Book Reviews

Rogue in the Making (Studies in Demonology 2) by TJ Nichols at DSP Publications

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Angels & Demons / Magic / Wizards & Witches / Interspecies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-May-2018

Book Blurb

The blood sacrifices have brought rain to Demonside, but across the void, the Warlock College of Vinland is still storing and gathering magic, heedless of the warnings of the international magical community. The underground is full of warlocks who disagree with the college, but do they care about wizards and demons or only about snatching power?

With a foot in each world, Angus is no longer sure whom he can trust. The demons don’t trust humans, and even though he is learning more magic, he will never be one of them. He is human and only tolerated. Some demons would be happy to slit his throat. It’s only because his demon is powerful in his own right that Angus is alive.

Saka only has a year to prove that Angus’s people can change and that the magic taken will be rebalanced, but the demons want action. His affection for Angus is clouding his judgment and weakening his position in the tribe. Time is running out, and he must make a choice.

Book Review

As more details emerge about this story’s world where Demonside and Humanside need to be in balance to survive, the stakes increase as new dangers come out of the woodwork. The Warlock College of Vinland is as unscrupulous as ever, but the underground turns out to be less than reliable and just as power-hungry as the “official” warlocks running the College. It puts Angus right in the middle, questioning his loyalties and forcing him to look at the entire situation in a new light. He desperately wants to save both worlds, but the problem is far more complex than he assumed. And due to this complexity, I definitely recommend to read these books in order – you will have a really hard time understanding what’s going on otherwise.

Angus is now considered a rogue warlock in Vinland, thanks to his father’s despicable betrayal. The demons have more or less accepted him, but he can’t survive in Demonside for the longer term. Forced to keep going back and forth between the two realms, no longer at home in either, and facing the so-called underground’s betrayal, Angus has to look for new solutions. There are a few hints and as he follows them the story gets even more intriguing as Angus finds out that not everything that the government of Vinland has told its citizens on Humanside is true.

Saka has brokered the agreement to work with the underground to see if humans can be taught to be more respectful of the magic they take from demons and if they can learn to rebalance the energies after each use. He still has to deal with the politics in his tribe while trying to manage the tribe’s leader and remaining the lead mage. Consorting with humans, or even just one human, makes many demons suspicious, no mater how much they respect Angus. Trying to find out more about the different types of demons Angus has found to exist is not easy either, and Saka has a really hard time as a result.

Angus and Saka go through low points in every respect. Their relationship is messed up because Saka can’t fall in love (or so the demons have been told), is definitely not supposed to “form personal attachments” so he can remain an unattached mage, and all the while, he knows his feelings for Angus are deepening. Angus is between a rock and hard place – he wants more than an apprentice-mage relationship with Saka, he is still attracted to his fellow warlock Terrance, and he has no idea whom to trust. Meanwhile the weather is changing for the worse in both realms, and the urgency of Angus and Saka figuring things out increases with each day.

If you want to see how today’s problems might look in a fantasy world, if a young human falling for a demon and vice versa is your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful adventure full of surprises, twists and turns, and more than one revelation, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I can’t wait for the final installment!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 284 pages/87510 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-May-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dsppublications.com/books/rogue-in-the-making-by-tj-nichols-455-b