Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Never too late for love.
Three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old warlock Tikron must find his true love or forfeit his immortality. But if he hasn’t found his ideal mate in all these centuries, the prospects don’t look too bright.
That is, until he sees mathematician Richard Beaumont. It’s love at first sight and Tikron’s future just go a whole lot brighter.
Except Richard doesn’t believe in love at first sight. He doesn’t believe in love at all. He certainly doesn’t believe in magic. His life is ruled by statistics and logic, and they tell him a relationship with Tikron has only a 10 percent chance of success. That’s unacceptable—even if the attraction between them is off the charts.
With his powers waning and the clock ticking down, Tikron’s last hope is showing Richard the true meaning of magic.
I absolutely had fun reading Calculated Magic by SJD Peterson. There were places where I giggled and outright laughed in joy (that winking squirrel certainly did me in). The characters of Tikron, his best friend Ry, their antics and conversations kept me totally entertained as did his wooing of Richard the mathematician who lived in emotional isolation except for his dog. The crumbling of Richard’s barriers, although a tad swift, felt believable because intellectually, Richard was able to delight in a new world to explore with his brilliant mind. That was in keeping with his personality. All the plans and scenes as Tikron revealed that magic was real to Richard? Priceless!
All these positives overrode the other issues I found within the story. Yes, I had some. A curse that never quite felt real or explained fully, nor a villian that was fleshed out to be a real threat to our heroes or his mother. That aspect of this novel was missing and I wished had been added. We had little of the bachstory, knew next to nothing of the coven (convenienctly explained away to Richard but as readers we needed the background). It was all quickly resolved in the end, too quickly in my mind as it was the reason for all that went on in the story. That sort of meant it was never much of a threat to begin with. Shame.
Tikron’s friend, Ry, could definitely have his own story. He’s hilarious! Maybe several. I’m not sure who or what it would take to get him to settle down. Now that would be a story!
In the meantime, if you want a magical comedy with romance included, Calculated Magic by SJD Peterson might be the thing for you. I enjoyed it despite the issues. You might too.
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza does a fun job with the cover and the idea of Tikron, right down to the scar on his face and a magical vibe. Nice.
ebook, 230 pages
Expected publication: October 16th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press