Series: Secrets of Socendor

RETRIBUTION by Mychael Black

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RETRIBUTION by Mychael BlackRetribution by Mychael Black
Series: Secrets of Socendor #3
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-04-22
Genres: Erotica, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

From the ashes of war emerges a fiery love. Secrets of Socendor, Book 3Already despised as a half-elf, half-human lithing, exiled king Braen must face the destruction he has wrought. By resurrecting his father, he has unleashed a terrible evil upon the land. His only hope to save his people is to join forces with elves and humans, his traditional enemies. Which makes his undeniable desire for the human captain Jéan Bastien intolerable. With the land of Socendor’s fate hanging in the balance, dealing with his lust for Braen is the last thing Jéan needs. Not only because Braen’s a lithing, but because Jéan has never before desired a man. Yet their magnetic attraction draws them together even as war drives them apart. Time has run out for the people of Socendor. Led by General Kalen Ysindroc, Braen’s half brother, and his elven lover, wizard Micheil Thierauf, the united band of elves, lithings, and men march on Sunderlind, though their numbers are too few. As dragons darken the skies and arrows fly, love and loyalty must win the day...or darkness will reign forever. Warning: This book contains explicit scenes of love between men, some tender, some not; bloody, frightening warfare; heartbreak...and hope.

The lithings were forced into exile, pushed onto lands unable to sustain life for any prolonged period of time.  Watching his people suffer and die lithing King Braen Vondrasek brought back his father from the dead, powerful wizard King Breasal in order to retake the lands of Socendor.  He thought he had enough power to control Breasal, unfortunately he didn’t.


As the war rages between Breasal and the rest of Socendor, Braen does everything he can to back those opposed to his wizard father knowing that forgiveness is something he will have to earn.  Braen unites with his half brother General Kalen Ysindroc and his lover elf wizard Micheil Thierauf to aid the cause.


Towns are destroyed and so many lives are lost.  Truths are revealed.  Only by making difficult choices and decisions can they survive and have a chance at defeating the dark wizard.  Braen fights for his people.  He also fights for the right to call his half brother’s second, Captain Jean Bastien his own.  The end is in sight or the beginning…


The climactic battle between good and evil reaches a showdown.  Retribution pulls no punches in this action packed adventure.  The large cast of characters and the intricate plotline comes to head in the pages of Retribution, the third book in the Secrets of Socendor.  Battles, blood, and death – no one character is exempt in the end.  This series must be read in order, too much going on and too many people to sort out otherwise.  Retribution is a big story with a satisfying ending.

DRAGONBLADE by Mychael Black

DRAGONBLADE by Mychael BlackDragonblade by Mychael Black
Series: Secrets of Socendor #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-07-02
Genres: Fantasy, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

Winning this battle requires a faith stronger than steel...Secrets of Socendor, Book 2Legends tell of a dragon-forged weapon so powerful, it possesses the ability to traverse time itself. Knowing the havoc it could wreak, the dragons sealed it deep beneath the mountains. No one was meant to find it, let alone wield it. General Kalen Ysindroc, leader of the human king’s armies and the long-lost son of Socendor’s most feared wizard-king of old, is in a race against time. His half brother, Braen, is searching for the sword as a means to return their father from the grave. Kalen must not let that happen. Joined by his elven lover, wizard Micheil Thierauf, he sets out on a journey beneath the mountains to stop Braen from doing the unthinkable. As secrets come to light that test Kalen’s faith in every way possible, including his trust in the man he’s loved nearly all his life, the right path is as clouded as the murky, dragon-blood-tainted waters of the Ebon Sea. And Kalen is forced to make a decision that could very well be his last. Warning: This book contains treason and treachery, magic and steel, clawed behemoths, and secrets no man should ever keep from his lover.

Seating half sister Vanya, the rightful Elven Queen upon the throne was not an easy task for General Kalen Ysindroc, but it was the right one.  With the aid of Kalen’s lover elven wizard Micheil Thierauf and their men Vanya takes the place of a treacherous queen bent on destruction.

Word comes to Kalen and Micheil that the human King Andiron is in need of their help.  Princess Sherie is missing and the worst is feared.  At the same time Kalen learns that his half brother Braen, lord of the lithings is searching for a famed sword able to change destiny.  Finding the princess is the priority though the more they uncover in their search the more they are convinced the two are entwined.  Bottom line, the clock is ticking and there’s no time to waste.

Dragonblade takes readers to a fantastical world of elves and dragons, humans and destiny.  As the story unfolds each character discovers unknown family ties whether good or bad that need to be explored.  The Secrets of Socendor series definitely needs to be read in order to truly understand the characters and what is going on with them.  Author Mychael Black deftly imagines another original world where drama and action go hand in hand with the balance of good and evil.  Step into another place with Dragonblade.


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