THE SEER by Rowan McAllister
Fiction, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Blurb: For the past ten years, smuggling magic users safely out of Brotherhood-controlled Rassa has been the only thing keeping Dakso Kavalyan going. But with his funding cut and rumors of impending civil war, his orders from the Mage’s High Council are clear: his final mission is information gathering only. No rescuing even one more hunted soul. Daks has never been great at following orders. When he stumbles upon a Seer spouting prophecy in front of one of the hated brothers, he can’t just walk away. Ravi never asked to be rescued, nor did he ask for the Visions plaguing his life and endangering everyone he’s ever cared about. The last thing he needs is a reckless brute crashing into his carefully laid plans. Seems the gods have other ideas. As Daks and Ravi flee the city together, their reluctant alliance blooms into something more, but trials, bad luck, and Daks’s infuriating penchant for finding trouble dog their every move. Will trusting this reckless rogue with his heart and his life be the worst decision Ravi’s ever made… or the best?
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. Though it is part three of a series, you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to know exactly what’s going on and why. The author does an amazing job with world-building and the characters are well-done too. I’m not in love with the cover, but I didn’t select it for the cover art. The story intrigued me enough to choose it. This is a story full of magic, wizards, supernatural beings, and more. It’s a really good high fantasy story with strong romance in it. Or maybe a decent romance centered around a fantasy. Daks and Ravi start out fighting each other and end up in love while trying to get Ravi to safety. There’s also a side romance between Daks’ partner Shura and her love interest Fara. So lots of romance going on. My favorite character, though, was Horse. Yep, they named the horse, Horse. He is definitely interesting. Okay, I wasn’t all that into the sex (three heavy scenes), but the rest of the story was very well done and definitely held my interest. I can’t wait to read more in this series. I hope there’s more!
Recommendation: M/M and F/F romance with a strong high fantasy and a horse who’s more than he seems. Great world building too. All this makes for a fascinating read. Pick this one up for a good story.
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