Sasha L. Miller
What rating would you give it?
3.75/4 of 5 Stars
Give us a summary.
Carter Bellwood’s family has Earth-claimed the Bellwood territory for generations and they’ve always had an excess of Earth energy to back it up. Until Carter, whose energy is barely a fraction of that his mother has. But he’s the only Earth wizard in his generation and set to inherit the territory—if there’s anything left of it. The territory is being ravaged by a disease that kills all plant life it comes into contact with. They can’t cure it, can barely contain it, can only watch as their territory turns into a barren landscape.
Then a new Earth wizard shows up. Tai is everything Carter is not when it comes to the strength of his magic, and more importantly he knows how to cure the disease. But he’s also terrified and clearly on the run from something, and Carter’s not sure Tai’s help is worth the risk of him trying to stake his own claim on the territory—or the risk that whatever he’s running from finds him…
What did you think of the book?
I honest to goodness enjoyed this story.
I found the world-building satisfying enough, although I would have liked more of it.
The pacing was good, a little slow at times, but still okay. I actually didn’t find this story boring like some readers did. It was actually kind of refreshing actually to see a real “slice of life” kinda story revolving around earth elementals that didn’t involve them fighting monsters or being warrior elves or being super badass or anything like that. Just… regular folk who take care of their territories, people, and land.
There was just enough intrigue about who Tai was and his mysterious power tho keep the story from getting truly boring or dragged out. (Although I do wish had been explained as to WHY…)
Plus the friendship and relationship between Tai and Carter was worth it. Much more believable than some of these insta-love situations M/M books are so often guilty of.
So yeah. That’s my take on it. Definitely one I’ll revisit at a later date to see how I still feel about it. For now? I’m loving it.
Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?
Nothing particularly out of the ordinary.
One of the main characters gets hit by a car, but y’know. No big deal. (His words, not mine! xD)
Does it count towards any reading challenges?
Tons and tons, per usual.
- 2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge
- You Read How Many Books?
- 52 Books in 52 Weeks
- Read A Million Pages
- 105 Reading Challenge (Category: 1, 3, 4, 5: Green)
- 2015 New To You Reading Challenge (Brand New 2015 Title)
- NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- Ethereal 2015 (Magic, Earth Wizardry)
- 2015 LGBT Challenge (MM/B/OTHER)
Would you recommend this book?
Yeah, I’d say so. But I’d warn that if you don’t like books that don’t have action driving them or if you get bored easily, this might not be the book for you. The biggest issue with this book for me (besides the anti-climate ending) was that there were more than enough slow moments. I know that’s a deal-breaker for many readers, so just be aware.
Otherwise, enjoy! 🙂
Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)
|Publisher: Les Than Three Press
Publication Date: March 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Genre & Themes: Fantasy, M/M Romance,
Bisexual/Gay Sexualities, Magic, Elemental
Powers, Wizard, Diseased Lands
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (156),
52 Books in 52 Weeks, You Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages, 105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,