Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall

Hello, everybody! I’m Alex Whitehall, and I’m here today touring for my fantasy novel Magic Runs Deep, which is about one man’s search to find himself—and true freedom—after a long imprisonment, and the path to trust that he follows along the way.


About Magic Runs Deep

For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.


Elrid, the invading king’s brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.


However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.


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Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poor Veier, the bear shifter, who is chained up as a pet for the King, until things change and there’s a new ruler of the kingdom and who has a brother, Elrid, who wants to instil some trust into Veier and show him who he truly is; that he’s not the reactive and vicious novelty he’s used to playing. Elrid and Veier lock horns, alot, and there’s a battle for trust which but Elrid perseveres and shows Veier that he’s not the monster he’s purported to be. With some careful and coaxing and Elrid’s friendship and kindness, Veier begins to lower the walls he’s built up and recover from the trauma of his imprisonment, it’s a slow process with a fair few obstacles along the way―even the King isn’t convinced that Elrid is wasting his time with Veier―but things begin to change and bonds start to form and feelings slowly start to emerge.

This was such a beautiful story, sort of an adult fairy tale, but please don’t think that that means it was without substance, because it did, it had it in spades. I captured a feeling reading this book that I haven’t felt since being a child and first developed a love of reading. The story took me away to somewhere old and magical and I was completely enveloped in this strange land. What I got was wonderful tale of friendship and love in a magnificent setting. I hadn’t read this author before and it’s only the second shifter book I’ve picked up but I’ll definitely be looking at more of the author’s works in the future. I love the feeling this book gave me and I was utterly enchanted all the way through.

Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.

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About Alex Whitehall

If there are two types of people in the world, Alex Whitehall probably isn’t one of them, despite being a person. Their favorite pastimes include reading, horseback riding, sleeping, watching geek-tastic television, knitting, eating, and running. And wasting time on the internet. And spending glorious evenings laughing with friends.

While Alex prefers sleeping over doing anything else (except maybe eating), sometimes they emerge from the cave to be social and to hunt for food at the local market. They can be found blogging, reading, and tending after their aloe plants.

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To celebrate the release of Magic Runs Deep, Alex is giving away an ecopy of Second Skin! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 14, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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2 Thoughts to “Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall”

  1. Jennifer

    Thanks for the review!
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    1. Alex Whitehall

      Thanks for stopping by!

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