Three Kinds of Lucky by Kim Harrison

March 5th, 2024 Kimberly Review 9 Comments

5th Mar

Three Kinds of Lucky by Kim Harrison is the first audiobook in the Shadow Age fantasy series. Narrated by Marguerite Gavin, Harrison introduces us to Petra Grady, a sweeper in a magic filled world where spellwork creates waste. Fabulous world-building and an unthinkable accident made this an exciting start to this new series.

Three Kinds of Lucky by Kim Harrison
Three Kinds of Lucky
by Kim Harrison
Series: The Shadow Age #1
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 15 hours and 38 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Luck is its own kind of magic, in this first book in an electrifying new contemporary fantasy series from the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows novels.

Petra Grady has known since adolescence that she has no talent for magic—and that’s never going to change. But as a sweeper first-class, she’s parlayed her rare ability to handle dross—the damaging, magical waste generated by her more talented kin’s spellwork—into a decent life working at the mages’ university.

Except Grady’s relatively predictable life is about to be upended. When the oblivious, sexy, and oh-so-out-of-reach Benedict Strom needs someone with her abilities for a research project studying dross and how to render it harmless, she’s stuck working on his team—whether she wants to or not.

Only Benedict doesn’t understand the characteristics of dross like Grady does. After an unthinkable accident, she and Benedict are forced to go on the run to seek out the one person who might be able to help: an outcast exiled ten years ago for the crime of using dross to cast spells. Now Grady must decide whether to stick with the magical status quo or embrace her own hidden talents . . . and risk shattering their entire world.

magical snarky SUSPENSE urban well written

Harrison drops us into this alternate world alongside sweeper, Petra Grady as she is dealing with magical waste known as dross. It was a strange altercation, leaving her with damaged equipment and unease.

Petra is unwillingly assigned to work with childhood crush Benedict Strom, on his dross research project at the Mage University where she works. She thinks the project is dangerous and her unanswered attraction annoys the heck out of her. I liked the tension and unresolved issues between them.

When an unimaginable event occurs, Petra and Benedict go into hiding as they search for an outcast that Petra believes got her father killed, but might just be able to save them all. Betrayal, fringe magic users, dross and untapped abilities quickly pulled me into the world.

A heroine with untapped potential, a world of magic users and cleaners. Yep, this was a fun set up and opening to the series. Some areas dragged a little, but we had some terrific battle scenes, twists and surprises that set the series up perfectly.

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Marguerite Gavin narrates giving us the voice of Petra and enhances the overall story for me. I highly recommend listening.

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About Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or on the links.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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9 Responses to “Three Kinds of Lucky by Kim Harrison”

  1. ailyn koay

    like… are dross remnants of magic like a pixie dust or the by product of errors like whoops i blew open a portal?