Review of ‘The Fascinators’

reading The Fascinators
The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
Quill Tree Books
Image Credit: Edelweiss

The Fascinators is a thoughtful novel, blending in fantasy and realism, bringing magic to a small town in Georgia. There is great-world-building, grounding the reader in this small town of Georgia.

Eliopulos did a remarkable job creating this world and grounding the reader into the world here. The Fascinators offers a wonderfully realistic interpretation of magic. In this small town, magic is everywhere, in everyone. It is a part of life, and some people are better at it than others while others simply ignore it.

It is a thoughtful way to blend magic and realism to make the story incredibly compelling. There is a cult named True Light hunting this group of friends. James got into some trouble during the summer, and this trouble involved a powerful spellbook. Moreover, now this spellbook has started to drive a wedge between them.

Character Dynamics

As much as this novel is about magic, it is mostly about first loves and friendship and the struggle to grow up, even if that means outgrowing your friends. Sam is the main protagonist, but the story does shift points of view to show the full scope of their friendship. Sam is dealing with his feelings for his best friend James while James struggles with his unstable home and Delia struggles with being forgotten, believing that power is the only thing she has.

It is a compelling exploration of friendship and growing up, and in the end, it was quite beautiful. It was great to see Sam move on from James and let himself grow into a different person than he was. He sees how his friendship with Delia and James has not always been the best for him, so he starts to let go of them. This is important because James is completely undeserving of Sam and his friendship at times, and the person Delia has become is also underserving. However, Delia’s shift would make an interesting sequel. Eliopulos has set up a great villainous origin story with her.

Final Thoughts

Overall, The Fascinators flows beautifully; it tackles identity, sexuality, and friendship, while also captivating readers with the use of magic and how it connects people.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date: May 12, 2020

Page count: 320pp

Age Range: 13 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-0628-8804-4

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

List Price: $18.99

The Fascinators


Writing Quality


Character Development


"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness


Intellectual Depth





  • Complex characcterization
  • Great blend of fantasy and realism


  • Character dynamics were a little rough.

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