- File Size: 2216 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626497508
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BYF6F7J
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I LOVE IT!!!
Veier is so deserving of all the happiness he got after being a slave for years. I love how their love grew up with time!
The plot revolves around bear shifter Veier, who has spent five years magically enslaved by an evil king. When his rule is overthrown by invaders, they aren’t sure what to do with Veier, since he has been abused to the point where he has descended into savagery. The king’s brother Elrid, a mage and healer, asks to have the opportunity to help Veier recover his human side and is given responsibility for his rehabilitation. Although the trauma he has experienced has damaged him, Veier does come to trust Elrid and begins to heal. As the two spend time together, deeper feelings start to grow, but what future is there for a prince and a damaged bear shifter?
Most of the story involves Veier overcoming the demons of his abuse. Veier basically has post-traumatic stress disorder; he reacts with violence when he feels threatened and suffers from night terrors. Elrid finds ways to help him, and Veier eventually returns the favor when Elrid is attacked by men who resent his brother's rule.
Their romantic relationship really doesn’t manifest until the final chapters, so readers who are looking for a book that foregrounds romance and sexy times might not be satisfied. For all the violence of Veier’s actions, this is really more of a sweet story of growing affection between two men.
It probably won’t be to everyone’s taste, but readers who enjoy books featuring shifters and hurt/comfort stories might want to give this book a try.
A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.
This was such a beautiful story, sort of an adult fairy tale, but please don’t think that that means it was without substance, because it did, it had it in spades. I captured a feeling reading this book that I haven’t felt since being a child and first developed a love of reading. The story took me away to somewhere old and magical and I was completely enveloped in this strange land. What I got was wonderful tale of friendship and love in a magnificent setting. I hadn’t read this author before and it’s only the second shifter book I’ve picked up but I’ll definitely be looking at more of the author’s works in the future. I love the feeling this book gave me and I was utterly enchanted all the way through.
Magic Runs Deep is a SLOW burn romance, with the bulk of the novella spent developing a cautious trust and friendship between Veier and Elrid and following Veier’s recovery after being enslaved in his bear form for 5 years by a ruthless king. While I appreciated the attention to Veier’s personal development and thought the slower relationship made sense given the circumstances, I did expect there to be more romance and time with the two men as a couple. I’m hopeful I’ll get the chance to see these two in a future book though. I think fans of shifter fantasies will enjoy this book, but I’d definitely caution readers to expect more of a story about the unique characters rather than a steamy love story.
*eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
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