Author: RJ Scott
Reviewed by: Don
Genre: M/M Fantasy
In a world where magic is rare, Joseph Jamieson is a holder of power. Orophin Tiwele, or Phin to his friends, is the son of the Elf King and has magic of his own. The rules say two supernatural beings with magic cannot be together and Joseph and Phin have lived by that rule despite their attraction to each other.
The resistance is growing larger each day, but traitors threaten everything Joseph has built. He wants peace, but soon comes to realize the way to peace, is through war.
When the only thing that will save lives is Joseph and Phin working together, it becomes impossible to see where magic and passion end and where love could begin.
This installment in the ongoing series gives the reader a more in depth look at Joseph, the leader of the resistance and Phin, the future elf king. Joseph and Phin have some romantic history but it doesn’t become clear until Joseph is trapped inside Glitnir while retrieving the Vampire Book. Councilor Peitrol of the Elven Council holds Joseph and tortures him mercilessly until Phin uses his own magic to rescue Joseph. While dream walking through Joseph’s injured mind, Phin discovers that Joseph still loves him. There is a strict prohibition against two magic wielders being lovers but neither man can deny his love any longer.
I found this engaging story to be the best one in the series yet because it is Ms Scott doing what she does best and that is writing about love. There is much about the resistance woven through the story and even more questions brought up about the treachery inside Glitner itself. The appearance of Reuben answers many of the questions concerning the very shaky alliance at the core of Glitner. I really enjoyed the emotional throes that Phin is put through as he has never wanted to be the Elf King. The ever growing band of resistance fighters from the previous books are all present in this book but spend much of their time in the background as the world comes nearer and nearer to outright war. The many twists and turns in this story kept me glued to the pages until the very end and left me wanting more. This well crafted series is a must for any fantasy fan.