The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson
There was no warning the day magic died in Talhaven. It happened with a giant explosion and the arrival of a skyship full of children, all with magic running through their veins and no memory of home.
Rook and Drift are two of those children, and ever since that day, they’ve been on the run, magical refugees in a world that doesn’t trust magic. Because magic doesn’t die right away–it decays, twists, and poisons all that it touches. And now it’s beginning to poison people.
Try as they might, Rook and Drift can’t remember anything about their lives before Talhaven. But it’s beginning to look like they’re the only ones who can save their adopted world . . . if that world doesn’t destroy them first.
Rook and Drift survive by selling use of their magical services. However, most people condemn anything magical as it has begun to kill their world. When a job goes wrong, Rook and Drift find themselves outside of the city and in dangerous land where magic is chaotic. And the friends have to find a way to stop a magical explosion from destroying their new world.
The Door to the Lost is a standalone middle reader fantasy. There is a fascinating backstory with a big mystery that is finally revealed at the end. There is plenty of danger, suspense, and drama. And the characters are engaging as well. This is an exciting fantasy story with individuals who have unique abilities. It’s unpredictable and well-paced. I hope to read more novels set in this captivating world.