Book Reviews

The Astral Mage (Captains to the Wolf 1) by Hurri Cosmo at Fireborn Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Other Planets / Outer Space / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 29-March-2016

Book Blurb

Kyrus has never cared about life and death, he controls them. He's an Astral Mage, better known as a "Soul Giver", a race of people who can reattach life force energy back to its source. In other words, he brings the dead back to life.

For years the Confederated Authority, the governing body for planets, has been methodically hunting Astral Mages down and Kyrus is as pure as they've seen. So it becomes a huge risk when Tilbarr, the captain of the Wolf, brings Kyrus on board his ship.

Not that Tilbarr is afraid of the ConFed. Far from it. But the threat to Kyrus doesn't come from outside the Wolf and it isn't long before Tilbarr realizes he just may have to give up everything in order to save Kyrus: his ship, his crew, and even his life. All in all, not a bad trade off.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a re-edited, expanded re-released title.


NOTE: This book was previously published by Secret Cravings Publishing in June 2014.

Book Review

I do love a good space adventure, and 'The Astral Mage' has got all the required ingredients: a somewhat mysterious, powerful political entity, space ships and planets of all types, space pirates, strangely named materials and weapons. Then it adds another element: astral mages with the ability to manipulate life energy, also known as "soul givers". With some creative world-building and interesting characters, this story rapidly pulled me in and didn’t let me go until the end. And even then I wanted to read on!

Tilbarr is captain of the Wolf, a spaceship that finds itself in trouble on a regular basis. They're not exactly pirates – most of the time, and Tilbarr has a particular code of behavior that follows its own set of rules and ethics, but they are not law-abiding members of the ConFed empire either. More like mercenaries who pick and chose their assignments, I guess. When Tilbarr rescues Kyrus, an astral mage, from enslavement and being sold to the highest bidder, everything changes. And not because he is falling in love – at least that is what he chooses to believe – until it's too late and he loses Kyrus.

Kyrus has been abused, mistreated, and hunted all his life. He's seen as a valuable commodity, since his ability to bring people back to life is extremely useful. Tilbarr is the first man who seems to see him as a person, and Kyrus quickly falls for him. Except he cannot allow himself to fall in love, because he won’t be able to survive the pain of being sold on (which is what he expects). Rather than endanger Tilbarr, Kyrus decides to run, even though it hurts him to give up the first chance at happiness he's ever found. But at least Tilbarr will be safe – or so Kyrus thinks.

If you like space opera with galaxy-enveloping plots, if you enjoy reading stories with a touch of the paranormal, and if you're looking for a read that is as entertaining as it is futuristic and suspenseful, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 54001 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-March-2016
Price $3.99 ebook
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