Review: “Warlock in Training” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Warlock in Training
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: High Fantasy; Paranormal
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: Feb 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback


Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock. He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have—his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.
His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.
Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.
Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that is being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.
Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.

Angus is a 19 year-old student at Warlock College. He doesn’t want to be a warlock, he wants to be a doctor, but his father, a powerful respectable warlock in their community, decides for him. Angus knows that something is off with the magic but can’t really understand and name it.

Saka is a demon, a powerful mage, who needs a warlock to save his world. He bonded to Angus for that and hoped that the young warlock would understand how both their worlds need to be saved.
Angus and Saka will have to trust each other and to learn from each other if they want to find a safe solution, one that won’t need to kill humans or demons.
Warlock in Training is the first book of the Studies in Demonology series.

I liked this book; I enjoyed it a lot.
In this universe, magic is well known by people; it’s a common thing. This society is divided into three casts. The non-magic people, they’re average humans. The Wizards, they have magic but refuse to use demons for that, so they take it from the earth and their surroundings, and they’re considered rogue. The Warlocks, they are the high rank, and they are powerful because they use demons and drain them to be powerful. But everything has a price. There’s a balance between the Human world and Demon world, and each time a warlock uses a demon for magic, he needs to repay it by a small sacrifice (mostly blood). But the more the warlocks use magic, the less they counter-balance it, and the Demon world as well as the Human world are dying.

Angus is the son of a powerful warlock. He doesn’t want to be one of them, but his father doesn’t give him a choice. When he summoned his demon for the first time, Angus is kidnaped by his demon and taken to the Demon world, and that’s where he learns the truth. I love Angus. He’s not a weak, little spoiled kid. He refuses to play his role like his father expects. He thinks for himself and stands up for his beliefs. Even if he has a lot to learn, he always tries to make the better choice and put people (human or demon) before himself. I really love him.

Saka is a powerful mage, and his tribe and his world are first in his life. He wants to save his world, but he refuses to use blood for that. He refuses to be part of a war where demons and warlocks will kill each other. He wants to save his world but in a peaceful way. When he chooses Angus as his warlock, he doesn’t expect to have a young man willing to listen to him and to help him save their worlds. The connection between them is strong, but they still need time to know each other. I love Saka. He’s wise, calm, strong, powerful and super-hot and sensual (and he has black-horns and a tail…a real tail).
The story doesn’t focus only on Saka and Angus, it’s the first book of the series, so the author gives us the background of this universe and the different actors (wizard, demons, average human).
It was a good start in this series, and I was hooked on this book from the beginning. I can’t wait for book 2.

4 OptimuMMs for the Demon and his Warlock.

***The ARC was provided by DSP Publication . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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