Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Book Review: Nor Iron Bars a Cage, by Kaje Harper

From the blurb:

First I was a sorcerer. Then I was a hermit. For so long—for years that seemed to go on forever—I couldn't bear to be touched. I put up not just walls but whole stone bunkers to keep everyone out, emotionally, and physically as well. I was protected from people, from ghosts, from specters real and imagined. Sure, I was alone. But I felt safe. Only, after a while, I wasn't sure any longer whether a totally "safe" empty life was really worth living. Then Tobin came along. Out of the blue, out of my past, with a summons from the king that he wouldn't let me ignore. I tried to cling to my isolation, but he wouldn't give up on me. Tobin never believed in walls.

AnnaLund's rating:

First of all, that was exactly what I needed: magic, sorcery, good and evil. And boys, beautiful boys.

Second, this story was born into the fantastic happening that is Love Has No Boundaries within the m/m romance group over on Goodreads 2013, and for an author to write an epic story like this one (100k words!) in some six weeks? Ridiculously gifted author.


I adored the storyline, the world, the characters, especially Tobin. I adore a steady presence. I read it nice and slow, and really tried to taste the words on my tongue, reading out loud. Poetry.

Then I fell in love also with a ghost. Not many books can do that for you. His interaction with Lyon was adorable. And Lyon? For a boy who thinks he is very weak, he shows incredible stamina and strength. Beautiful.

Of course, I especially appreciated that Lyon was language man. Perfection.

*happy sigh*


This story was written as a part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. You can read it for free online here. If you prefer, you can download it in different electronic formats, se link below.

Download free copy here: ePub PDF Mobi

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