Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire—a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren’t offering sanctuary for free.
Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.
Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together—not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?
Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he’s terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.
No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.
I have been waiting for this book ever since I finished the last one, it ended with such a cliffhanger. Angus, Saka and Terrance are trying to navigate their new normal while dealing with the suspicions of the Mayans.
The story continues to focus on rebalancing the magic in Demonside and how to fight Vinland. Angus accidentally finds out that he can survive a “clean sweep” which no one with any magical powers has been able to do. He finds a way to end the problems in Vinland but it’s going to take the support of Saka and Terrance along with many other mages and priests.
We get to see all three of the main characters’ points of view which doesn’t leave me guessing as to how they feel. Terrance does a lot to redeem his actions from the previous books and it actually gives us a chance to get to know him. I loved watching Angus and Saka continue to push against the status quo for what others think magic should be. I could feel for them as they pushed back and tried to find the right solution. Angus’s sacrifice was huge and changed him forever, I would love to see how this will change things in the world.
Cover art by Catt Ford is great and I love how it connects with the story.
ebook, 280 pages
Published: November 27, 2018 by DSP Publications
Edition Language: English
Series: Studies in Demonology #3