1) Lovely and unexpected. Had me tearing up in several places. I particularly enjoyed the mastery displayed in bringing life to pagan rituals, incorporating them in a nuanced way to make them believable. This was the complete package for me - fresh plot, accessible language, well conceived characters, over arcing themes of faith, love, sacrifice. Well done.
2) An interesting combination of modern-day London and ancient Gods of the Northern Path, “Lars” explores the world of pagan religion and the real-life ramifications of what happens when a God chooses bestow his attention upon a real believer. The author brings London, as well as other-worldly realms, to life with ample sensory detail and socio-political commentary on the implication of being gay in certain Pagan groups. A thoroughly entertaining read.
Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov
Gay Paranormal Romance
Publisher: 44 Raccoons (August 7, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Witches of London: Lars
Some problems you can’t solve with magick—and some you can.
After a homophobic pagan group rejected him, Lars Kendall is a solitary heathen on the Northern Path, loyal to the gods of the Norse pantheon. But being on his own sucks. So when he finally meets a mixed group of other queer witches and magick-users, it’s like finding family. If family involved exploring past lives and casting spells.
Rhys Turner quit a stressful job in the City after his high-strung boyfriend of six years walked out. He sold the expensive flat in central London and bought a run-down house out in the suburbs. Never mind that it needs walls knocked down, its garden landscaped, and what the hell is up with that carpet?
With his health failing, Rhys is desperate for a clean slate and a new start. He isn’t ready to fall in love with anybody, least of all the hunky builder who looks like he’s stepped out of a TV show about Vikings—tattoos, long hair, and all. But as strong and loyal as Lars is, he also has a very soft heart, which might be the hardest thing for Rhys to resist.
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