Book Review – A Purpose That Restores Us by Michele Notaro

The Magi Accounts #3
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 399
Characters: Madeo/Cosmo
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series

Dark witches here, bloody witches there, evil witches everywhere.

At home, my life is amazing, thanks to my boyfriend, Cosmo Ono-Nai, and his wonderful family that I’ve become a part of. I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life.

But work is a different story.

All anyone’s talking about is the Red Cloth this, the Red Cloth that. I can’t escape them, and all I really want is to find someplace the witches can’t reach, take my family—my pride—there, and hide them away from the world.

But I can’t. I’ll do everything in my power to protect them, and everyone else, from the building threat. There’s this dread building in my chest about what’s to come, and I have a feeling the Red Cloth is planning something big. I only wish I knew what so I could keep Cos, Jude, and the rest of our family safe.

A Purpose That Restores Us is a 119K novel and the third book in the MM urban fantasy series, The Magi Accounts. It’s recommended to read the series in order because it has an ongoing storyline, but there is NO cliffhanger.

*Intended for adults only. Please read the trigger warnings at the beginning of this novel.

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I love this series and am hanging out for more. I particularly love how their found family is growing, and relationships are getting closer. The tension in the ongoing plot kept me turning pages, especially the last few chapters as the identity of the person working with the witches is revealed.

Cos is wonderful, and I love how he goes out of his way to make sure everyone in the pride is looked after and feels safe. He has so much compassion and protective of everyone he cares about. I love how his and Mads’ relationship deepens in this story, and also his relationship with Jude, who is an important part of Mads’ life. I like how he and Jude are working together to try to make a real difference for Magi. Mads has grown so much through this series. I like how he’s feeling safe within the pride and with Cos, and takes the next step in their relationship. Mads goes through hell in this story, and I love the part Cos plays in that, and the added bonuses of their bond.

I’m hanging out for Jude to get his own HEA, and love how that part of the story is progressing. Can’t wait to read his books. Like, Mads, he’s finally starting to feel safe and loved.

The supporting cast rocks. The pride is family and their love and support for each other is an integral part of the story. I like the addition of Ash, and how Harriet is becoming closer too. I hope we see more of Wren and they eventually join the pride. Logan has come into himself as a talented magi, and I love that it’s him to makes a huge difference when it’s looking like one of their own won’t survive. Harriet totally rocks.

The witches are a very real and dangerous threat, and growing more so. I like the way the tension is ramping up and it’s obvious they have a nasty end game. The huge battle was exciting and action packed, and I liked that it had very real consequences.

I loved the revelation in the epilogue and the implication for their future.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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