Reviewed by Sarina
SERIES: Aberrant Magic #2
AUTHOR: Lyn Gala
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
LENGTH: 207 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2016
Darren and Kavon have committed to each other, but magical rules are changing and that tests the strength of their bond. The death of a prominent Egyptian shaman and the shadowy remains of O’Brien’s conspiracy to kill adepts and steal their magic also pressure the new couple. Kavon is determined to protect his partner through these storms, but he is also painfully aware of his own tendency to hover. And as Darren is quick to point out, he is an armed federal agent who won’t allow Kavon to keep him off the front lines. Making the relationship even more difficult, the spirit guides who offered their loyalty have their own hopes and needs. The world is changing, and Darren’s spirit guide pushes them to find the right path to navigate. However, Kavon has never enjoyed being pressured, and he is particularly uncomfortable walking into a situation he doesn’t understand. Worse, the longer he knows Darren and his guide, the more confused Kavon becomes about how magic even works. The two men must pull together or the forces moving in the shadows threaten to destroy them before they have any chance at happiness.
I am so officially in love with this series. <3 After the events of the previous book, Deductions, Darren and Kavon are still exploring what it means to be bonded while working on the cases that come their way. A string of bad luck has their professional life suffering, however, as their close rates are dropping and less people are willing to work with them as a result. A mysterious death at the Egyptian Embassy sends the two men on what Kavon believes is a waste of time investigation but nothing is as it seems and a trip to speak to the woman’s spirit provides more questions than answers. With foreign shamans and a nosy council looking over their shoulders, Kavon and Darren are going to have to be extra careful if they plan on making it out of this situation alive.
*hums happily* These books are just so good! I just love how the author manages to weave all the different elements present in the story into one cohesive whole. The plot itself was excellent and managed to tie the previous book with this one while exploring other problems, both mentioned previously and unknown until now. You also get more insights into the shamanistic side of magic but some of that only raised more questions that I hope will be addressed in the next book in the series. I’m personally really hoping that the bond between Darren and his guide will be discussed more, especially after the revelations that took place in Derivation.
Kavon and Darren were still great together and its nice to see that being bonded hasn’t changed their work dynamic overmuch. Their chemistry is still amazing and the bedroom scenes were nice and diverse which made them enjoyable to read. And hot. They were hot, too. 😀 There wasn’t as much action over the course of the story as there was in the previous book but there was enough to keep the overall pace going as well as keeping me entertained. Things left off in a great place, as well, and with everything that has happened in the series, I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next! If you’re looking for a good urban fantasy to read, I recommend checking this one out but, as these books are best read in order, go give Deductions a look first; you won’t regret either one.