Author: Jon Keys
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/10/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay Romance
Differences must be put aside when vengeance becomes all-consuming.
Anan, a spellweaver of the Talac people, returns from a hunting trip to find his village decimated, his mate dead, and everyone else captured by Varas slavers. The sole survivor is Terja, a young man without the velvet that covers most Talac, marking him as a spellspinner. Since Talac magic requires both a weaver and a spinner, Anan and Terja must move beyond their ingrained mistrust. All that remains is revenge and a desperate plan to rescue their tribesmen before they are sold to Varas pleasure houses. A goal Anan and Terja are willing to die for.
With the blessing of the Talac gods, they discover new and surprising ways to complement each other’s power. But as they race through terrain full of enemies and dangerous creatures to reach their people before they pass into Varas lands, they must take drastic steps to face the overwhelming odds against them. Understanding their connection might be their only hope.
Obsidian Sun definitely has some uniqueness in the fantasy realm. With the velvet covered Talacs and the velvet obsessed Varas, conflict is destined to arise. However, as much as that dynamic is a part of this story, the real story is Anan and Terja overcoming their differences to complete the quest to free the captured Talac.
There is much magic, and even how that is performed and how it exists is new. I loved the idea of magic being woven from people’s emotions and that their emotions literally coloured the strands. A lot of this concept is explained in the huge glossary at the beginning. I urge you not to skip it as you will be a little lost if you do so.
The romance part was not typical. I got the affection, but these two were thrown together by circumstance and need. The physicality was a practicality more than desire, however I did feel the growing love. I would adore a sequel in which their feelings grew to something more true. Yet the lack of romance did not hamper the story. It was as it needed to be for the timeframe and circumstance. The adventure and quest was the main story.
The world building was great and I loved that the author had inventive creatures and plants that inhabited it. There was a lot of time put into making the world stand out.
Despite the spiders, which gave me the creepy crawlies, I really enjoyed this book! A definite recommend for anyone wanting something new.
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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