Author: Lotus Oakes
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Kirby Crow
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/17/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
In a world covered by a deadly miasma, humans survive by way of the protection of powerful mages known as Keepers. In the town of Ravenhearth, the Keeper requests a companion from Ash’s village every ten years. What happens to them after those ten years, no one knows, for none has ever returned.
Ash is a young orphan who dreams of learning magic. When the newest request for a companion is posted, he volunteers. Upon his arrival, he finds the Keeper’s home is nothing like the fearful whispers shared around the village. Instead, he slowly grows to be a part of the close-knit family of the Keeper’s castle—and falls for Giles, the butler of Ravenhearth, rather than the man he’s been sent there to attend.
Ravenhearth is a love story set in a fantastic world. It is a world of magic, even if we don’t get to see much in the way of that magic actually happening. It is a world where breathing the air could literally kill you. It is a world where one man holds the power of life and death in his hands. All he asks of those under his protection is a little companionship once in a while.
He is a recluse. He goes about his business unseen. As with most of his ilk, he is misunderstood and feared. He has also become a bit gunshy over the years. Only the orphan Ash has the guts to seek him out. Even if he doesn’t have the guts to ask the questions that plague him. The only real conflict in the story could have been avoided if he had.
I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I would like to have seen a little more solid world buildings. There were times where I wasn’t sure te author even understood the history of her world. I would also like to have seen a little more of the magic Ash was learning and Giles had mastered.
Overall, I was left with many questions. How does his magic keep the miasma at bay? Why is Ravenhearth practically immortal? Will Ash also be? If so, how? If learning magic makes you such, why did Ash’s mom die? What is the deal with the twins?
However, these questions were more of an afterthought for me. I enjoyed seeing Ash and Giles grow close. I appreciated watching Ash’s struggle with himself and his duty. I could have done without the twins. They didn’t really add anything but more confusion to the story for me.
I would certainly read another story from this author.
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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