Title: Mind Magic
Series: Triad, #1
Author: Poppy Dennison
Narrator: Robert G. Davis
Genre: Paranormal/Shifter Romance
Length: 6 hours
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (01-07-14)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Magical species must never mix. According to the rules, Simon Osborne should ignore the children’s cries for help. After all, they’re werewolf cubs, and he’s an apprentice mage. But for once in his life, Simon breaks the rules and rescues the cubs, saving them from a demon intent on draining them of their magic.
Of course, all actions have consequences, and Simon’s bold move earns him the displeasure of his peers and the attention of the cubs’ alpha, a man named Gray Townsend.
The last thing Gray needs is a mage in his life, but Simon did save his son. Since Simon is now a friend of the pack, Gray doesn’t have much choice about it—or the forbidden attraction that goes along with it. Unfortunately, for the alpha, he needs Simon’s help to track down the demon behind the kidnappings—before it strikes again. Simon and Gray must join forces to protect the pack, even as they struggle to resist the temptation that threatens to destroy them both.
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Review: Simon is a Mage apprentice in a world where Vampires, Werewolves, Demons and Mages exist. They just don’t coexist very well.
He breaks their code of remaining indifferent when it comes to a magic outside of his own when he rescues several young werewolf cubs that have been kidnapped by a demon who is draining their magic, and subsequently killing them in the process. Simon is not only a very talented Mage. He is generally a decent, kindhearted person. He’s been held back from his gift by his teacher unknowingly, who has actually been draining his magic instead of helping him develop it.
Simon is instantly drawn to the Alpha of the pack, when he brings their cubs home. Tension runs high, as I said, the races don’t mix, but Garen the Alpha’s son has named Simon a friend of the pack. The attraction to the two men share is just one obstacle they will have to face. Garen and Simon are now connected somehow, mentally. So when the demon comes back to prey on the one that got away, Garen reaches out to Simon. When Gray and Simon are brought back together when Simon comes to help Garen, the mutual attraction is more than they can fight. But Simon refuses to be mated to Gray just for his packs protection.
I absolutely loved the concept behind this story. There are three types of magic, a triad if you will. The Mages, Mind Magic. The Wolves, Body Magic. And the Vampires, Soul Magic. Problems in the past have caused the three races to pull apart from each other and demand that their people live their lives separately, but The High Moon pack along with Simon and his grandfather will challenge this dusty belief.
There was a lot happening throughout this book, but the author managed to keep it all cohesive and contained, I never lost interest or got confused. The different types of magic and creatures and their archaic ways of thinking was intriguing. And then to have the new breed of the races shown in Gray and Simon that fall in love and challenge these “rules” was refreshing and only strengthened the storyline. The narration as well was good and kept my attention from start to finish. It’s always nice to have a narrator that tells the story and doesn’t just read it, subtle nuances and tone changes are key and Davis definitely conveyed those well throughout.
I’m excited to see where this series goes with the addition of Simon’s “grandfather” and the still looming threat of the demon in their midst. Fantastic listen, highly recommend it to fans of the paranormal genre.
** I received a copy of this audio book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **