1) A perfect score from me for this elegantly written tale of wizardry and enduring love. Savarin is a master wizard, Loriot, the captain of the royal guard - an unlikely and reluctant pairing when Lorriot is directed to guard Savarin on his quest to shore up the magical defenses of Tournai. At first irritated by the wizard's seeming arrogance, Loriot grows to admire Savarin's strength of character and bravery. Their relationship is beautifully written, slow to start then a tumult of passion and desire that heated up the pages to a delicious degree. I loved this story and recommend it to anyone who likes well-crafted tales of alternate worlds and magic.
2) The Sorcerer's Guardian was a touching, well-written, and absolutely solid fantasy. I settled into it easily, immersing myself in a believable world filled with complex characters, both main and supporting. I appreciated the internal struggles that the main characters went through to build their relationship, and that the plot was not dominated by a world-ending threat or violent conflict. I'd definitely recommend the Sorcerer's guardian to anyone who wants a good, and feel good, fantasy story.
3) Engrossing story of magic, romance, and love, and the care that must be taken to skillfully manage each one.
The Sorcerer's Guardian (Chronicles of Tournai #4) Antonia Aquilante
Bisexual - Fantasy Romance
Series: Chronicles of Tournai
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 28, 2016)
Amazon: The Sorcerer's Guardian (Chronicles of Tournai #4) Antonia Aquilante
A Tale of Tournai
Savarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompany him.
Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.
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