Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: MM Fantasy
Summary: Myka’s dream was to someday own his shop, making and spelling suits that were prized throughout the world. Instead, he rejected an apprenticeship with a master who proved to be reprehensible—and touchable—and lost everything. Now, he works in a derelict shop in the wrong part of town, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught spelling without a license or thrown out by his odious landlord.
The only bright part of his days are the occasional visits from his best client, Johan, a man who works in the palace and always brings the finest suits to have spelled. When he accidentally leaves behind an invitation to the royal ball, Myka takes it, determined to have one evening where he can enjoy himself—and perhaps even spend time with Johan as something other than a spell weaver.
Review: Fairy tale all the way. This is a lovely short story of Myka, a spell crafter who happened to overhear something that made him turn down an apprenticeship with a master after his own master passed away without getting him squared away with final tests to be a master. Now he’s in a tiny shop in a worn down part of town, giving up eating at times to make the rent. Which is now going up 100 silver a month, either with money or payment with his body because his landlord is a true scumbag. His only really good thing in life right now comes in the form of his beautiful client, Johan, and his luxurious, expensive suits.
Johan coming in for a special glamour to his suit to wear to a party turns this into our Cinderfella fairy tale, only hotter. When Johan picks up the beautiful suit, he leaves behind an invitation to the royal ball by mistake. Myka, who is a good, decent person and works hard, just wants this one night to experience something for himself. So he takes the invitation, sews and spells himself a glamoured suit and heads to the royal ball. Imagine how he feels when the beautiful man hitting on him is none other than his lovely Johan. Of course they are both glamoured but Myka recognizes the suit. Johan doesn’t recognize Myka, but they have a connection regardless. It is after the ball that things get a little scary and Myka is taken to police headquarters.
I loved the whole idea of the spelled suits and clothing. I found that so unique and interesting (and I could so use some of those spells). I liked the characters and found the fairy tale aspect to work well. Recommended.