Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Ethan White is a rarity. He’s a male witch. He hides his abilities from the world by working in the apothecary that he owns. When his sister shows up asking for a love potion, Ethan puts his guards up. Even his familiar, a black cat named Beema, does not trust Destiny. Two weeks later, both get a premonition that something terrible is going to happen and escape through a magic tunnel underneath Ethan’s shop just before it blows up. Knowing his sister has something to do with the attack, he makes his way to the land of faeries to take shelter.
Grayson is the alpha of a three-man wolf shifter pack. He brings his pack to the land of faeries because of a prophecy stating that they are the key to bringing down those that are using black magic. When he consults with the queen as to what she might know about the prophecy, a guard comes in carrying a young man who has passed out. Grayson goes to the young man and proclaims that he is his mate. The Queen proclaims that the fae are now involved, as the young man Ethan, is her nephew.
As Ethan and Grayson along with Grayson’s betas Adam and Russell try to figure out the mystery of the prophecy, members of the Dark Coven are mounting an attack on the fae palace in hopes of fulfilling the prophecy themselves. Several spies are sent by Raven Darkh to kill Ethan, as she believes he is most likely the other person capable to complete the task of creating the Shades of Power. The five members of Grayson’s pack (as Ethan and Beema are now part of it) must defend the fae palace against the forces of dark magic threatening to take it over.
This is an excellent start to a new series by Beany Sparks. She has combined shifters and magic and added a touch of palace intrigue to spice things up. I felt for Ethan. First his sister seems intent on doing him harm. Then as he begins to unravel the mystery of prophecy, he learns all is not as it seems in the fae palace. The only thing holding him together is his familiar Beema, his mate Grayson and the two betas of Grayson’s pack. One does have to watch out for Beema. The cat is not all what he seems. Ms. Sparks perfectly sets up the next book in the series with the ending of this one. It seems that the problems with Ethan’s sister was just the opening salvo against him.
The cover art by the author is simply stunning. It shows our blond hair, blue-eyed Ethan staring out with Grayson’s wolf watching out behind him. In the background a winter castle that I am sure will be featured in future books in the series.
ebook, 117 pages
Published September 21st 2015 by Rainbow Ninja Press
seriesArcane Magic #1