Reviewed by Dan
SERIES: The Aisling Trilogy
AUTHOR: Carole Cummings
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
LENGTH: 354 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation?
When he set out to escort the prisoner Wilfred Calder back to Putnam, Constable Dallin Brayden didn’t anticipate the political betrayal and malicious magic threatening their lives at every turn. To his surprise, he slips into the role of protector—and it’s more than duty compelling him to ensure Wil’s safety as they’re haunted by strange dreams. But does Wil dare put himself in the hands of a man he believes wants him dead?
Wil’s past weighs heavily on him, tainting his perceptions as he struggles his way through a tangle of lies. With both will and magic as his weapons, he fights desperately for survival—and his soul. For the Aisling is coveted by more than the Guild and the Brethren; ancient gods and soul-eating spirits also want what lives within him. His only chance might be Dallin and his goddess, the Mother, who Wil has been taught to despise above all others.
Here we are with the second of three installments in this series. The blurb on this one tells you a lot about the story, so I’m not going to give you much on that end. I’ll start by saying that I’m really enjoying this story, and the development of both Dallin’s and Wil’s characters, as well as the new characters we meet along the way in this installment. I liked how the author brought the characters into contact with the real Wilfred Calder’s family members, and I can’t wait to see where that will all lead.
Both Dallin and Wil are developing their powers, and things are really heating up. There is still a lot to be revealed, and I’m really curious to see where the author is going from here. I would recommend this one, but caution that you have to read the first book before you read this one. They flow directly into each other, as will book three.
I’ve got to keep it honest and tell you that while I’m really enjoying the books, I do have a minor peeve. I really didn’t like the sudden cut off in this particular one. It seemed to end almost mid-sentence. Now I’m going to have to wait for the next one to come out…in December!
Rant complete. I’ll forgive the author the cliffhanger. As I said above, I’m enjoying the series and look forward to the third and final chapter in the series.