REVIEW: Feral Magic – N. R. Hairston

Feral Magic - N.R. Hairston - World Breaker Beginnings

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Aethena, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

They live under the oppressive Nix rule. They met while trying to steal the same bag of flour. They fight together to get away. Now they’re being hunted.

They’re more powerful than anyone knows. Their attraction to each other is explosive. The Nix have ruled for hundreds of years. Tieden and Kalem broke the rules by stealing. They defeated a herd of Nix in their escape.

Tieden and Kalem are Belen. The Belen are supposed to be inferior to the Nix. How could two Belen take out so many Nix? Now they’re a threat. The Nix want them dead.

Tieden and Kalem plan on fighting until their hearts stop and their blood no longer flows. Falling in love was easy. Staying alive may be impossible.

This book is a standalone. You need absolutely no knowledge of the other books in this series to read and enjoy this one. This book contains two exuberant men who are wild and unrestrained in their attraction toward one another.

The Review

This book is reminiscent of pulp science fiction, but with few twenty-first century modifications.  The story is action packed and fast paced, with inordinately graphic violence included in the fight scenes. The racy romance exists, but instead of a damsel in distress being rescued by a dashing male protagonist, both main characters are male and work on work on rescuing each other from disaster. The romance is squeezed in between action sequences that flow into one another with a relentless pace that keeps the reader turning pages.  

Feral Magic is the fifth book in the World Breaker Beginnings series, but the story reads well as a standalone.  Tieden and Kalem, the main characters, find themselves jumping through portals together while they attempt to hide from the oppressive authority on their home world, Nix.   The first chapter of this story introduces the reader to Tieden. 

 Once Tieden and Kalem meet, the action takes over the story leaving minimal opportunity for character development beyond learning the expanding capabilities of the two refugees of Nix.  

The introduction of other worlds from Tieden and Kalem’s portal hopping, and the manner in which the story is resolved, tease the reader with potential adventures from previous and future volumes of this series. If you are looking for fast paced, pulp style story that has elements of fantasy and science fiction, some vivid descriptions of interesting worlds, and a dash of romance, this is a great book to dive into.

The Reviewer

Lives in the Pacific Northwest and vacations in the desert as often as possible. She is allergic to garlic, sleeps during the day whenever possible, and breaks out in an allergic rash when exposed to excessive sunlight. She has a degree in engineering, works at a comic book store, and goes for long bike rides at night during the full moon because of the sun allergy. Aethena was forced to switch to mostly e-books and audio books when the last floor to ceiling bookcase started to overflow. She is on her fifth e-reader, and is contemplating using her engineering degree to design an e-reader that can withstand her capacity for destruction.

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