Elika is an orphan on her dying world of Terren. Elika is part of Bad Penny's gang of thieves and Eli stalks the Bridge to the Deadlands waiting to take the possessions of those who cross it. The bridge appeared from magic years ago when those who were magic left Terren. Now, mankind blames magic for the deadly blight that is destroying their world. Eli blames the bridge for her troubles and takes out her anger on it, only to discover that she is magic as well. With Eli's discovery the blight creeps closer and people begin to distrust everyone around them as magic. Eli must decide if she wants to use her magic to fight for the survival of her world or try to purge it from herself.
The Bridge to Magic is an excellent fantasy highlighting the choice between accepting a new life and leaving behind everything you know. I was immediately taken in by the amazing world building. I could easily imagine the complex web that made up the bridge into the Deadlands and well as a busy city surrounded by a neverending chasm. The characters were all fully developed and memorable. I loved Eli's dedication to her gang and her steadfastness in her decisions. Although, this steadfastness is also part of Eli's problem with moving on. I enjoyed Bill Fisher's character as well along with his stories. I really liked Eli's time with Igla and I wish Igla could have taught Eli more about her past and magic. The ending was fast paced as the blight quickened and Eli was forced to make a decision between what is left of her world and what is beyond the Bridge. Overall, a thrilling fantasy of hope, fate and magic. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.