Desert Ice by Rose Maefair ~ Book Review by Teresa

Title: Desert Ice

Author: Rose Maefair

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/23/2017

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance

Blurb:

Standing under the hot sun in the slave market, Wyl thought his fate couldn’t get worse. He’d been betrayed by his family, exiled, and sentenced to slavery in the desert lands where he doesn’t know the language or the customs. Yet, as he faces the scrutiny of an interested buyer, Wyl realizes he was wrong. With an exchange of coins, he could go from life as a warrior and a prince to that of a pleasure slave.

Lysander finds the stench of the slave-trading city almost unbearable. He longs for the quiet shelter of his home. Yet, Steed’s Hold is under siege and he has come to the city to find a warrior willing to fight for the cost of his freedom. However, Lysander does not expect to find the handsome Northerner or the new desires he sparks inside of Lysander. He also does not expect the terrible stipulation attached to the man’s sale, one that would demand a heavy price of them both.

Lysander is a mage more used to commanding earth, metal, and wood than people. How is he to be master of a slave and the slave’s desire, when Lysander hasn’t fully mastered his own?

My View:

It’s no secret I love slave tales. I love them even more when tables are turned. In Desert Ice we have a sweet, gentle, kind magi who purchases an angry, betrayed, arrogant warrior. The chemistry between the two was off the charts and their relationship not what I’d expected.

Wylham had every right to his anger, so even when he did some cruel things, I was able to forgive him. The language barrier only added to his confusion of the situation and his incorrect view of Lysander. Lysander did the best he could, but not know what was going through the warriors head sometimes led him astray.

I loved the world building, the magic, the action, and the sex. It was all well balanced and engaging. The characters were vibrant and as relatable as you can get in a fantasy novel.

Although this is a long book, it hardly felt so. It was imaginative and well crafted. There was the odd case of head hopping, but for the most part all points of view were clearly delineated. I could envision the strange creatures and the landscapes. I could see the city, caravan, and hold in my mind easily.

Although it didn’t make me cry, I still felt for the characters and their tribulations. I rooted for them to find a solution and be together.

While the cover and title do not do this book justice, it was a great read. I will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work!

Links

Desert Ice on Goodreads
Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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