The Order by A.C. Donaubauer was is an excellent start to a new series. Eryn and Enric are the two main focal points of the book.
Eryn is a girl who was raised by her father and hiding a secret. When her father dies, she vows to never again using her healing to bring harm. Content to live the remainder of her days in a small village, her life changes when her secret is found. Not only is she arrested, but she is later sent to the capital, and there revealed as a magician, the first female magician in 300 years in fact. Of course, the King and the Order have no thought in letting her go, especially when it’s discovered that her strength is behind only two others.
Enric meanwhile is the bad boy gone good. A constant underachiever, his whole life changes when he proves himself as the second strongest magician in the kingdom, from then on his life of solitude is gone. All his former friends drift away, and he begins to cultivate an air of power and indifference to everything but his job. He has no crack in his armor until he meets Eryn and then the game changes.
The Order is a fantasy world where politics, mystery, and intrigue reign supreme. Magic is completely normal, but somehow only aggressive magical arts are expected, at least until Eryn forces the order to question that. I did enjoy this book, at times I found the relationship between Eryn and Enric annoying. After all, he seemed to have no respect for her boundaries. Yet in other ways he was endearing. For great character depth, an addicting story, and a not so horrible cliffhanger, I am giving this book 5/5 stars. I look forward to reading the next book!
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.