Lovely world building in a relatively short story

CoverBeholden by Kris T. Bethke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a surprise! I’ve wanted to read Kris T Bethke’s work for a while and actually own a couple of her other books but have’t got round to it, so I jumped at the chance of having a go with this re-written and updated release.

I love me a good world building fantasy and this had all the makings of one and I never felt like I was missing out on any information which explained how magic worked or why different people had different abilities.

Julian is such a sweetheart, at odds with his family because he’s chosen to bind his magic to just one form – scrying – and considered a bit of a second class citizen because of it. But he’s good at what he does and for him, there’s no hardship in choosing to best use the power which flows through him.

When he’s asked to look for a missing magic user he bumps into Wes, tall, dark, broodingly handsome Wes, who – inexplicably in Julian’s opinion – seems to have the hots for him.

These two are totally sweet together. Wes knows Julian is the one and is just waiting for him to catch up. He’s devoted to finding out what’s going wrong with his love, whose magic is getting weaker, and this forms the central part of the plot.

There’s some great side characters who I’d love to know more about and the book does end with a bit of a cliffie as the one plot involving these two is just part of a much wider story arc which I’m hoping is the beginning of a new series!

Lots of good things going on in this one and a real pleasure to read. It’s not too short either so just a couple of hours buried in the well crafted world.

#ARC kindly received from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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