Book Reviews

Blood of Salar (Masters and Mages 2) by Alexis Duran at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 30-April-2015

Book Blurb

M’lan, headmaster of the order of Ka’alar, and Jamil Jarka, king’s assassin, find their impossible love challenged to the utmost as a rebellion sweeps them apart, sending Jamil on a dangerous mission to assassinate the rebel leader, General Charvat. Unknown to anyone, Charvat is on his way to the temple to exploit the headmaster’s magical abilities.

When the rebel army arrives, M’lan is thrust into a struggle against political and personal dominance as Charvat attempts to break his resistance. Violence and death mount, awakening within M’lan both the powers of destruction and the desire for revenge.

On the trail of his prey, Jamil begins to question his devotion to M’lan as his once innocent lover transforms into a mage and invades the assassin’s thoughts and dreams. The closer Jamil draws to M’lan, the more he puts his life and his very soul at risk. Jamil soon realizes that his lover might prove to be more deadly than the man he was sent to kill.

A final confrontation between assassin and monk might destroy them both, but Jamil is relentless in his determination to rescue M’lan, knowing that only his love can master the mage.

 

Book Review

This second book in the ‘Masters and Mages’ series proves a terrific follow-up to the initial story and left me hungry for another trip to the harsh but captivating realm of Rakkan. Political intrigue, familial bonds, the ravages of war, sorcery, rebellion, and love, each find a place in this stimulating episode of the hard-won romance between M’lan and Jamil, and I loved every minute of it.

Now headmaster of the Order of Ka’alar, gifted healer M’lan finds himself deserted at the Temple of Ka’alar as a result of the war between the regency and the rebels. His lover Jamil is on a mission to assassinate the rebellion’s leader and the king’s army has fled the mountain after stripping the temple of its precious medicines. Before leaving, the army warned that any aiding the rebel forces with their “healing gift” would feel the wrath of the king. Despite this, M’lan is secretly ordered by a sinister king’s minister to use his “powers” to spy on the enemy. Forces conspire to tear the lovers apart as Jamil searches for his prey in the wrong direction and the rebel forces descend on the temple to capture its magic. Charvat, the rebel general Jamil seeks, is a student of sorcery and is determined to use M’lan to become Ka’alar incarnate. M’lan must use his wits and his gifts to protect the innocent villagers, the monks in his care, and his lover, without incurring the wrath of either Ka’alar or Salar.

Jamil and M’lan grow both emotionally and spiritually in this episode to great effect. I found Milan especially endearing as he struggles to accept that he may be more than a simple healing monk and am looking forward to his exploration of his newfound powers in the next book. Jamil also expands his consciousness. His epiphany that wealth and privilege may not hold the rich reward he has always imagined and that he can be more than a king’s assassin, made him more human and that much more a perfect companion for M’lan. I also enjoyed Jamil’s sharp, strategic mind gentling to the plight of the abused and his subsequent fight scenes were really special. The heat sizzles between these two men in some very unusual lovemaking scenes, which really enriched the mystical atmosphere of the story.

Lush with engaging scenes of both love and war, the story is further enhanced by a solid cast of supporting characters, including the lost brother of M’lan, Tysin. Their inclusion provided a genuine “perils of war” environment of hapless victims, turncoats, and innocents lost. Darkness and light struggle for control over the realm of Rakkan and Jamil and M’lan must harness their skills and learn what is needed to appease the serpent god Ka’alar before the Light of Salar is forever doused.

Kudos to the author for the smoldering undertone of threats-yet-to-come that riddled this story. Besides the predominate villains in this story, the ousted Abbess Renee resurfaces, and Markassa Hauran, an old enemy of Jamil appears. Glimpses of these vengeful power mongers who serve as puppet masters in this tale were suspense-ridden and intriguing. I have a feeling the two lovers, M’lan and Jamil, will face many trials before their love is truly safe. I await the next book of this entertaining series with great anticipation.

Thank you, Alexis Duran, for this magical mix of romance, intrigue, and otherworldliness.

“Spirited, Enchanting…Wicked good!”

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 203 pages/60111 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-March-2015
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link http://www.loose-id.com/blood-of-salar.html