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A Touch of Fever (Arcane Hearts Book 1) Kindle Edition
What do you do when you can’t cast spells? You make your own magic.
Jackson Pryde was never great at wielding magic. Instead, he works as an artificer, crafting enchanted devices in the Black Market, a shadowy bazaar of wonders. But Xander Wright, the mouthy, pretentious mage next door, hates all the hammering in Jackson’s workshop.
When a chance assignment forces them to team up, they discover a terrifying predicament. Something is driving members of the magical community into murderous rages. Jackson and Xander must combine might and magic to find the source of the Fever and stop it. Can they put aside their differences long enough to end the Fever, or will they succumb to its bloodthirsty curse?
A Touch of Fever is a 70,000-word M/M urban fantasy romance with a HFN ending. Join a fast-talking artificer and a snarky sorcerer, best friends turned bitter enemies, as they navigate an adventure filled with strange flora, mythical fauna, and magical murders. If you like your urban fantasy with humor, horror, and a whole lot of heart, you’ve come to the right place. Experience A Touch of Fever today.
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The Gauntlet, one of Jackson's inventions.
About the author
After publishing over 20 novels, urban fantasy author Nazri Noor is infusing his brand of humor, horror, and heart with a touch of romance.
Expect rip-roaring urban fantasy adventures filled with magic and mythology, grit and glamor, and a healthy side helping of steam. Nazri Noor is also the author of the following series:
- Darkling Mage
- Sins of the Father
- Infernal Inheritance
- Vampire Vigilante
Let the Black Market fulfill your every wish.
But what would you be willing to pay?
Plumb the depths of the Black Market, a shadowy parallel dimension that travels the known earth to peddle its enchanted wares. Uncover an underground bazaar teeming with magical artifacts and bizarre creatures. Discover the ancient guilds. Stand toe to toe with the gods themselves.
Explore a new world. Fall in love.
Indulge in the arcane arts. Unlock Arcane Hearts. Experience A Touch of Fever.
- Opposites attract, forced proximity, found family
- HFN endings always guaranteed
- No cliffhangers, just edge-of-your-seat action
- Mythical gods and creatures
- A shadowy bazaar of wonders
- Power-hungry magical guilds
- Eerie otherworldly threats
Whole worlds to discover!
Arcane Hearts is the first romance entry in the interconnected Arcane Underground universe. Over 20 more non-romance novels to devour!
- ASIN : B09961ZTCD
- Publication date : September 10, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5643 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 334 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,614 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A Touch of Fever is the first in the Arcane Hearts series. Jackson Pryde is the last of the artificers. He has been orphaned early on and is living in the Black Market - a magical, travelling dimension. Both of his parents were very gifted artificers - people with minimal arcane/magical gift that creates tools/machines that can enhance magical abilities and grant its users additional powers. However, upon their death the once thriving trade slowly died leaving Jackson the only person who can continue their legacy. Xander Wright is the mouthy, talented and a bit snotty neighbor who was also Jackson's childhood friend once upon a time. However, due to Xander exhibiting strong gifts in magic, he went to attend an elite school and lost touch with his friend resulting in a very strained relationship down the line. However, a mission that required the two to work together brought them closer, rekindled that friendship and made them discover their attraction for each other.
I loved a lot of things in this book - the worldbuilding is interesting with its mix of a magical, travelling marketplace, the guilds that organize people with various complex arcane skills, the various mythical creatures that inhabit the place including one snarky griffon who loves his chicken. It has its own social hierarchy with those having the gift of magic mostly near the top of the food-chain. It has its own shady side which we had a glimpse of when our main protagonists had a dealing with the law-enforcement. The implied over-arching arc of Jackson awakening or discovering his gift especially after Hecate has mentioned it later on in the story is intriguing.
The characters are fun and likeable though admittedly they do suffer from a lack of character development. The story does give Xander and Jackson some growth individually as they meet the challenges and obstacles in their way, but at times they merely feel like narrators of their own story, observers at times due to long internal monologues and inner musings. The chemistry between the two is there but their romance felt almost like insta-love with how fast their relationship jumped from being frenemies to lovers in a short span of time.
The story gives that new adult fiction vibe with the tone of its writing and how the protagonists were portrayed with both of them teetering from being mature at one moment then being a bit childish and immature the next minute. Overall though, A Touch of Fever is good start to this new series. It has some fun, engaging characters and an interesting world and magical system to explore. I'd give this 4 stars out of 5.
I received an ARC of this book via GRR and I have chosen to publish my fair and honest review.
I enjoyed my time with these characters and this universe. Noor does an excellent job creating a world we want to know more about, especially the Black Market. It’s a place that moves itself, it’s new destination known only to itself. What a exciting concept.
Our main characters, which I think will grow over the next couple of books to include a sort of found family, is especially fascinating. We have a mage with a haunting future, Xander Wright. Our main hero, the artificer Jackson Pryde, who just might be something more. We have a witch Beatrice and a Guardian who I’ll let you read about. That’s part of the story.
There’s a small quest, a bigger mystery, some murders, and finally a larger adventure looming on the horizon.
If there wasn’t some on the page sex, very hot btw, I’d say this was the perfect YA series.
Noor has written terrific relatable characters, one’s dealing with issues of self worth, family responsibilities, the burden of duty, the pain of loss, and inadequacy. It’s tough being young sometimes. And Noor captures that.
Which is why I think that it’s a YA novel is everything but that it has sex scenes . It’s a terrific story either way.
I’m definitely on my way to the next in the series. And recommending this book now.
Arcane Hearts series:
- [x] A Touch of Fever #1
- [ ] A Stroke of Brilliance #2
- [ ] An Iron Fist #3
- [ ] A Velvet Glove #4
Top reviews from other countries
Jackson is an artificer and is hanging on my his fingertips as this is a dying art. Not having much magic of his own his creations work to amplify small amounts of magic to big actions. His once best friend and now contentious neighbour, Xander, is instead a powerful mage who looks down on his artificing. The two find themselves hired to collect a mysterious flower whereupon their mix of magic and brawn is needed to collect this flower from a precarious position. It reminds them of how they once connected well as they work very well together and begin to revisit a friendship lost and possibly something more.
While Xander and Jackson are repairing their relationship things are heating up in the Black Market they live in. There is a connection to what they were working on before and even a possible threat to them and their friends if they don't figure out what is going on.
It is a bit difficult at first to get a feeling for what exactly the Black Market is like. It is an unusual place in being both a market and an entire realm to live in. The description for it is a bit rocky at first and it seems that there will still be much to learn about this world.
A great start off for a series and a really fun read!