Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/26/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Paranormal
Darren and Kavon have committed to each other, but magical rules are changing and that tests the strength of their bond. The death of a prominent Egyptian shaman and the shadowy remains of O’Brien’s conspiracy to kill adepts and steal their magic also pressure the new couple. Kavon is determined to protect his partner through these storms, but he is also painfully aware of his own tendency to hover. And as Darren is quick to point out, he is an armed federal agent who won’t allow Kavon to keep him off the front lines.
Making the relationship even more difficult, the spirit guides who offered their loyalty have their own hopes and needs. The world is changing, and Darren’s spirit guide pushes them to find the right path to navigate. However, Kavon has never enjoyed being pressured, and he is particularly uncomfortable walking into a situation he doesn’t understand. Worse, the longer he knows Darren and his guide, the more confused Kavon becomes about how magic even works. The two men must pull together or the forces moving in the shadows threaten to destroy them before they have any chance at happiness.
This is the second book in the Aberrant Magic series and sees us back with Darren and Kavon. Their relationship has moved on since Darren’s latent magic skills evolved but before he really has a chance to understand the changes that are happening to him another case lands on their desks and they are quickly dragged into something far bigger than they imagined.
I really like the world Lyn Gala has built in this series however it is far more detailed in this second book and I have to admit to getting confused at times. There are dark levels of magic at work that may or may not be tied to a previous case but it most certainly has something to do with the Egyptians and the dead body at their embassy. The story weaves itself perfectly to overlap with book one and gives us more answers as to what happened to the murdered adepts – it also raises a lot more questions, hunts out a traitor and puts Kavon and Darren’s life in danger more than once.
Bennu has taken on a life of his own and could almost be a main character. He is sassy, inquisitive and won’t take no for an answer but he appears to be hell bent on protecting his guide and his lover. I do wonder how long Darren and Kavon will be able to keep their secret and if they are found out what the impact will be – I guess we will have to wait and see what happens in book three.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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