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Title: Blood of Salar (Masters and Mages #2)
Author: Alexis Duran
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Genre/Sub-Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
M’lan, headmaster of the order of Ka’alar and Jamil Jarka, king’s assassin, find their impossible love challenged to the utmost as a rebellion sweeps them apart, sending Jamil on a dangerous mission to assassinate the rebel leader, General Charvat. Unknown to anyone, Charvat is on his way to the temple to exploit the headmaster’s magical abilities.
When the rebel army arrives, M’lan is thrust into a struggle against political and sexual dominance as Charvat attempts to break his resistance. Violence and death mount, awakening within M’lan both the powers of destruction and the desire for revenge.
On the trail of his prey, Jamil begins to question his devotion to M’lan as his once innocent lover transforms into a mage and invades the assassin’s thoughts and dreams. The closer Jamil draws to M’lan, the more he puts his life and his very soul at risk. Jamil soon realizes that his lover might prove to be more deadly than the man he was sent to kill.
A final confrontation between assassin and monk might destroy them both, but Jamil is relentless in his determination to rescue M’lan, for he knows that only his love can master the mage.
Authors to Admire:
Ten Authors I Admire and Why by Alexis Duran
Tom Robbins ~ Robbins is the author who gave me permission to unleash my wild and irreverent side and to not stifle my imagination. His were also the first books I read where people actually had fun, free-from-guilt sex! He is the master of profound silliness, not to mention a writer with an amazing, heart-achingly beautiful zest for life. I never want to leave the world of his books.
John LeCarre ~ LeCarre is the writer who pushed me over the edge from avid reader to budding novelist (at the age of thirteen). He is such an elegant, intelligent writer. Some people are annoyed by writing that draws attention to itself, but I remember sitting and rereading arresting lines over and over, simply in awe of his way with words. The drawback to idolizing LeCarre is that I set a very high bar for myself from the get-go.
Ursula LeGuin ~ Do I have to explain? For me, she opened the realm of both fantasy and science fiction for me. She was my introduction to “adult” fantasy, by which I mean fantasy that is deadly serious, rather than the pulp style of let’s-flex-our-pecs- and-go-fight-dragons. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but LeGuin showed me just how deep and relevant fantasy can be.
C.S. Lewis ~ If I wasn’t addicted to stories and fantasy before The Narnia Chronicles, this writer sealed the deal. I was so swept away by his creations I’d cry when the books ended. I’m still looking for that wardrobe.
Roger Zelazny ~ Wit, wonder, world-building, adventure. Zelazny probably influenced my view of magic more than any other writer.
Amy Tan ~ Aside from the gorgeous writing, her ability to weave together the lives of very different characters from very different times and cultures into a compelling, moving narrative is just amazing. A master of magical realism.
Neal Stephenson ~ I occasionally pull Snow Crash off the shelf just to read the first few lines and be energized and inspired all over again. Stephenson has the kind of imagination and the ability to bring it all back to the page that just blows me away. True, he can go off on long-winded tangents, but if I had a tenth of his story-crunching power, I’d be long-winded too.
Barbara Kingsolver ~ Voice. The master of voice. Did I mention voice? I never forget how her characters sound. She is also the queen of setting. Landscapes with heart, history, magic.
Octavia Butler ~ Courageous, groundbreaking, visionary. She brought a compassionate humanity to science fiction that I hadn’t experienced before I read her.
J. R. R. Tolkien ~ Well, duh.
M’lan knelt beside the assassin’s bronzed body. He placed his palm on Jamil’s chest and silently beseeched Salar to remove the deadly impulses instilled in Jamil ever since he began his training as an assassin. Jamil closed his eyes and seemed to relax, but as the warm energy of the god seeped through M’lan’s fingers, Jamil jerked suddenly to full alertness. Like a cobra striking he seized M’lan’s wrist and gave it a painful twist, eyes flashing. M’lan sat back, startled.
Jamil did not let him go. He let out a slow breath and lifted M’lan’s fingers to his mouth. He kissed the knuckles of a clenched fist. “The last thing I need is more spells to confuse this simple warrior’s mind.”
“A prayer is not a spell!” M’lan tried to pull free but couldn’t. He gritted his teeth, fighting back a rising anger. Jamil’s strength both entranced and infuriated him.
“Stop trying to weaken me.” Jamil said in a wretchedly calm voice. “You must stay here and do your duty, I must go away and do mine. Nothing has changed.”
M’lan inhaled slowly, breath catching. “Let me go.”
About the Author:
Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was cataloguing the collection in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She’s had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats. She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novel and several other erotic novellas.
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/alexis.duran.18294
Other: My blog at http://alexisduranblog.com
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