Author: Cassie Sweet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/22/2014
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Alchemists and Elementals: Book Two
The reappearance of necromancers to the Dominincál city-states worries Sadonia prolate Estobán Medovin. Ever since Masters Nico and Theodyne drove the necromancers from his mind three years before, he’s suffered an odd affliction—painting while asleep. It is a secret that, if discovered by his enemies, could bring his rule to an untimely and violent end. On the eve of the demigogal elections in the holy city of Gusan, fearing the new candidate might be under the necromancers’ direct influence, Estobán requests an alchemist well-versed in ferreting out death dancers to join his mission to seek out conspirators.
Evil floods the streets of the holy city, and the elementals are anxious. Master alchemist Jolen Meripen should know; as an aerothant—hybrid of a human and air elemental—he can hear their voices in his head, telling him of the corruption festering under the pristine edifices.
When Jolen discovers a piece of the ruby tablet known as the Elementica in Estobán’s possession and the necromancers bid to collect them all and thus rule over the elements, he knows he must do everything he can—including sacrificing his life to bring peace to Dominicál and save the man he has come to love.
Once again, Cassie Sweet delivered a fantastic story full of intrigue, stunning visuals, and tension filled action. There was so much to love about this world and so many new things to learn about elementals, alchemists, and politicians. I loved the way the author strung me along, only giving me all the details I needed at the appropriate times. The tension was great and between the fighting and my questions, the author was easily able to keep me interested. I had to know how things turned out! I really needed to know more about Jolen, Estoban, the necromancers and their plans. This whole story was just so well done, I can’t wait for the next book!
One issue I had with this story was the romance. I started out a bit confused as to why Estoban and Jolen went beyond the attraction stage to love. They really didn’t spend much time getting to know one another outside of a mutual goal of finding the necromancers. They were apart more than they were together so I had a hard time understanding their connection. But once they did get together, they were fabulous. Yes, things were really rushed, but that was a minor thing for me because it was eventually explained. I could really feel their connection with one another and the emotions flowing between the two men were tangible. It was well done and really played on the reader’s romantic ideals.
My other issue was the fact that I was often left hanging. I wanted to know what Wendro was and why his character ended up as he did. I wanted to know more about Hazreal and the necromancers. I wanted to know more about Jolen’s past and how he came to be who he was. I wanted to know more about Estoban and his history as well. Maybe things were left blank for a reason, so that the series could continue, but in this particular case, I was left feeling like parts of this story were incomplete.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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