The city of New Alexandria is filled with powerful magicians-in-training and mechanical follies, the world’s largest library, and marvels beyond compare. The allure of this modern metropolis draws young people from all over the world, but Idrian has come instead for the opportunity to learn the new art of alchemy.
He’s been taken as an apprentice by Maketh, a scholar experimenting with new ways to combine technology and the ancient mystic arts. Together they’ve animated a living ice sculpture. Idrian cannot wait to unveil the sculpture alongside the other wonders at the annual Spring Festival.
After witnessing his master in a passionate embrace with another student, Idrian’s mind drifts to things beyond alchemy. And when a warm touch accidentally awakens the consciousness within the living sculpture, Idrian learns firsthand about physicality and the magic of passion.
This book was a pleasure to read. I’ve been waiting to read it since it came out. So glad I found a chance to! Raine, along with her husband Siôn create an interesting world together. It’s dubbed as fantasy with a bit of steampunk thrown in. The steampunk elements are small, but there. The fantasy is fun and I loved seeing how Idrian brought the ice sculpture to life. I wasn’t a fan of what happened immediately after. It does explain Idrian’s reluctance when Maketh and Rowe (the ice sculpture) talk as if he’s not there. I liked the ending. I would have liked to see more how Idrian and Rowe were together after Idrian accepted their relationship. But they are happy enough, and if they want to write more stories, there’s plenty of room for it. I know I’d gladly read it if they did!
Four and a half stars
About The Authors:
Raine O’Tierney lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author, Siôn O’Tierney. When she’s not writing, she’s either asleep or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers! Writing for 20+ years (with the last 10 spent on M/M) Raine changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
Siôn O’Tierney is a philosopher and gamer, but above all else, a consumer of stories. The best decision Siôn ever made was marrying his high-school sweetheart a week after graduation. (For the stories, and the sweet, sweet author monies.) These days, Siôn lives in Kansas City with his wife and writing partner, Raine O’Tierney. His free time is spent editing and walking the family’s long-haired dachshund, Iron Klaus (maybe that’s not free time after all).
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