Grace Draven – Master of Crows

Master of Crows

eBook
published: 2011
pages: 278

Blurb:

What would you do to win your freedom?
This is the question that sets bondwoman, Martise of Asher, on a dangerous path. In exchange for her freedom, she bargains with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer’s treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation–until she falls in love with her intended target.
Silhara of Neith, Master of Crows, is a desperate man. The god called Corruption invades his mind, seducing him with promises of limitless power if he will help it gain dominion over the world. Silhara struggles against Corruption’s influence and searches for ways to destroy the god. When Conclave sends Martise as an apprentice to help him, he knows she’s a spy. Now he fights a war on two fronts–against the god who would possess him and the apprentice who would betray him.
Mage and spy search together for a ritual that will annihilate Corruption, but in doing so, they discover secrets about each other that may damn them both. Silhara must decide if his fate, and the fate of nations, is worth the soul of the woman he has come to love, and Martise must choose continued enslavement or freedom at the cost of a man’s life. And love. (Amazon)
In (Very) Short:

+ a fantasy romance novel
+ an interesting premise of a god trying to poses a mage
+ graphic scenes

My Opinion:

As I enjoyed Draven’s previous book Radiance, I picked up another one. The premise was intriguing, the story world fascinating, yet I had a few more troubles with this one.

I had to think a little before the story comes back to mind: the main protagonist (a mage) is plagued by a god who wants to control and possess him but has not succeeded so far. The conclave wants to fight the mage because they believe that he is already possessed by or working for the god Corruption. Therefore, they send a spy: Martise. So far so interesting and the storyline centering around fighting the god and how the conclave and the protagonists fit into the overall story was very good.

Of course there is some tension, a lot of magical torture to expose Martise’s gift, a grumpy and friendly housekeeper and lots of graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.

Since I have not discovered my liking for all these new adult novels and what not, I am not the biggest fan of these stories – is it a fantasy romance novel, I am unsure. I enjoyed the fighting of the god and I was interested in the story world, yet their repeated, detailed, and sometimes really out-of-place procreation kinda got in the way and therefore this story world and story were occasionally neglected. Though this was a good read, it was a little too graphic for me.

Bottom Line:

A good read with an interesting premise and some quite graphic sex scenes.

Rating:

rating 3

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