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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Lost Son by Mychael Black



The Lost Son by Mychael Black
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

One warrior, one sorcerer, and a legacy that will change their lives forever…

Secrets of Socendor, Book 1

In the world of Socendor, humans are forbidden from using magic and elves keep their distance.

Kalen Ysindroc has risen far from his humble beginnings as a blacksmith’s adopted son. Now the king’s general, he investigates reports of magic-wielding half-human, half-elven lithings sighted along the kingdom’s borders. It would be a lonely life, if not for the company of his best friend and long-time elven lover, Micheil Theirauf, the king’s sorcerer.

An attempt on Kalen’s life makes it clear to Micheil that there’s more afoot than random breaks in the land’s defenses. His lover is plagued by dreams no human should endure, and Micheil’s probe into Kalen’s subconscious reveals a past neither of them expected. And a future Kalen can’t escape.

Suddenly, everything Kalen never knew about his life is laid bare. A father possessed of terrible magical power. A half-brother who could be the family Kalen never had—or the catalyst that will rip Micheil out of his life forever…

Non-stop action and a red-hot love affair. You won’t be able to put this book down.

I know when I pick up a Mychael Black story, I’ll be on a thrill-ride. The Lost Son is no exception to this rule and totally worth the read.

Mr. Black’s characters are strong, independent, and have a reckless streak I love. I felt immediately transported to the world Kalen and Micheil live in and didn’t want to leave. The secondary characters add a distinctive flavor to the plot. They kept me guessing throughout and not wanting the story to end. And the ending...it’s a short story, but it’s very much worth it and exciting.

Kalen is a typical warrior. He’s a fighting man’s man. But what I liked the best about him is that he’s willing to say, ‘Hey, I made a mistake’. That takes guts. I also loved the idea that he loved as fiercely as he fights. He’s the type of hero I want on my side in any confrontation. And the plot twists concerning his future—I didn’t see them coming, but I loved them.

As much as I liked Kalen, I liked Micheil. There were times when I wasn’t sure about him, other than he needed and loved Kalen passionately. But when his true nature and role in the story were brought to light, I knew I liked him. In fact, I didn’t want the story to end. He’s as strong and unruly as Kalen, but with the added flavor of magical powers.

If you want a story that will indeed stick with you long after the last page, then you need to read The Lost Son. I give it 5 cherries.