YA fantasy murder mystery

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Thank you Penguin Teen for the gifted ARC book.

When Sorcerer Solomon is murdered, his apprentice, Tabatha, and son, Callum, team up to identify the killer in order to clear their names. The task is extra challenging due to the suspect list being full of rich magical members of the sorcerer’s family. Tabatha also isn’t sure she can trust Callum.

Although I found the premise intriguing, THESE DEADLY PROPHECIES was a YA fantasy murder mystery that unfortunately fell flat for me overall. I had a hard time staying engaged as the plot felt pretty predictable and the pacing quite slow. The fantasy aspects of the sorcerer’s apprentice and the magic were fun concepts, but it didn’t seem like there was enough of that included, at least not as much as I’d have liked. It felt more like this was a murder mystery with a touch of fantasy. The ending was also a bit cheesy. I think this book will be enjoyed by the right audience – that just wasn’t me.