Well fret not, because there are many awesome magic toting adventures out there to choose from. One of those is Storm Chase (The Spacetime Legacy) by K. M. Carroll.
Storm Chase tells the story of Carda Chase, a high school senior who has just discovered he has magic powers. After sending purple lightning bolts down his fingers and setting his English final ablaze with green fire, he learns that he's not just any breakthrough mage - he is the Strider of Chronos, a mage with two magical talents (Time and Space) instead of just one. He's a part of a long legacy of mages destined to... well, Carda isn't sure yet, but he hope it includes surviving! Ever since his powers started breaking through, Carda has faced one near death experience after another - and he hasn't even faced the worst of it yet.
Carda has allies though. His twin sister Michelle is a Gravity mage - almost as rare as Carda. He also allies with Indal, a Time mage, though Carda's first magical encounter with him splices him with a garwaf and turns Indal into a werewolf. He also befriends a Space mage Felician named Xironi, a girl who looks almost completely human, except for the cat ears and tail adorning her body.
Together the group must face evil mages, darkwinged angels, and a storm that can literally tear apart the fabric of time and space, threatening to wipe Earth off the universe's map.
As a character, Carda is fun loving, snarky, but not afraid to ask for help when he really needs it. He sticks up for his friends more than anything, despite his crazy home life and newfound powers.
What I really like about this book is that the characters feel genuine. They don't fall into standard categories and they aren't cardboard cutouts. They each have their own issues and their own ways of dealing with them. This is definitely a character driven book.
The book's pacing is a little slow at first, and some chapters feel a bit choppy. However, it's all worth it for the climax, which is surprising, powerful, and keeps you turning the pages all the way until the end.
WHY THIS BOOK IS UTTERLY AMAZING:
- Awesome, world bending magic (and wonderful descriptions to help visualize it)
- Strong, character driven plot.
- Amazing, on-the-edge-of-your-seat climax.
- Saving the world!
- Lifesize remote controlled cars.
So go out and buy it today! The second novel, Chronocrime, is also available for purchase, so go out there and take a look!