Saviors (The God Jars Saga: Book 1) by Devon Vesper

Saviors

5 Stars

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: September 19th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA

Number of pages: 222

POV:

Series: The God Jars Sags

Saviors – Book 1

Avristin – Book 2 (expected publication date: October 31st, 2017)

Where you can find Saviors: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Trust is more terrifying than any weapon.

Valis’ father wants to sacrifice him to the evil God, Qos. His uncle wants to use him as a magical battery and sex slave. All Valis wants is to live in peace, without fear of constant abuse. When he escapes his father’s sacrificial knife and runs away, he lands in the camp of his two saviors, Kerac and Darolen, holy Aesriphos warriors powerful enough to put his family in their place.

But trusting anyone could be fatal, and the warriors ask the impossible: to sell his father’s farmstead and abandon his old life to join their monastery.

They’re his only hope and when he learns to trust them, they’re the father figures he always wanted, but Valis isn’t sure he’s strong enough to put aside his fear and start over.

The God Jars Saga is a nine-book slow burn medieval M/M fantasy romance.

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Dragon Court (Dragon Highlands: Book 2)by Jennifer Amriss

Dragon Court (An M/M Gay Fantasy Romance)

Title: Dragon Court

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: May 3rd, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, LGBT, Romance

Number of pages: 379

POV: 3rd person

Series: Dragon Highlands

Mage of Legend (review here)

Dragon Court

Where you can find Dragon Court: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The Dragon King Returns.
But his reign may be at an end.

Xastrian and Velithor return to the Dragon Highlands expecting a celebratory welcome. Instead, his assassin is still at large, and the court is in an uproar. Xastrian may lose his right to rule, if not his life.

A kingdom at war.

A long-exiled warrior race is invading through a rip in the veil between worlds, and the court lays the fault at Xastrian’s feet. Faced with this new threat, the court wants to see a new elf on the throne.

A reluctant new co-ruler.

Velithor has kept away from crowds all his life, but his love for Xastrian is stronger. But when his father-in-law raises him as the new Dragon King, serving beside Xastrian, it might be too much. Especially when an old enemy emerges, this time with Velithor in his sights.

My review:

I can’t tell you guys how excited I was to read this book. I had read book 1 (Mage of Legend) and fell in love with Xastrian (Xastri) and Velithor (Veli). So when Jennifer was sending out the ARC’s for Dragon Court, I pounced on it. It exceeded my expectations and I was literally glued to the page.

The romance between Xastrian and Velithor was what made the book.  Their love for each other couldn’t be broken. Not by anyone or anything. I loved reading a book where such a love was put on display. Sure, the relationship was majorly tested, but they overcame it by talking about their issues (gasp). Amazing that fictional characters can do what real life people don’t do….talk about things.

I liked how Xastrian’s grandfather and father were portrayed in the book. I feel into Instalove with his grandfather, Va’asdrian. He was so accepting of Velithor and went out of his way to make sure that Velithor was comfortable. Now, Xastrian’s father, Mivikial, was a jerk when he first met Velithor and to be honest, I didn’t care for him. But the more he showed up in the story, the more he grew on me and I will say, that after a certain scene…..I loved him. If you want to know what that scene is, read the book.

The invasion storyline was very interesting because the invaders were coming through a rift caused by Xastri in the first book. I did wish that we were taken to that world by the author. That way I could have understood how they had magic nulling powers. Maybe another book because I find it is a race that I am fascinated with.

The Red Dragon storyline was very interesting. I say that because of what is revealed when Veli is taken there. I’m not going to go into it much because doing that will kinda ruin a part of the book. I will just leave it at this: Red Dragons are not what you think they are. Read the book to find out more about them.

Now, the assassin storyline. I will say that I did figure out part of it pretty early in the book. I figured it out right before Asseisal called for Xastri to be dethroned for his actions. I was a little shocked, though, at what happened afterward. Actually, a little shocked doesn’t cover what I felt. Again, something that I don’t want to show because it is a big part of the latter half of the book. You really need to read the book to find out what I am talking about.

I have to mention Velithor’s father. He was such an idiot (keeping that Amazon PC) and I was honestly surprised that Xastrian didn’t beat him down. But, when Velithor was stabbed, his father was there for him and took over his healing. It was during that healing that Velithor’s father reveals why he said was he said and expressed remorse for his past and present behavior. He also admitted a ton of guilt for the way Velithor was conceived and the miscarriages that followed his wife’s blood ritual. I was glad to see that Velithor and his father were working things out.

The sex scenes were hot. The last sex scene, though, speared my heart. Talk about an awesome way to heal and it made me love Veli and Xastri even more.

The end of the book had a twist in it that I didn’t see coming. Nothing was mentioned up until it was revealed and I was pretty shocked. But what also shocked me was what happened afterward. But, it was very fitting for all the mischief and mayhem that was caused in the book. There is a hint of a HEA in the book too….which makes me very happy.

How many stars will I give Dragon Court: 5

Why: This book exceeded everything I hoped for it. Amazing, well-written characters, storylines that were intense and kept me on my toes and a love that couldn’t be kept on the pages.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Violence, sex, and language. There are some scenes that could easily trigger people so I would read with caution

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Mage of Legend (Dragon Highlands: Book 1): A Kal’brath Novel by Jennifer Amriss

Mage of Legend (An M/M Gay Fantasy Romance): A Kal'brath Novel

Title: Mage of Legend

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: February 3rd, 2017

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, LBGTQIA

POV: 3rd person

Number of pages: 352

Series: Dragon Highlands

Mage of Legend – Book 1

Kal’brath Novels

Race Against the Dark – Book 1 (review here)

Healing Wounds – Book 2 (review here)

Twilight’s Children – Book 3 (review here)

Can be read out-of-order from series: Yes, the first book in the Dragon Highlands series

Where this book can be found: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Dimensional Rifters Were Nothing But Legends.
Until now…

Ages ago, one of the old gods threw Minuvel, the last Ivari, into a dimensional prison. She was too powerful to kill and too dangerous to let roam free. But her vault was lost.

A Spoiled King and A Skilled Hunter.

After a beautiful stranger saves his life, Xastrian, the new Dragon King, owes Velithor a life-debt. But as the two join forces to battle the crazed Ivari who shares their prison, he discovers he wants so much more. Soul-bonding with the shy, resourceful hunter would be worth anything. Even facing death a second time.

Trapped and Hunted.

Xastrian must rely on Velithor’s knowledge of the forest. Velithor must help Xastrian regain his power. And one of them must tap into the magic of legend to become a dimensional rifter before the Ivari drives Xastrian mad and ruins their chances of ever finding their way home.
Reading Order

*Mage of Legend
*Lurir: Going Home (Short Story)- COMING SOON!
*Dragon Court- COMING SOON!

Dragon Highlands Book 1.

This side duology to the Kings of Kal’brath series is set in the same universe where Mother, the sentient planet, cradles the races of three parallel worlds: Adradis of the elves and other magical races where the continent of Kal’brath resides, Earth of the magicless humans, and Morka of the magic-negating bashkai. If you loved the Kal’brath books, this duology brings back Velithor for more fun, romance, and gripping adventure.

These light fantasy romps are sure to be favorites you will want to read again and again.

Please note that this is book contains an M/M (Gay) Fantasy Romance subplot.

Want to know the reading order for the entire universe? Here you go!

1. Race Against the Dark (Kings of Kal’brath Pilot) [Het]
2. Healing Wounds: Mother Book One (Kings of Kal’brath 2) [Het]
3. Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal’brath 3) [Het]
4. Mage of Legend (Dragon Highlands 1) [Gay]
5. Lurir: Going Home (Dragon Highlands Short) [Clean]
6. Dragon Court (Dragon Highlands 2) [Gay]

My review:

I was so excited when Jennifer contacted me to let me know that not only did she have another Kal’brath novel coming out and it was going to have Velithor in it, I was super excited. I didn’t come out and squeal like a teenager at a boy band concert but it was pretty close.

I am going to admit, I wasn’t a fan of Xastrian at first. He takes off after an assassination attempt (hello, an unknown person wanting to kill you!!) to practice his magic, which he isn’t very good at and not only did he end up blasting the area he was in (with everything in it) in between dimensions but he also almost died. After Velithor saves him, he acts like a spoiled brat. There were times I wanted to smack him. But he did start to grow on me. Slowly but he grew on me. By the end of the book, I really liked him.

Velithor, oh Velithor. I was so happy to see that he had a love interest that worshipped him. I actually cried a few times in the book. Once when Niral died saving him from the harpies (which, btw were not what I thought they would look like. WoW totally ruined that for me…..lol). Once when the mama grizzly died, leaving the cubs orphans and once when Velithor explained why he has white hair and Xastrian told him that he should feel cherished. Ahhhh…waterworks.

The sex scenes between Velithor and Xastrian were beyond hot and so sweet. The feelings between both of them just came off the pages and to be honest, it made the sex even sweeter to read. What I really liked, though, was that they had sex twice. The rest of the time, it was them making out and letting their feelings grow between each other.

The storyline involving Minuvel was awesome. She was a witch with a capital B and didn’t fail to pull out all the stops when he flat-out told her no. I was neutral about her at first (I mean, I would be little witchy if locked in a prison for as long as she was) but when she tortured Xastrian in the tunnels, I hated her. But she did get what was coming to her so I felt vindicated.

The storyline with the sithak was interesting. Mainly because how he was connected to both Velithor and Xastrian. I wasn’t expecting to like him that much or for him to actually care about them both. From the last book, I thought that he was a monster and I am glad that my image of the sithak was changed. I hope that he makes appearances in other books!!

The end of the book was pretty open-ended. I do have some questions that I hope will be answered in the next book. Like how will a certain engagement end up? And who is the assassin? Will the cubs stay with Velithor and Xastrian?

How many stars will I give Mage of Legend? 4

Why: I really liked this book. I couldn’t put this book down. I had to find out if Xastrian and Velithor defeat Minuvel and escape the prison. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it within a day and a half. It was that good.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex and violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Book Review: Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal’brath: Book 3) by Jennifer Amriss

Twilight's Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal'brath, #3)

Title: Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Published: September 16th, 2016

Publisher: Magelight Press

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 301

POV: 3rd person

Series: Kings of Kal’brath

Race Against the Dark – Book 1 (review here)

Healing Wounds – Book 2 (review here)

Twilight’s Children – Book 3

Where to find: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Seven years ago, an evil mage destroyed the spell keeping half the world in Twilight. Now, the spell’s effects are coming undone, and the results are devastating the ecosystem of the lower realms. Representatives meet at the Divide Estate to fix the problem, but Twilight Princess Cyranti Lorinar never shows.

On her way to the estate, an attack on Cyranti leaves her dying in the grass. But when a vampir and his gorgeous son, Danatarius, appear, they change everything. Turned into a vampir, her saviors whisk her to their Fold to complete her change. However, her second chance means she can never go home.

Trapped within the Fold, Cyranti becomes the catalyst for an ancient hatred. Proven it’s possible, the colony is determined to turn elves into vampir as revenge for being hunted. If she can’t warn her father and send the vampir to help her trapped friends, the Twilight will disappear and a war between vampir and elves will devastate Kal’brath. Can she overcome her new hunger for elven blood to avoid global disaster?

My review:

This book starts off with Princess Cyranti heading towards the Divide Estate (the same estate where Sam and Alyssa were held captive by Linholde in book 2) to fix when Linholde did when she was holding Sam and Alyssa captive….fix and restore the spell that keeps half of their world in Twilight. The spell had been unraveling in the lower realms and it was destroying the ecosystems of those who reside in the Twilight.

Only she doesn’t make it. She is attacked by an unknown person who kills her soul mount, Liria, and who slits her throat with a poisoned dagger. She is found by Kordan, the leader of the vampir, and his son, Danatarius, right as she was on the brink of death and they save her. Well, they turn her into a vampir and she is the first of her kind to be turned…if she survives the change.

Sol’kyr, Velithor, Morough, Lin’ra, Ka’lei, Tovran, Rynhon, Sam and Elan are at the estate waiting for Cyranti. When she doesn’t show up, Sol’kyr, Velithor, and Lin’ra set off to find out what happened to her while the rest stay behind and enter the estate to prepare the spell. But it doesn’t go to plan when they are suddenly trapped inside the estate with an insane elf who is called the Architect. They are made to play brutal games with him and he slowly knocks them all out until only Morough and Sam are left basically uninjured.

Cyranti survives the change and learns more about her new people. They are considered blood mages….which the elves consider evil. Dana, a natural-born vampire, goes to tell his people that she is the first elf ever turned and it doesn’t go so well. The people basically go nuts and try to attack Cyranti when she is found eavesdropping in on Dana’s speech. She escapes and hides in Dana’s room. While she is in there, she overhears that the people of the Fold are going to attack her father. She takes off, with Dana, to warn her father of the impending attack.

I will not go into the book from here on but it was really good. There is plenty of action and lots of blood. But giving that the bad guy and two of the good guys are blood mages, I really wasn’t expecting anything less.

This was a pretty clean book, sex-wise. Dana and Cyranti do soul bond BUT they do not consummate it. There was too much going on (like saving their world….lol).

The ending was what I expected and I loved it!!!

How many stars will I give Twilight’s Children: 5

Why: The perfect ending to a great trilogy!!! The author couldn’t have wrapped things up any better than what was written!!

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: No sex but a lot of violence. There are a few gruesome scenes that come to mind (etchings in acid, being boiled alive in a bathtub, being stuffed like a turkey and then cooked over a spit)

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

Book Review: Healing Wounds: Mother Book One (Kings of Kal’brath: Book 2) by Jennifer Amriss

Healing Wounds: Mother Book One (Kings of Kal'brath, #2)

Title: Healing Wounds: Mother Book One

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Published: July 7th, 2016

Publisher: Magelight Press

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 312

Series: Kings of Kal’brath

Race Against the Dark – Book 1

Healing Wounds – Book 2

Twilight’s Children – Book 3

POV: 3rd person

Where to find: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

When elven prince Elan finds human refugee Jenna in a bear trap, he abandons his father’s orders and takes Jenna and her children to a human colony for healing. The humans try to fail to repel them at the gates, but when assassins attack the colony and injure one of Jenna’s children, Elan rallies the elves to protect the colonists.

Amid the chaos, Elan falls in love not just with the children, but also with their mother. But his teacher, Linolde, wants Jenna’s new crown and will do anything to get it. When she kidnaps the children and breaks the spell keeping half the world in Twilight, Elan seeks the Forest King to stop attacking the colonies and help find his missing children. But tree nymphs are childlike, and their king is throwing an epic tantrum.

If Elan can’t convince the Forest King to find Jenna’s children, the Twilight realm will fade and send the world into chaos as the dependent beasts flee to the lower realms. Can Elan save the world, including himself?

My review:

This book takes place generations, 53 years since Mother (the Earth) decided to purge mankind from her. She was furious that humankind had desecrated her while she was asleep and her temper snapped. There were natural disasters, continents were reshaped, oceans were reshaped and humankind was just about wiped out. The elves were charged with reconstructing the earth and restoring Mother to full health. Any humans who survived the purge were rounded up by the elves and kept in colonies.

Elan is the Prince of the Summerland, son of Kennan, the King and Kennan was the elf who was at the forefront of the healing (ie reconstruction) efforts. Elan and Kennan didn’t see eye to eye on how the humans were being treated and what happened to them. Elan actually didn’t speak to his father for 53 years because of that. They reconciled when Kennan showed Elan exactly WHY the humans needed to be kept under a firm hand and kept under watch. Because they would do the same thing and the Mother would have to take drastic measures.

The story truly begins when Elan goes through a gate to what used to be Pennsylvania. Kennan wants him to plant seeds and document the humans. Almost immediately, he hears a scream and when he goes to investigate, he finds a human woman caught in a bear trap….with her children hovering near her. Fear of the elves (the little girl called him long ear) is present in the children and in the young woman but the elves are allowed to help her out of the trap. They learn that her name is Jenna and her children’s names are Sam and Alyssa. One of the elves, Linolde, objects greatly to Elan helping Jenna but she is put in her place by Elan.

They take her to the Allegheny Colony to be healed and Elan bonds with her children and learns that Jenna has been living on the outskirts of the colony. They fled her husband and the colony that she came from because her husband believed that Alyssa wasn’t his (because she didn’t look like Sam). She was beaten and stoned but managed to escape. Certain people in the colony (I believe it was her ex-husband) followed her colony to colony and would stone her. Finally, she started living in the woods and moving as soon as she found out they were at the colony she was near. So, to be honest, life sucked for her until she met Elan.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for them once they get Jenna situated into the colony. Sam is attacked by a wood nymph, Linolde is acting up and, when Jenna’s leg is healed, Elan is told by the Mother that she needs his seed to make a baby with him and that she was his mother (which was a huge ewwww moment for me) and Elan and Jenna soul bonded (which means that they are basically married in the Summerlands). They were unsure if she would survive the bonding….seeing that this is the first time that it has happened. But she does.

They (and the children) go back to tell Kennan what happened. He is overjoyed and he dotes on the children. Elan has to go back to the colony and while he is there, Kennan and Jenna are attacked. While they are being attacked, Sam and Alyssa are taken to some ruins and then they are trapped inside a magical house where they can’t get out.

The rest, well you have to read the book to find out what happens. The wood nymphs are featured heavily in the last part of the book. Lugh, the King of the wood nymphs, did remind me of a tantruming 3-year-old….lol.

The ending was perfect. All of the storylines were wrapped up in a satisfactory way and I loved seeing a certain elf getting her just dues!!!

How many stars will I give Healing Wounds? 4

Why: Another well-written fantasy by Jennifer Amriss!!! A book that I got lost in and I genuinely started to care for the characters.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why: Sex and violence

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**