Category: High Fantasy

Review: “Rogue in the Making” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Rogue in the Making
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: High Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 284 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

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.


Rogue in the Making is book two of Studies in Demonology series.
This book starts right at the end of book 1 (Warlock in Training).

The program between the Underground and The Demon side had started. Ten wizards were sent to the Demon side to learn natural magic. But the Underground isn’t better than the college, and they threaten Terrance’s life to keep Angus in line, they want to spy on the Demon side and gain the powers retained by the college. Meanwhile, the Demons start to think that a war is necessary and humans need to bleed for them.
Angus is confused and lost. He doesn’t know who he is anymore. A human among the demons, a demon among the humans? He loves two men, Saka the demon mage, and Terrance the human warlock. Angus can’t choose between them, but he needs to find a way to protect them and to save both worlds.

Saka is also completely lost because of his feelings for Angus. He’s in love with Angus, a human. Mages don’t have family. Their tribe is first in their life. Saka, at first, rejects his feelings, but how he can be a good mage and teacher if he lies to himself. Besides, the future of his world is more important than his love life and he needs to find a way to save his world and have Angus for himself.
I really loved this book, as much as book 1. The author gives us a great sequel.

The evolution in the story matches the evolution with the characters. We follow Saka and Angus in their journey. We follow their evolutions, as wizard/mage, but also as lovers. They are a strong couple, a unit, who trust each other and protect each other. They don’t agree on everything, but they have the same goal, saving their world.

I loved the plot of the book. It’s the following of book 1, but it’s more developed, and we learn more about Vinland (Angus’s country), the human world, and the demon side too. This book introduces us to more characters, to a more developed plot with a lot of mystery too that we want to discover.

The author did a fabulous job with this book. We’re completely hooked into the story, wanting to know more, and trying to find a viable solution for their world. The end of the book opens a lot of possibilities, intrigue, and hope for book three. I can’t wait to read it, to see how the plot and the characters will evolve.

I recommend this book. It can’t be read as a standalone, so you need to start the journey from the beginning but it’s worth it.

4 OtpimuMMs for The Mage, his apprentice, and their tribe.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Warlock in Training” by TJ Nichols

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

BLURB:

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

Review: “The Wanderer” by Rowan McAllister

TITLE: The Wanderer
AUTHOR: Rowan McAllister
SERIES: Chronicles of the Riftlands
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Stef Masciandaro
GENRE: High Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
PRICE: 6.99 e-book / $14.99-paperback

BLURB:

After centuries of traveling the continent of Kita and fighting the extradimensional monsters known as Riftspawn, mage Lyuc is tired and ready to back away from the concerns of humanity.
But the world isn’t done with him yet.
While traveling with a merchant caravan, Lyuc encounters Yan, an Unnamed, the lowest caste in society. Though Yan has nothing but his determination and spirit, he reminds Lyuc what passion and desire feel like. While wild magic, a snarky, shapeshifting, genderfluid companion, and the plots of men and monsters seem determined to keep Lyuc from laying down his burden, only Yan’s inimitable spirit tempts him to hang on for another lifetime or so.
All Yan wants is to earn the sponsorship of a guild so he can rise above his station, claim a place in society, and build the family he never had.
After hundreds of years of self-imposed penance, all Lyuc wants is Yan.
If they can survive prejudice, bandits, mercenaries, monsters, and nature itself, they might both get their wish… and maybe even their happily ever after.


Lyuc is a mage who travels the continent of Kita and fights the extradimensional monsters named Riftspaw. Lyuc is old, a thousand years-old-ish. He’s tired and only wishes to finish his mission and rest in peace.

During his travels with a merchant caravan, Lyuc meets Yan, a young man, an Unnamed. Despite being an Unnamed, Yan is strong and proud.
Lyuc and Yan will travel together, and the more time they spend together, the more they know each other. Despite the bandits, the mercenaries, the monsters, and the society ready to ban them, they want their own happy ending.

The Wanderer is the first book of Chronicles of the Riftlands series. I really liked this book; it was a beautiful story.
Lyuc is super old, a little bit grumpy, and always argues with his horse, Brin, (who isn’t really a horse by the way). When he meets Yan, at first, his first thought was to help the young man, but the more he interacted with him, the more he feels alive. I love Lyuc. He’s kind, powerful, romantic and protective. He’s also lonely and tired and wants to die finally, but Yan will change this.

Yan might be an unnamed, but he’s strong, proud, with a high temper. He’s also very smart. The only thing he wants is a family, his own family. When he meets Lyuc at first, he’s suspicious, but the more he starts to know him, the more he wants him. Yan reminds Lyuc what life is, how it can be not to be alone forever.

I love how Yan put life back into Lyuc’s old tired body and how Lyuc gives Yan everything he has.
I really liked this book. The characters are lovable, and the story was good. The plot was around Lyuc and Yan but not only focused on them, as we also learn the background of their universe and where and how their world and rules is situated.

I like how the author wrote his story, well described without being to boring, with a little something that I can’t pinpoint, it was like reading a tale, a May-December tale with hot sex scenes, a little bit of angst, and a lot of love. Yes, a beautiful tale!
It’s definitely a series that I’ll follow, and I recommend it to you.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for The Mage, The Horse and The Unnamed

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Wish Upon the Stars” by TJ Klune

TITLE: A Wish Upon the Stars
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: Tales From Verania
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: High Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 450 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 -paperback

BLURB:

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.
The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.
But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.


As everything, the story of Sam of Wilds must come to an end … and now here we are saying goodbye to Sam and his gang (or not …?).

I remember when I discovered TJ Klune. It was with his Wolfsong, the best book I’ve ever read. I was awestricken, speechless of that book. I hunted down all his books, and I consumed them one after another. Then I started the Tales From Verania series. I was captured from the very first sentence of the story!

Sam of Wilds has his own Destiny (it’s capitalized so you know it’s true!), and we all know he is not happy about it. After numerous adventures, he had his cornerstone Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart aka Knight Commander Delicious Face. But the story has evolved, more adventure more betrayal more people in Sam’s life.

But he is not alone in his journey. He has the most amazing hornless unicorn known to mankind, Garry (and if you don’t agree with me you are brave, because you know Garry will bring the pain) and the sweetest half-giant Tiggy (He smash! He smash Hard!). Then he has Morgan of Shadows, his mentor, his friend…who we all know was taken from him. Well that’s what led Sam to leave everybody behind and follow the Great White in the Dark Forest , to fulfill his Destiny.

After almost a year, Sam is back with Kevin, fearing the reaction of those who he left behind. The world he’s coming back to is not the same.

Verania is under Myrin’s dark hands. He captured the King, and he is keeping him in the City of Lockes using him as a pawn to control the people of Verania. But there is Resistance, a group of rebels who retreated to Camp HaveHeart.

Finally, when he reached the camp (all badass and bellowing) he finds people there that he wasn’t expecting, and the reaction he gets, how they whisper his name…

The final (?!) sequel of this series will not disappoint us. Garry is as sassy as ever, if not, even more so, Tiggy is sweet as he ever been, Ryan is angry, Justin is grown up (ish) and Sam, Sam is changed, he is not Sam of Wilds, he becomes Sam of …

I wish I could say more, but you know spoilers (for those reviewers who think to spoil a book in reviews is cool, lemme tell you this dude, it’s not!) but there is laughter and tears … TJ brings his magic as always!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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