Set in the world of the Gadda, a world that appears to be identical to ours with one important exception. It is the home of two races; the Gadda who have access to magic, and the humans. There is one paramount rule for all Gadda. They must keep their true identities secret from all humans. Some do this by living in the Irish town of Sclossin where most of the residents are Gadda. Others live and work among the humans just being careful to appear human. For the most part, both factions keep out of each others way but there are things happening in the background that will force them to work together.

When Maggie Shaunessy writes a story about magic, she is sent back home to her family in disgrace and required to conceal her magic. And that is when her life becomes interesting.

THE SECRET ONES is one of those books that grabs you from the very first. And the pacing of the tale is pure magic. Ms. Murphy has a very deft touch with interspersing tension with humor. There is never a dull moment in this book.

Ms. Murphy has done a wonderful job with the characters. They all just jump right off the pages and there is just a variety of them that everyone should find it easy to relate to at least one of them. I have to admit that I just fell in love with Maggie. A lot of strange things happen around her yet she keeps her equilibrium and works her way through everything. Her grandfather is another character that is easy to relate too. He has too much pride and power to ask for help even when he needs it.

My only disappointment with this book is that it ended. And luckily for me, the second book is out already.

Reviewed by Shay Williams
Posted July 3, 2011


Maggie Shaunessy is used to keeping secrets. She's a fabulous teacher but she's also gadda, part of a hidden, powerful race - and she had a habit of annoying the wrong people...

Until Lucas Valeroso met Maggie, he had no idea what awaited him: super-human powers, a smart and beautiful woman interested in more than unlocking his new abilities and, above all, a sense of belonging.

But dark ambition and dangerous bigotry are emerging in the gadda ranks. Lucas' new family might cast him out before he's even truly found his place. And Maggie must work with new allies to find and retrieve a missing artefact before the entire world is changed for all time.

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Secret Ones
(The Dream of Asarlai Trilogy: Book 1)
by Nicole R. Murphy

HarperVoyager Australia
July 1, 2010
Available: July 1, 2010
ISBN #0732291615
EAN #9780732291617
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