Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Lajos has a sword, a stoic façade that crumbles quickly under pressure, and a mysterious past.
When a routine monster attack leads to the men being magically bound together, unable to part without being violently ill, Ira is horrified. Worse, the link means they can sense each other’s every emotion. And as time goes on, Ira starts to wonder which emotions are truly his, and which are just a result of the magic…
I just love fantasy and always search out new stories and new authors. So I had high hopes for Magic Ties Together by Nina Begonia. It had a neat, interesting premise that linked the couple right from the start…a type of magic handcuffs.
But while this story did contain some nice elements and places where my interest was definitely piqued, for the most part, it was jammed full of just a weird mixture of not enough world building (had no idea of the sort of world these characters really existed in) and one in which we got far too many extraneous details. Really should have been the other way around.
The characters started having sex almost immediately, because the bracelets “made them do it”. Trust me, not sexy at all. Then there were hodgepodgy creatures whose physical descriptions made even less sense than some of the world building (what there was).
The characters had potential but didn’t seem to reach it imo. This story is 100 pages yet it felt as though the author was trying to jam 500 pages worth of things the author had in mind for the story that just kept flowing on, regardless of whether it fit or not into the current scenes or storyline.
The ending was probably the best thing about this story. It was the most pulled together. The characters felt as though they might actually care about each other but everything leading up to it is such a narrative quagmire.
Not a story I would recommend.
Cover art: Aisha Akeju. Gorgeous cover, definitely eye catching.
ebook, 103 pages
Published April 4th 2018 by Less Than Three Press (first published April 2nd 2018)
Original TitleMagic Ties Together