Author: Jon Keys
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/12/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance
After achieving the impossible and releasing their people from the Varas slavers, Anan and Terja, a spellweaver and spellspinner, start the arduous journey back to their homeland. A winter trek across the grasslands is dangerous enough, but the traitor, Xain, is tasked with recapturing the slaves, and failure will mean his death. As added insurance, the Varas High Regent hires a Triad of legendary Ubica assassins and assigns a full regiment of his personal guards, along with their captain, to the task. Their mission is clear: recapture the escaped Talac slaves destined for the Varas pleasure houses—and the bed of the High Regent—at any cost.
The newly freed Talac travel toward their homelands with the full knowledge they are likely being pursued. The flight westward is fraught with new and unexpected dangers as Anan and Terja struggle to save their tribe. The battle for shelter, food, and a way to defend themselves becomes an all-consuming task, but they are reminded by the avatars of their gods that all is not as it appears.
Obsidian Moons continues shortly after Obsidian Sun ends with the tale of the Talacs trying to find their way to the winter grounds. It focuses on Anan and Terja, but we see the points of view from many characters.
I still liked the world building in this book. There is an extensive glossary but After reading the first book, I found I didn’t really need it for this one. The world is vibrant and unique. The Varas are still evil and we are introduced to some of the mysterious Ubica.
There are two love scenes, one with Anan and Terja, the other with the Ubica triad. I know not all people like ménage, but if this is the case, you can easily skip the scene and still enjoy the book. Personally I like ménage and enjoyed the coming together of the three. They play a big role in the book.
The one thing that I found extremely distracting was the constant head hopping, sometimes within the same paragraph. It made it difficult to read at times, and disrupted the flow of the book. However, there were lots of action, peril, magic, and camaraderie to keep my attention.
I am definitely looking forward to the next leg in the Talac’s journey.
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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