Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Savarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompanies him.
Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.
The Sorcerer’s Guardian is a slow burn romance set in the fantasy kingdom of Tournai. Savarin and Loriot were framed as possible main characters at the end of the Scholar’s Heart. Not based on their romantic possibilities, but on how well they worked together, and their service to the Crown.
That working chemistry continued in this book and their connection showed from the start—intensifying with every page. Their relationship is as complicated as the spells they are trying to understand. It’s refreshing to see a friendship developing between them, and when they finally give up into their lust, their friendship keeps them together.
I love Savarin and his prepotency. It was simply a way to protect his heart, but at the same time, it served him as a tool to hide how powerful he really is. Loriot is the perfect complement for him. He is caring, strong, and takes care of everything and everyone. In this case, Savarin and the relationship they were building together. They become a loving family, and their small touches are a reassurance they both needed.
Not only the romance is slow, but their travels. And therefore, the story’s plot. The readers get a lot of background information, about the main characters and the kingdom itself. All the characters from previous books are present, and even when this can be a stand-alone story from the romance perspective, it’s best if you read at least one of the previous books.
Overall, the story is interesting, the writing splendid, and the MCs relationship lovely. The world-build increases with every book, but stays consistent. The added layers only bring the reader deeper into their world. I’m definitively a fan of the author and the series. Now I just have to go back and read the first two books.
Anne Cain did another nice cover for this installment. It goes with the rest of the series and it shows a subdued Savarin and Loriot.
ebook, 310 pages
Published: November 28, 2016, by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 1634778529 (ISBN13: 9781634778527)
Edition Language: English