Reviewed by Chris
TITLE: Guardian of Magic
AUTHOR: Dominique Frost
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
LENGTH: 120 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
When a god falls in love with a mortal, the entire world begins to change.
“Guardian of Magic” is a passionate paranormal romance with a dash of magic.
Brady is a witch without a familiar, which means that he can’t get a witchery license to practice magic professionally. Just when he’s about to give up on his dream job, he finally does get a familiar, but the little black cat that chooses him is far more than it appears.
Brady’s ordinary-seeming familiar is in fact a god in disguise, an ancient guardian of magic named Malachai who has been watching Brady for a long time… and is determined to make Brady his.
When Malachai asks Brady to become his eternal companion, Brady must decide between the freedom of being a mortal or the burden of immortality. Will immortality be worth it for a love that will last forever?
I’m writing this between frantic cleaning bouts before people invade our house to eat rather ridiculous amounts of turkey, so this is going to be short and sweet (like pumpkin pie….mmmm, pumpkin pie).
This is a rather lovely novella about a witch, Brady. Brady has spent years trying to find his familiar–because without one he can barely use his magic legally–but each and every attempt is met with resounding failure. That is until Malachai shows up in all his kitty glory. And boy is it glorious, seeing how Mal is much more than a cat; he is a god. And he has chosen Brady to spend the rest of eternity with. Not that Brady knows any of this. He is just relieved to be able to finally get his licence and maybe cut his part-time jobs down to a manageable one or two.
There is not a whole lot of plot to this book, but it does have some very nice interactions between Brady and Mal. I’m a bit of a sucker for the whole “dude doesn’t know how awesome he is” thing, so Brady’s bit of self-deprecation worked for me. And Mal showing up and being all sexy and determined was great.
This was pretty much a quick fun read for me. The characters were interesting, the writing was quick and witty, and the world building was stable enough to hold up the story without massive info dumps. I certainly wouldn’t mind another book from this world, or these characters, since it will be really interesting to see with Brady and Mal go from here.