3.5 Mesmerizing and magical, seeped in Welsh mythology and mystery, Deep Magic is a unique story that makes the prompt proud.It is, however, myth than romance By 70 percent, I was struggling to finish At nearly 6,000 locations, it s a hefty read I found the many side stories unnecessary and the plot too bogged down with secondary characters.I smiled at the Vegemite challenge, and I liked the morgen s sassiness My favorite moments were Olly s childhood memories his grandmother, his prince, endless hours spent telling stories, and ginger biscuits.The resolution with the king was confusing, the ending a little abrupt All frustrations are mine alone This is a well written, original story, and a nice addition to the event. This Is AMAZING A slow paced, enchanting tale of magic and adventure Gillian is the damn Pied Piper I d blindly follow her right off the cliff and into the deep any day. Slow, twisty story full of mystery, magic, and a warm feel of Wales This Welsh person was left very happy This story has a timeless quality stepping through myths, with a romance that ll form future fables It s slow moving but never drags, there s too much character and mystery for that It s hard to review because saying too much would spoil the magic, but for all the dreaming there is a measure of snark.It s set in Wales and being Welsh I took a deep breath before reading but was smiling almost immediately, it was the feel of a warm cwtch familar without overwhelming There s a smattering of Welsh all smoothly explained by the context and it was enough to feel right for me the language is dying out but the odd word phrase filters through And the attitudes were so spot on in places that it made me laugh The Morgen, the cunning women, the tales, the longing and everything this worked for me, I loved it Well okay except for the Vegemite Marmite That s YUCK Have you ever watched the movie Big Fish It s hard to tell where make believe ends and real life begins That s Oliver Evans dilemma As a child, he spun so many stories of Knights and Princes, witches and fantasy, that he can no longer remember what parts of his childhood are real and what are not When Oliver was nine he met a crying boy in a cave To cheer him up, he told him the story of how he was a Knight and the boy a Prince They d have many adventures in the following years, until at sixteen, they kissed The results of their new relationship would become and all or nothing circumstance which would cost them both dearly Now Oliver travels, never spending time in one place long enough to set roots He s overcome with the Longing, and travels, searching for something, and not knowing what When he returns to The Ll n Peninsula at the age of twenty three, after having been gone the past seven years, he discovers there s truth behind his fairytales, and that now, than ever, the Ll n is in need of a Knight And he ll discover that the magic is in believing, and that sometimes the unbelieveable can happen.What this story is, is incredible The author took an amazing prompt, and not only delivered, but created something vivid and magical It s steeped in superstition, folklore, and rich storytelling The atmosphere is so alive that I felt as if I was there, amongst the fog and cliffs I connected with the dialogue and story, and was hooked from the first page There wasn t a wasted moment in these 300 pages, and I savoured every one of them It s than a story about a love that endured, or the Knight rescuing his Prince It s a tale of Kings and water horses, the morgen of the deep, cunning women, and of a beautiful spot of land near the Irish Sea that has a history all it s own.Have I convinced you to read it yet You should, because it s as engaging as it is unique.My thanks to the author for their participation in the Love is an Open Road event. I really enjoyed submerging into this story of a young man trying to reclaim his past, of merfolk and mythology and a fairy tale feel in a modern setting There s a mystery, and plenty of adventure, and a slow human merman romance, with some fun quirks and a little angst Oliver was always one to make up stories, and as an adult, he returns to his childhood haunts on the Welsh coast unsure of what he made up, and what he really remembers His Nan is gone, having left him her solitary home, and he s a bit adrift in his life as he tries to decide what to do about her bequest A few cryptic warnings and inexplicable events, and that niggling sense of memories he can t quite touch, pull him forward into adventure And slowly, into love.A tale about the power of story telling, and the weight of responsibilities The author creates some beautiful, atmospheric descriptions, interwoven with the fantasy plot, a bit of humor, and a solid resolution. Awesome readLoved the characters, their story, and the world they lived in With an otherworldly feel, with touches of sweetness and humor, and with brilliant little details Sir Spikesalot D , this fascinating story captured and kept my interest through every layer, through every reveal.A few small niggles, mostly how young the adult MCs seemed at timesand I would have liked world building details like how the morgen age in the water, if they age differently out of the water Overall, though, this was a delightful, engaging tale and I would love to see it continued, maybe with Duhywynt and Myfanwy crosses fingers 4.5 stars.The ending seemed as tangled as Dewy s hair at one point, and was dealt with it the same way cut short But on the whole pure magic I loved it to pieces And yeah, Vegemite Rounding up to 5 just for that Oliver Evans Spent His Youth Spinning One Tall Tale After Another Until It Got Him Over His Head In Trouble Now He Has Returned To His Grandmother S Cottage In Aberdaron, Determined To Put His Past Behind Him And Settle Down But The Misty Ll N Peninsula Hides Dangerous Secrets And Olly Is Torn Between The Longing, A Powerful Force Driving Him Away From The Only Home He Has Ever Known, And The Growing Conviction That The Prince Of His Childhood Make Believe Is Real And In Need Of Olly S HelpThere Is Truth In Olly S Stories Than He Realises If He Is To Have Any Chance Of Righting Past Wrongs And Rescuing His Prince, Olly Must Navigate The Truth In His Old Stories And Discover The Magic Right In Front Of Him But Olly Has A Powerful Enemy On The Ll N, An Ancient King Who Would Like To End Olly S Story Telling Permanently 4.5 stars An excellent free m m fantasy novel set in north Wales Following the death of his grandmother, 23 year old Oliver Evans returns from Australia to his hometown of Aberdaron after a seven year break Ollie begins to recall the mysterious young boy that he befriended in the cave on the shore all those years ago Full of myth and magic, not to be missed Deep Magic is actually 3 books in one it starts as some kind of old fashioned gothic tale that turns fast into an adolescent adventure with caves and cliffs and treasure hunts and finding best friends in odd places one of those adventures I couldn t read enough in my youth and probably still can t get enough just on a different level to finally move into an urban fantasy with just so much romance that it doesn t disrupt its adventure character.I surely enjoyed it so much because I find it so easy to identify with Olly even at that time he broke his morgen s heart and I simply loved those retrospective scenes with his Nan can t tell you how much I loved those, Gillian, they really shine When I wrote the prompt I had no idea about the reason for the move to Australia or why Oliver doesn t remember if his memory is about a real or an imagined friend Here Gillian came up with a solution as simple and beautiful as it can be and do I have to tell that I left Deep Magic with the feeling that my one time vacation to Wales wasn t enough because obviously I missed places I have to see And of course as it is a youth adventure although for grown ups there s a lesson learnd you don t need spells or potions to be a witch, telling stories and make people believe might do that magic too and in that regard Gillian St Kevern is a witch.