Title: Spell Fall (The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge #4)
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Series: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 1/27/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Paranormal, M/M Fantasy, M/M Sci Fi, M/M Shifters, M/M Erotica
Page Count: 200
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Ever since Drake Carpenter fell in love with warlock Mason Blackmoor, his life has been one supernatural battle after another, but Drake doesn’t mind… much. To be with Mason and experience the magical connection they share, Drake would face entire hordes of vampyren, shifters, or fae—and he has. Luckily Drake is immune to magic, though no one can explain his natural ability to negate almost any enchantment. With Drake’s own family gone, Mason is all he has. So why is Drake experiencing disturbing dreams about Mason that terrify him?
A new threat looms on the horizon, and a revelation about Drake’s identity and the true origin of his bond with Mason shatters everything Drake believes. If Drake, Mason, and all of magic are to survive the coming Spell Fall, the most destructive curse in sorcery, Drake must deal with the truth and fight his way back to Mason—because their enemies are gaining strength, and they intend to reach the boy Drake loves first.
Fantasy fiction has the intrinsic burden of introducing and expanding the readers’ world to include the extraordinary. It is important that a creative guided tour into other realms is needful to piercing our reality bubbles. A good storytelling can do the important work of changing preconceptions.
This was my first young adult gay fantasy read. I struggled in the beginning but the lunchroom segment and the introduction of the character Will Hopkins captured my imagination. In this scene, the author artfully and subtly alters the reader’s perception that changes the ambitious emotional shades that dominate the storyline. This strange underlying nuance hides within a moment of light lively male banter and testosterone-laden discovery.
This scene, in my opinion, was quintessential “boys” and I loved it. It transported me to my time in high school that I rarely revisit. Even as a high schooler, there was never a “like” of high schoolers. Mr. Flores is gifted story weaver using the small and bigger nuances of hormonal driven youth. The lunchroom scene elicited giggles and I became a fan of Mason Blackmoor. He is the male high schooler or not that everyone would like to curl up next to naked or not.
This story centers on the magical life of Drake Carpenter. He is a highly sensitive and intelligent youth with an uncommon commonsense who navigates his way among the magical gifted. Believing he is a “normal” human among warlocks, witches, fae and magical beings, he learns different.
This installment continues the series about his changing relationship with his lover Mason Blackmoor. The conflict begins with dreams or visions of death and destruction of love. Drake and his adopted family of warlocks must find a path to overcoming the most powerful wizard while staying in good graces of the ruling covens.
Fear of visions of a lover out to kill him and struggling to find peace after the violent loss of family. The safe haven of Mason Blackmoor and the Blackmoor family strengthens Drake for the difficult magic laced journey with faith and love.
Drake Carpenter is a high schooler with uncanny maturity and emotional strength. Continuing hardships highlighted with grief finds him struggling with uncompromised love that shapes the phenomenon of magic in his life.
Mason Blackmoor is the dark haired warlock lover. He is strong and not as emotionally skillful as his boyfriend Drake, but his magic skills grow more powerful with each day.
The Family Blackmoor is formidable warlocks. The father and clan head is the powerful Oliver. He is High Priest and a dominant magic craftsman. But Oliver understands the amazing emergent magic in his sons. His most important life’s mission is the safeguarding of his sons and the young human Drake.
I stumbled a bit in the beginning because I have not read the previous series. The storyline language and sexual scenes has a youthful energy that captivates. The flow is better with reading of the entire series. But there is skill in the storytelling. This enjoyable read peaked my interest. A call out to the author for more parkour, and strident scenes please.
To reiterate this telling is raw and good. But reading previous installments in the series is necessary.