Author: Ravon Silvius
Publisher: eXtasy Books
American release date: April 15, 2013
Format/Genre/Length: E-book/M/M Steampunk Romance/95 pages
Overall Personal Rating: ★★★★★
The world is divided between mages—those who are able to practice magic—and the talentless, who cannot. War has brought the mages into positions of power over the talentless. The mages are the haves, while the talentless are the have-nots.
Kenneth Victeni is a noble mage, whose father, Lord Victeni, is the most powerful battlemage around. Kenneth’s interests don’t lie with war, though. He prefers alchemy, which he is studying at the magi collegiate, where he will shortly graduate.
Necessity brings Kenneth to the talentless slums. He requires a piece of steel for an experiment in class the next day. Inside the shop, he finds himself at the mercy of the shopkeeper with a bad attitude. Kenneth suspects he’s been ripped off on the price, but what can he do? He takes his steel and goes.
Back on his horse once more, an encounter with a small mechanical object spooks his steed and Kenneth is thrown. The man who inadvertently caused his spill rushes to his rescue. Kenneth can’t help but notice how good-looking he is. The man, whose name is Thorn, offers to buy Kenneth a meal and, for reasons unknown to himself, he agrees. During the meal, Thorn reveals that Kenneth has indeed been cheated and offers to find what Kenneth needs and bring it to him at the collegiate. Kenneth is skeptical but he agrees. With the weather changing for the worse, though, he doubts he’ll see the man again.
Why is Thorn acting so mysterious? And someone else is visiting the slums, someone who also has a magic signature. Who can it be and why is he there?
This is the first book in the Enforcers series, and my very first time reading this author. It won’t be the last, by any means. I enjoyed this book immensely, watching Kenneth and Thorn meet, observing their mutual attraction grow, and seeing how they handle certain innate class prejudices on both sides. Thorn has an interesting secret, which Kenneth doesn’t deal with well, at first. And then there is the issue of a lifemate. When a mage finds his lifemate, his power is greatly enhanced. But only two mages can be lifemates—or can they?
The sex was hot, and I loved getting to know Kenneth and Thorn. I bought all four books in the series, so I’ll be writing more reviews. I hope there will be lots more books!
A great read, well done, hot and exciting—a truly enjoyable love story.