- Carefully! Avoid direct confrontation with the magical author. They are likely to be more powerful with magic than the reviewer is and, even if not, most reviewers do not need a magical battle every time they comment on a book (even if they win said battles!).
- Spells are known to go off if even one word is uttered wrongly. The wise reviewer gets as much detail about the book before it is even sent to them. They ask in advance about spells the author is willing to share but which could prove dangerous in the wrong hands. They specifically ask how to avoid triggering the spells. Most charms are set by not only reciting them (usually out loud) but with a combination of specific actions and gestures too. If asked to test the spell out (as some reviewers are), all risks are subject to a health and safety assessment and then it is down to the reviewer to decide whether to go ahead or not. Do so and get it right, the rewards for a reviewer can be huge (money, spells of their choice whenever they want to activate them and so on). Get it wrong and death is usually the result. However it can be difficult to refuse the offer. The fairy government often wants its work reviewed (to send a clear message to the witches they cannot dominate the magical world).
- Be neutral. Always find something to praise. Most magical reviewers do this as a matter of course. Surprise, surprise, they get to live.
The life of a reviewer of magical books can be interesting, fun and short. So much depends on their skills with words both in terms of not upsetting the witch author (to name one example) and the ability not to unwittingly trigger a curse against themselves. So how would a magical book reviewer go about their task?
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.