Will of the Magus

Emily Veinglory
Will of the Magus
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August 2012
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance

The walled town of Murrin Mere is suffering under siege. A young prince Auri turns to his tutor for guidance. The tutor, a Magus called Sterling, says they can use blood magic to defend the town. Sterling thinks only pain will feed his powers, by Auri thinks that other sensations might serve in its place, and in the privacy of the Magus's tower, he takes the opportunity to prove it.

Together they must fight enemies and find allies to somehow survive the inevitable attack, but these two are increasingly hard to tell apart and the two lovers find it almost impossible even to trust each other. Auri and Sterling are unavoidably separated by their promises and their obligations to others. After everything that they have achieved together, will the last thing they have to sacrifice be love?

Note:This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.

Book Review by Lana A (reviewer)
Sep 18, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
186 people found the following review helpful
THE WILL OF THE MAGUS is a book for people who enjoy a plot in a male romance book. Well written, it has the reader turning pages and it holds some surprises in how it's all resolved. Can a king and a magus really have a future together?

Romance takes a second to the twist of magic and battles to save a small kingdom from its destruction by mercenaries. Price Auri is one of the few who have contact with the magus Sterling, who is the only defense that stands between the downfall of his town and the army camping outside the town gates. The holding up of the defense, a magical wall that won't let all the mercenaries pass, has its price and takes it toll from the magus. He could manage so far by using a rare magical artifact and that wants a sacrifice.

Sterling is the last one left from his guild, since it was disbanded, because their way to gain power had a high price, it was achieved through pain and not by always by one's own. Sterling is ready to sacrifice himself for the town and the prince he secretly loves but even that may not be enough to save them all. After a surprise attack and old enemies emerging and the king dead, Auri and his sister have no choice but to seek new alliances.

THE WILL OF THE MAGUS has an interesting plot, a siege and a town running out of time.
The three main protagonists are Sterling, the magus who holds up the defense shield but is also distrusted by the court. Then there is Auri, the prince torn between duty and love, because to save his city, he may need to sacrifice Sterling. Petil is a strong young woman and Auri's sister, ready to do whatever has to be done to save their home.

I really like how Auri's sister Petil was portrayed in this book. She wasn't cowering behind someone but fighting and holding her own in the face of danger, and actually, she was a better choice for a ruler than her brother, in my opinion. The plot mainly resolves around the issue of defeating the enemy forces and on the different alliances and battles to accomplish this, and while that is interesting and I cannot believe I'm saying this, but I miss some good sexual tension and had hoped to see more of a romantic development after they managed to defend themselves.

I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I might have if they were the focus of this story but things happened fast at the end and slugged in the middle. There was not enough suspense and this might be because some events the reader was told of happened like what was agreed with the Iseults. One was thrown in the middle of the siege with little introduction and even less explanation to the world building and I missed that.
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