years until an unfortunate event happens. I liked and didn’t like Sunaya. She’s got good and bad qualities and I’m hoping we see some character growth as the story continues. She’s rude and snarky in this installment. I’m all for strong willed heroines with flaws, but it needed to be toned down a notch here.

I was captivated from start to finish. The characters are unique and easy to fall in love with. We’re treated to an interesting world full of mages, shifters, and humans. We have groups against other groups, drug rings, mysteries and a handsome Mage who might be Sunaya’s only hope if she can curb her snark. 

Sunaya’s story is just beginning. I look forward to seeing what happens next with Sunaya and how she will grow and evolve.

Burned by Magic was a fun read. If you enjoy UF then this series might be for you. 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

6 comments on “Thrifty Thursday Review: Burned by Magic (The Baine Chronicles #1) by Jasmine Walt

  1. Yay for finding a binge-worthy freebie. Thanks for putting it on my radar.
    Sophia Rose recently posted…Danger in the Stars by Veronica ScottMy Profile

    • You are welcome. I was glad the series is in KU, so I could binge it. I had fun!

  2. Burned by Magic sounds like one I will like, thanks for sharing your review and have a spectacular day!

    • You are welcome!

  3. Oh, I’ve not heard of this series, but it sounds good. I like that you binged all the books and can’t wait to read your thoughts on book 2.
    Jen recently posted…Review: Archangel’s Resurrection by Nalini SinghMy Profile

    • The series only got better and better. It’s a fun Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. I very much enjoyed the books I read in The Baine Chronicles.