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Thick as Thieves Paperback – July 8, 2013
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I am even more surprised that the book worked for me because it has sex magic and sex magic usually makes me roll my eyes and repeatedly so - but here it worked for me. It made the frequent sex at least understandable (if not always well described for my taste) and more importantly magic which is at least partially dependable on sex is a strong part of magical system in the world of the book.
I enjoyed the world building, I really enjoyed how the writer seemed to give enough attention to how different type of magic works and different type of magic users, I thought the action was well paced and fun.
I thought Vorgell and Madd were great characters, and I enjoyed their journey towards more positive feelings towards each other, even though I never thought they were enemies at the beginning. Even when they were using each other for survival I thought they were decent to each other. Just do not expect lots of fluffy bunnies in their relationship.
Madd hates everyone and doesn't trust anyone. He uses Vorgell for the magic he now possesses. And yet, Madd finds that Vorgell is growing on him. It's hard for him though, and that's understandable considering everything he's been through.
Vorgell and Madd are good together. I think Vorgell is exactly the kind of person Madd needs after all he's had to deal with in his life. I would love to see a sequel to this book because I would love to see Madd realizing just how much Vorgell means to him. I would love to see more of a romance between them after it was set up so nicely here with their partnership.
This was such an entertaining read.
I love Vorgell <3
If that right there isn't the hook that's grabbed you, I don't know what is. It promises a unicorn horn dildo, a barbarian, and a thief. What else could you possibly ask from a fantasy m/m story? Witches and Wizards? It has those too. Creative place names and adventures? Likewise. Witty one-liners and loveable characters? Done and done. You can also add adorable, deadly pets on the list. I'm not even going to complain about the female characters.
It's true that the world-building has men in somewhat a disadvantage and that most women are hostile towards Madd in the beginning, but as the story progresses the reasons are revealed. Those reasons are real, based on characterisations and the story history, not flimsy deus ex machinas.
Everyone is flawed and no one is simply the best in anything. Even Vorgell has his difficulties. They're average people by their own standards with individual fears and desires. They have limitations and rules they must follow. There's death and suffering too. And significantly fewer inappropriate erections than you'd expect from a book with a sex magic inflicted 'rooster'. That's another testament to a strong characterisation.
Don't misunderstand me, there's sex. There's all kinds of sex, but in the end it's not the driving force of the story. It's a convenient set up. One that surprises you again and again with its implications. Or maybe that's just me. I can be slow at times.
Be careful with this book. It pulls you under, makes you slightly uncomfortable--in the good way--and has you holding in your laughter. If you're lucky you're in a place where you don't have to hold it in and you can make as much noise as you want. And no, I don't think it's just me.
I highly recommend you read Thick as Thieves.