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Called by Power

by Michael Barnette

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When Stormdragon and Flamespirit meet by chance in the wilderness of their world, both are in different ways outcasts of their own clans. Storm being dishonoured by false accusations of his own brother and Flame´s people shunning him, because they are afraid of his powers. They both don´t have swordbrothers or mates, Storm having lost his swordbrother not long ago, and neither of them expects to find a mate any more, with whom they can form this special bond. But it´s undenyable that their magical powers are calling out for each other and so maybe it was fate, and a little help from Storm´s dead swordbrother, that they should meet.

This book is set in a desert world similar to the ones known from the movies Mad Max or Dune. Different clans are shattered throughout the world and a big city is the home for the rest of the population. Magic is an important part of this world and the people, who are able to do magic, have different abilities on the basis of the different elements.

The authors are able to create a very dense atmosphere and so the reader is able to delve into the world which they created. This makes the book a very good one. But as Elisa already mentioned in her review, this book only seems to be a prelude to a bigger story, introducing the characters and setting the overall mood. I guess this is a common problem with books being written while already having a whole series in mind.

So if you tend to be a little bit impatient when having to wait for the next book in a sequel, maybe you should refrain from reading this book until the next book is released. ;-) ( )
  shoganrea | Mar 29, 2008 |
In a post apocalyptic era, similar to Mad Max universe, the world is divided in City and outside clan.

Stormdragon, of the Dragon clan, is a renegade. He lost his swordbrother and lover in battle and he wanted to die with him; but his brother rescued him, not for love, but to denigrate him among his clan, a man not willing to reach his swordbrother in death. And so Stormdragon chose the life of the lone wolf, with only his warbike and sword as companionship, only searching the fast way to die with honor.

Flamespirit is a pariah of his clan, which never accept him as a clansman. He is a healer and has the power to ignite the fire on the stones. And he is also a beautiflu man, with hair the color of the flame like his name. He is also an empath and knows that Stormdragon has a desire of death inside him.

But Sandrunner, the former lover of Stormdragon, appears in dream to him and claims that Stormdragon is not ready to die and he has beside a new swordbrother to look after. And so starts the new life of this two men, one who had all and lost it, and another who had nothing and now has the chance to bond with a powerful warrior.

Called by Power is only the prequel of a more complex story I believe. It ends like the old western movies with the hero who ride toward the sunset in search of a new adventure... only that here the heros are two and they ride a motorbike and not an horse. This book is a pure fantasy, with a lot of magic and also a bit of sex, but not much. I hope that in the next book we will see the bond mating of this two warrior, cause I was teasing a lot during the book: all right, Stormdragon was wounded and he couldn't do his due as "macho man", but still... the headache excuse can be use only one or two times...

There is a bit of yaoi in this novel, with Flamespirit in the role of the cute uke, blushing and pouting, and searching for compliments from his man, and Stormdragon in the role of a reluctant seme, first not willing to find another mate, but still protecting him and caring for his health and safeness.

All in all a very enjoyable reading, and I would be glad to read more on it.
1 vote elisa.rolle | Mar 5, 2008 |
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