Review: Clandestine Magic Trilogy by Colleen Cowley

I was able to read these back to back. Guys, I just BINGED a whole series. I am so pumped. The fact that my Kindle Unlimited sub ends the end of next month, doesn’t really have anything to do with it! haha.


Subversive (Clandestine Magic, #1)

I saw this pop up on a few blogs over the last couple of weeks. Luckily, I was looking for KU books to read before my subscription ends at the end of February! I decided to add this to the list since the whole trilogy was on there. I am so glad I did!

This book is about feminist witches. Well.. for the most part, it’s about feminists that want equality and try to take down the wizards. Turns out there’s a lot more to things than they know! I loved Beatrix! She doesn’t take crap from anyone and does as she pleases. She committed to putting her life on hold to make a better one for her younger sister. She was left with nothing when her parents died and she works to put Lydia through college.

There’s a lot of politics in this book. There’s a lot more political intrigue than magic for most of it. I think that it’s relevant to today.. Men in power are dictating how women should live their lives… just saying. ANYWAYS, I enjoyed the plot and the romance that is unfolding. Some pretty crazy things come to light at the end and I cannot wait to jump into book two!


Radical (Clandestine Magic, #2)

I enjoyed this one. There was so much more at stake and a lot more action in this one. This book is heavily based on the vows that were taken and the ramifications of those. There’s several going on between Peter and Beatrix but also the other ladies. They are always questioning whether they feel or do something because they want to or because of the vows. I was hoping that we would get more explanations about the vows in this book and we do.

I loved the fact that Beatrix becomes her own in this book. She’s learning that she has power and starts practicing it. Not only that, she’s totally and completely driven to save her sister. It’s her only goal and it makes it even more intense. She’s constantly putting her life in danger for Lydia.

It was so good to see Peter come into his own too. He starts to care about the town and the people in it. He is slowly coming out of his shell and it’s so great to see. This town turned their backs on him but he doesn’t put that against anyone. He doesn’t come back with a vendetta or for revenge and I appreciate that.

This was a great follow-up to Subversive. It’s hard to put down and the flow is great that it makes it seem like you are turning pages quickly. The fact that Cowley can have such a heavy political book, but still make characters and their relationships shine, is a great accomplishment!


Revolutionary (Clandestine Magic Book 3)

We start this book with a lot of chaos. Beatrix is trying to figure out how to get bye with no job and no money. There’s also looming hospital bills and Peter is not able to help with that (trying not to spoil anything). I did enjoy my time with this series. This book was the one that took the longest for me. I think the flow was a bit slower paced and there’s not a lot of action going on. We get towards the end and everything seems to happen at once.

There’s a lot of media intrigue about the couple and it’s a majority of the book. Some of the issues from the previous book are put on the back burner and we are more focused on the relationship between Peter and Beatrix in this one.

I am so glad that we get to see them explore their romance and see how they feel about each other. They do have such an unshakable bond and I’m here for it. I love that he’s so open about letting her have her own voice and exploring what she wants to do. As a woman, I’m loving that aspect.

I love a lot of the supporting characters in this book. I was a little upset about what ended up happening to one of them. It was so crazy and unfortunate. I know that she was a bit unhinged but it wasn’t her fault and ends up in a bag situation.

I think it took about 65% of the book for it to start to pick up. We start looking into things that happened in book two and where certain people are. I wanted to delve into the fact that in the last book women were learning to use magic. I know they were forced to stop but I wanted MORE of that. It was such an interesting part of the story and it was very minor in this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. If you want to read about a slow burn romance, magic, and feminism, this is the book for you! I was happy with the ending and how things played out. I am interested to see what Colleen Cowley does from here! Here’s a little tip: These are available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE!! Give it a go. 🙂


4 thoughts on “Review: Clandestine Magic Trilogy by Colleen Cowley

  1. I completely loved this series too!! I think I loved Subversive the best just because I really liked the slow burn. I thought it was so unfortunate about what happened to the character at the end too! She did become unhinged but it all made sense and I just wished things could have been put right again. So unfair! I’m glad you enjoyed this series as well. I’m looking forward to more by Colleen Cowley and hope more people read this series.

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    • Yes, Subversive was the best. I thought it was such a great series though. I mean.. I’m all about feminism, magic, and romance! haha. Oh yeah, I was really bummed about that. It should have been set right, I was so hoping. I agree, I hope we see more people reading this series! Can’t wait for what she does next.

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