Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ARC review : Shadowmancer (Paladin Charm #1) by Devin Harnois

Shadowmancer (Paladin Charm #1)Blurb :

Marius Everhart is something even mages fear — a shadowmancer. His power marks him as cursed, a creature belonging to the Queen of Shadows. Marius escaped her realm with his memories corrupted and his sanity in tatters, managing to live a fragile, lonely existence at the edges of society.
Some might call Ayodele Sauveterre delusional. He prefers the term “optimistic”. With his homeland in danger from invasion, Ayodele will do anything to protect it, even recruit a shadowmancer. Marius’s incredible power and gentle nature make him a perfect addition to Paladin Charm, a new mage guild dedicated to helping rather than exploiting the non-magical populace. The fact that handsome Marius also warms Ayodele’s bed is a wonderful bonus.

With support from Ayodele and his new friends in the guild, Marius begins to heal. He’s also quickly falling for the alluring mage, but Ayodele struggles with what’s forming between them. Past experience left Ayodele flippant but guarded, and Marius’s open honesty unnerves him.

As they grow closer, Paladin Charm prepares for a battle with impossible odds. And in the darkness, the Queen of Shadows waits to reclaim Marius and drag him back into a nightmare.

Christelle's rating :

First book in what seems to be a new MM romantic fantasy series. For fans of fantasy, magic, some action and MM romance.

The premises ? In a world divided in cities, some powerful and controlling, some wealthy, some needing protection, Marius is a shadowmancer, ie he can summon shadows. For that, he is much feared. He was abducted by the Queen of Shadows, but managed to escape and tries to find a refuge. That finally happens when he meets Ayodele, a powerful mage who chose to protect his home-city and family over a glorious future. Yaodele is not afraid of Marius : on the contrary, he sees in him a powerful ally and a lustful promise. Can they together protect Yaodele’s city and fight the Queen of Shadows ?

The world building and the characters are quite interesting but needed more development imo and the relationship between Marius and Ayodele felt a bit rushed. That said, as I’m not a fan of fantasy (but looking to expand my horizon), I was nicely entertained by this book for the good writing, the interesting world building and the team spirit from Yaodele’s magic guild.

More to come in this series: for fans of magical MM romance, it’s worth checking.


ARC of “Shadowmancer” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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