Devin Harnois
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October Night Publishing
Release Date
March 2019
Book 1 of Paladin Charm
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

Marius Everhart is something even mages fear — a shadowmancer. His power marks him as cursed, a creature belonging to the Queen of Shadows. Marius escaped her realm with his memories corrupted and his sanity in tatters, managing to live a fragile, lonely existence at the edges of society.

Some might call Ayodele Sauveterre delusional. He prefers the term "optimistic". With his homeland in danger from invasion, Ayodele will do anything to protect it, even recruit a shadowmancer. Marius's incredible power and gentle nature make him a perfect addition to Paladin Charm, a new mage guild dedicated to helping rather than exploiting the non-magical populace. The fact that handsome Marius also warms Ayodele's bed is a wonderful bonus.

With support from Ayodele and his new friends in the guild, Marius begins to heal. He's also quickly falling for the alluring mage, but Ayodele struggles with what's forming between them. Past experience left Ayodele flippant but guarded, and Marius's open honesty unnerves him.

As they grow closer, Paladin Charm prepares for a battle with impossible odds. And in the darkness, the Queen of Shadows waits to reclaim Marius and drag him back into a nightmare.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Mar 07, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
62 people found the following review helpful
SHADOWMANCER is the first book in the Paladin Charm series, and we meet Marius, the Shadowmancer in question. He was human, until he was taken by the Queen of Shadows. She changed him, and he now has more power than he knows what to do with. He is a gentle soul who is struggling with the loneliness his powers bring. Along comes Ayo, someone who has had a very different upbringing, but his heart is in the right place... most of the time.

This was a fantastic introduction to this world of city-states and denim trousers! The world-building was enough to satisfy for the first book in the series, whilst still leaving room for more. The characters are all brilliant, and I loved learning more about them at the same time they learned themselves.

A fantastic introduction, and I can't wait to read more. Absolutely recommended by me.
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