Derivation (Aberrant Magic #2)

Author: Lyn Gala

Publisher: Loose Id

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: LId & Amazon

Type: Novel

Purchased by Reviewer


Blurb:  Darren and Kavon have committed to each other, but magical rules are changing and that tests the strength of their bond. The death of a prominent Egyptian shaman and the shadowy remains of O’Brien’s conspiracy to kill adepts and steal their magic also pressure the new couple. Kavon is determined to protect his partner through these storms, but he is also painfully aware of his own tendency to hover. And as Darren is quick to point out, he is an armed federal agent who won’t allow Kavon to keep him off the front lines.

Making the relationship even more difficult, the spirit guides who offered their loyalty have their own hopes and needs. The world is changing, and Darren’s spirit guide pushes them to find the right path to navigate. However, Kavon has never enjoyed being pressured, and he is particularly uncomfortable walking into a situation he doesn’t understand. Worse, the longer he knows Darren and his guide, the more confused Kavon becomes about how magic even works. The two men must pull together or the forces moving in the shadows threaten to destroy them before they have any chance at happiness.


Review: Whereas much of this book could be understood as a standalone, significant story aspects would be missing. I would recommend this book be read after Deductions.

Darren and Kavon are living together, but are still working out all the kinks of their relationship. They’re together at home, at work, and on the spirit plane. Darren is not so great at any magic stuff. It doesn’t help Bennu, his spirit guide, doesn’t behave like a normal spirit guide. Bennu is also profoundly powerful. After the death of a visiting, Egyptian shaman, Darren and Kavon learn what sets Bennu apart from the average guide. They also learn Bennu isn’t alone. A big problem for Darren and Kavon is Darren asks Bennu to do things without understanding all the ramifications. Bennu does them. The ramifications have the potential to be fatal. So of course, with all this going on in their lives, this is when they find the big spell in Arlington National Cemetery. And of course the visiting Egyptians and the DC Shamanic Council potentially have ties to what’s going on at Arlington. It’s when Darren and Kavon learn their top suspect for the adept kidnappings and murders also has ties to Arlington that things get really interesting. Then there is betrayal.

Where’s Dave? I don’t trust Dave hasn’t been around. We’ve gone from Ben betraying the team to the betrayal in this book about which I’m trying to not spoiler. If each book has a betrayal of some kind, and they escalate in terms of proximity to Darren and Kavon, Dave or one of the spirit guides is about to be up to something no good. Allow me to be the first to point out that’s a really big if. Or it could be Coretta! Okay, I’ll stop with crazy hypotheses. I just want to know what’s up with Dave.

We learn the why of Darren’s sudden magical powers. They’re Bennu related, which I felt was kind of obvious. I am torn as to how I feel about how that affects Darren. Bennu seems to be with Darren because of his proximity to Kavon. All this is all about Kavon? Darren seems to be in store for a life run by Kavon at home, at work, and on the spirit plane. It’s pretty much everything Les and Kavon have warned Darren about from the beginning. Bennu is pretty happy with it, so Darren can’t even trust his own emotional state in response to the changes in his life.

I enjoyed this installment in Darren and Kavon’s trilogy. Things were answered, new questions arose, and Darren and Kavon are working their way toward becoming a solid couple. In a lot of ways I feel this book is where the real dangers to Darren and Kavon became apparent. Beings of immeasurable power are ready for a change. No matter what, book three promises to be thrilling.

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