‘Story Magic’ by Laurel Gale/Mini Review

Story Magic by Laurel Gale
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

Genre: Middle Grade/Fantasy
Acquired through NetGalley
Release Date: August 4, 2020

My Thoughts

**I received ‘Story Magic’ through NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press, in exchange for an honest review**

‘Story Magic’ is a tale that proposes what could happen when superstition takes the place of reason. Story Magic is not permitted for women to use, but that doesn’t stop 12 year old Kaya in using it to search for her brother. Along the way she confronts scenes of cruelty and compassion as she learns the deeper meaning of where Story Magic originated.

I found this book to be quite entertaining. The book was written in Kaya’s perspective, and she’s exposed to many revelations on her quest. For someone whose entire life consisted of her older brother and his input, this introduction to the outside world can be quite surprising!

‘Story Magic’ kept me reading from beginning to end. It was a fun fantasy tale!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.


A feminist-tinged middle grade fantasy about finding your voice and the magical power that exist in storytelling.

Girls are forbidden to practice story magic. Only bad things happen when they do. Everyone knows this, but that doesn’t stop twelve-year-old Kaya A’Dor from learning the basics from her older brother Hob. The trick is to sense a listener, one of the magical beings that inhabit the world, and tell it a story. If the listener is pleased and likes the story, it will allow the storyteller to work magic.

Although Kaya knows the risks, she attempts a little story magic to impress Hob. When Hob is taken prisoner in Prima, the faraway capital city, Kaya is convinced it’s her fault, either because someone discovered what she was doing or because the bad luck has found her.

Desperate to save her brother, Kaya will do anything to make it to Prima, including story magic. With each story she tells her ability to wield story magic grows and she soon begins to wonder if her brother’s imprisonment was really her fault or something else entirely. Each story brings her one step closer to finding Hob and leaving everything she’s ever known behind.

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