#Review: A Magical Melody, by @CiaraBallintyne

The review you see below will be slightly different than what I’ve done in the past. It’s a review of a short story I read in an anthology.  This means, that while I’ll be reviewing the story, this is not a full review of the anthology and won’t be on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. I’ll only post full reviews on those sites as those are meant for the full books. When I finish the rest of the stories, a full review will be written up, as well. Hope this little glimpse into the anthology grabs your interest.


Title: A Magical Melody (a story from Spells: Ten Tales of Magic)
Author: Ciara Ballintyne
Rating: 4/5 stars

“In a world where magic is in the music, Avram must settle the score before it’s too late.” (partial description taken from Goodreads)


This was a good story and had a nice twist to it that I didn’t expect.

Being unfamiliar with Ballintyne’s writing, I decided to start reading this story from the Spells anthology. It turns out they even in the short form the author was able to give enough insight into this fantasy world to keep my interest. With the description mentioning that the magic of this world is in the music, I was intrigued.

What the reader gets is a story in which a great disaster  is set to occur due to a theft. But behind the simple premise are a few deeper elements that were made with well-developed characters (for it being a short story), just enough background story, good world-building, and a fun form of magic: singing/music.

As I mentioned, I didn’t expect the story’s outcome. This always raised my level of enjoyment overall in a story and makes me want to read more of Ballintyne’s work if she has more to release in the future. I also now want to see what the other authors of this collection have to offer.


Want to check out this story and more? The Spells: Ten Tales of Magic anthology can be found on:

Amazon | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo


About the Author:

Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.

She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.

She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.

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One response to “#Review: A Magical Melody, by @CiaraBallintyne

  1. Pingback: "Confronting the Demon" - An #IndieVengeanceDay 99¢ High Fantasy Read

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