Genre: Fantasy

THE SCHOLAR’S HEART by Antonia Aquilante

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THE SCHOLAR’S HEART by Antonia AquilanteThe Scholar's Heart by Antonia Aquilante
Series: Chronicles of Tournai #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

 

Lord Etan, the younger brother of Duke Cathal and cousin to the monarch of Tournai, spends his days assisting Prince Phillip and his consort, Prince Amory.  When he’s not working for them he uses his time researching in the Palace library.  Many subjects fascinate Etan, in particular the family bloodline’s special and secret Talent.  Etan has plenty of spare time since the man he gave his heart to will never be within reach.

 

Prince Amory has known Tristan since childhood and he became a regular fixture in the palace after Amory’s marriage to the Prince.  Introduced to Lord Etan they quickly became fast friends, but everything changed when Tristan’s father took ill.  Suddenly the young man was expected to run the family’s extensive businesses.  What was harder to bear was his father’s insistence on arranging a marriage for his son.

 

Reluctantly agreeing to the wedding Tristan lost his father soon after and then months later his young wife died in childbirth.  Through it all Tristan missed his friendship with Etan, never realizing why the young lord had backed out of his life.  Faced with a newborn daughter and a busy career Tristan is nonetheless incensed when his mother insists he remarry and father more heirs.

 

Trying to juggle everything Tristan made time to visit his old friend and began to see Etan in a new light.  He found that Etan gave him the strength to cope.  Dealing with his mother was becoming more and more difficult, but that was nothing compared to the discovery that his infant daughter has been kidnapped.  Together Tristan and Etan will find baby Bria and uncover a secret plot intent on destroying them all.

 

Author Antonia Aquilante takes readers back to the lands of Tournai, to the loves and the lives of some singularly special, Talented people.  Rich in detail and well developed characterizations, The Scholar’s Heart is an emotionally fraught romance true to the previous books.  Etan and Tristan allow others to carry them forward until finally, they take the reins and the responsibility.  Weaving several plotlines within the story everything ties together by the exciting climax.  Fans will love their return to Tournai. This series should be read in order to fully appreciate the characters dynamics.  Dive into The Scholar’s Heart where mysteries, engaging characters, and an excellent storyline can be embraced.

 

THE WINTER PRINCE by R. Cooper

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THE WINTER PRINCE by R. CooperThe Winter Prince by R. Cooper
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

 

In childhood Kisin Bey and Razin were the very best of friends, sharing adventures and mischief in equal measure.  As they grew into men everything changed.  Friendship evolved into something much deeper though neither were strong enough to say the words.

 

Prince Kisin Bey accepted his responsibilities and became the Captain of the Immortal Guard for the next ruler of Pansan, his sister Ceren Beygum.  As for Razin his gifts were revealed and became the apprentice to the palace wizard.

 

During training exercises in the mountains Kisin made a wish.  With the appearance of an all powerful Pari, the strongest of wizards, his wish was granted.  Unable to handle the yearnings he felt Kisin wished his heart away.

 

Three years have passed since that fateful meeting.  Where his heart once beat and kept his body warm ice now forms.  In essence the prince is dying and won’t last another winter.  Apathy has replaced emotion.  Kisin no longer cares whether he lives or dies.  But someone does care and he will do everything possible to save his prince.  Razin will find the Pari and make Kisin whole once more.

 

The Winter Prince is a rich blend of fantasy, unrequited love, and drama.  Prince Kisin and the wizard Razin take readers on an angst ridden adventure where moments of happiness are few and far between.  This unique story is laid out somewhat like an old fashioned fable with detail and imagination.  For Kisin and Razin, love is truly blind.

 

THE ARTIST’S MASQUERADE by Antonia Aquilante

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THE ARTIST’S MASQUERADE by Antonia AquilanteThe Artist's Masquerade by Antonia Aquilante
Series: Chronicles of Tournai #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM

Tournai is a peaceful thriving country ruled by Prince Phillip and his consort Prince Amory.  The recent birth of their son Prince Julien has solidified the family succession.  Known for their exquisite glassmaking, as well as other talents, the Prince is well aware that the Emperor of Ardunn who has gobbled up other small countries has his eye on Tournai.  There is no question spies from Ardunn are somewhere close.

 

Cousin to Prince Phillip and son of Duke Umber, Lord Cathal finds himself in a precarious position.  He loves his royal cousin and has always been a dutiful son, but his father’s recent announcement has left Cathal speechless.  Duke Umber has contracted a marriage between Cathal and Lady Velia, cousin to the Emperor of Ardunn, without Prince Phillip’s knowledge.

 

When Lady Velia’s ship arrives with her aunt, uncle, and her poor relation Lady Flavia, the entourage is invited to stay at the Prince’s residence in the capital city of Jumelle.  Cathal is ready to bite the bullet so to speak and marry Lady Velia, yet there is something about Flavia that intrigues the lord.  He can’t quite put his finger on it, but she’s far more interesting than his betrothed.  Between his confusion over his bride to be, Flavia, and uncovering the spy ring Cathal has his hands full.  He’s about to get quite a bit more than he bargained for…

 

Author Antonia Aquilante pens a lush blend of romance, drama, and sensual tension with The Artist’s Masquerade.  Readers plunge into a rich fantasy with captivating characters and a dynamic plotline.  A good deal of suspense adds another layer to the fascinating story.  Enjoy unraveling the mystery of these characters in The Artist’s Masquerade.  Just the right amount of humor finishes it off perfectly.

STASIS by Kim Fielding

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STASIS by Kim FieldingStasis by Kim Fielding
Series: Ennek Trilogy #1
Published by DSP Publications Genres: Fantasy, MM

The city-state of Praesidium is considered one of the most powerful and profitable in all the known lands.  Their success is in large part due to strict laws and rules which the Chief and the wizard carry out.  The current Chief is a no nonsense, rigid widower with two sons, his heir Larkin and Ennek, the spare.  Thelius is their powerful, secretive wizard.  Law breakers become bond-slaves, the more heinous criminals are sent into Stasis, a deathlike state.

 

For the most part once Ennek completed his studies he was left to his own devices, especially after his mother’s suicide.  As a young man Ennek spent most of his time drinking and gambling.  Well aware that relations between men is strictly forbidden he’s chosen to forgo any relationship altogether.

 

Ennek finally finds purpose in life when Larkin assigns him the responsibility of Portmaster for their city-state.  His days are filled with business rather than trouble.  At last Ennek has a worthy purpose.  The only difficulty in his life is the dreams of Stasis he cannot control.  Less than a handful of times Ennek has witnessed those in Stasis.  One in particular stands out to him, the prisoner has even opened his eyes and moved which should be impossible.  His decision to retrieve the prisoner has repercussions that cost Ennek more than he can spare.  His soul and that of the prisoner Miner.  All will be required of them both in the end.

 

Author Kim Fielding lays the foundation for a fantastical alternative world that alternates with wonder and chills.  Ennek’s story rings with conviction whether he’s a wastrel or a hero.  Stasis thoroughly entertains.  This reality comes alive, between Ennek and the other characters, as well as the rich, descriptive storyline Stasis literally breathes itself into the pages.  There is an overwhelming sense of tension, angst, and the spirit to succeed in Stasis.  Absolutely riveting.  But beware, there is a cliffhanger.

SOUL SEEKERS by Jake C. Wallace

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SOUL SEEKERS by Jake C. WallaceSoul Seekers by Jake C. Wallace
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM

Levi Reed has never had an easy life.  From his earliest memories onward Levi’s been unable to feel emotions like everyone else. Sometimes he gets fleeting blips but never anything like the rest of the people in his life.  It’s as if Levi has been drained of all feeling.   The world is always in shades of gray.

 

What emotions he has comes in the form of depression and debilitating panic attacks.  If it wasn’t for the love of his big brother Logan and his best friend Gia there’d be no reason for Levi to bother with the struggle.  Logan has always had his back no matter the situation and as for Gia, they’ve known each other since elementary school.  The little Italian spitfire never lets Levi down.

 

After high school Levi managed to get a full scholarship at a college several hours away, but it all crashed and burned within months.  It was too difficult for Levi to be around so many people and the crush of their emotions.  The one bright spot was his friendship with Dr. Winters, a professor who continued to keep in touch even after Levi returned home.   Refusing to give up completely Levi is taking classes at the nearby community college where Gia attends.

 

A sudden burst in panic attacks proves to be the least of his recent problems.  A fellow student, Noah Macy is being too pushy and a stranger is following him.  When he finally answers Dr. Winter’s request for a visit Levi comes face to face with his shadow, one Jeb Monroe.  The doctor and his stalker fill his mind with bizarre information about Seers and Keepers.  A new world has opened up for Levi and the more he hears the more he’s in danger.  If he believes what he’s being told Levi is in grave danger and everything apparently hinges on his very soul.

 

An intriguing and unique story is told in Soul Seekers.  Sometimes dark, always intense Soul Seekers challenges readers with an original plotline.  The bonds of brotherhood and friendship, as well as a burgeoning romance are the glue holding this tale together.  Both Levi and Jeb flounder with feelings they are ill equipped to handle.  For one it’s the first love and the other a hardened heart is cracking open.  The primary plotline involving souls, Seekers, Keepers, and the rest is unfortunately sometimes difficult to decipher.  It’s frustrating at times because it’s so important to the plotline, but the relationships Levi has with Logan, Gia, his father, and Jeb keeps Soul Seekers alive.

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