Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Four
Love and trust made them soul mates, but destiny might have other plans.
Ever since Drake Carpenter fell in love with warlock Mason Blackmoor, his life has been one supernatural battle after another, but Drake doesn’t mind… much. To be with Mason and experience the magical connection they share, Drake would face entire hordes of vampyren, shifters, or fae—and he has. Luckily Drake is immune to magic, though no one can explain his natural ability to negate almost any enchantment. With Drake’s own family gone, Mason is all he has. So why is Drake experiencing disturbing dreams about Mason that terrify him?
A new threat looms on the horizon, and a revelation about Drake’s identity and the true origin of his bond with Mason shatters everything Drake believes. If Drake, Mason, and all of magic are to survive the coming Spell Fall, the most destructive curse in sorcery, Drake must deal with the truth and fight his way back to Mason—because their enemies are gaining strength, and they intend to reach the boy Drake loves first.
Review: Drake Carpenter loves his boyfriend Mason Blackmoor. They’re in high school and have to study for tests and go to class in spite of the fact they’re part of a family trying to save the world from nefarious magic users. Though they’re not currently in immediate danger, there are still significant threats. There’s a new guy in school. Drake can remember being the new guy and in spite of Mason’s jealousy Drake does his best to befriend him. Drake is having dreams that are quite disturbing, but that should all get sorted. Things start to get a little fishy when Drake realizes the new guy lives in his late aunt’s house. Something is going on, and it’s something big. Drake learns some things about his family, and a threat to the Blackmoor family. The biggest immediate threat Drake has to deal with is to his relationship with Mason. Yeah, they’re spell bound to meet in every life and all that, but not quite as lovers.
I wouldn’t recommend picking this up if you’ve not read previous books, or at least done what you can to understand the world the books are set in and the character connections. In this book we find out what’s up with Drake and why magic doesn’t really affect him. There’s a whole lot of stuff Drake didn’t really know about himself. Quite frankly this kid has dealt with enough tragedy and shocking revelations he could do with some time off. He’s really just a kid struggling to maintain his humanity in a situation outside of human reality. I would have liked to see Drake fail. In Mason’s book we had such a wonderful example of a kid who so desperately wants to appear cool and fails miserably at every turn. I loved Mason’s depth. He was a hurt kid who couldn’t make his world right no matter how hard he tried. Drake didn’t have that depth for me. The beautiful layers were missing.
So, the Conclave. Something is up there. It would appear the true baddie is either a member of the Conclave or so closely in league with them they know what the Conclave knows. Then there’s the Warlock Hag who seems to be doing her level best to get the Blackmoor family away from everything. Is she doing so to ensure her own nefarious plans go into effect? I’ve got no clue. Seriously, I suspect I know who she is, but if I’m right her motivations would be entirely beyond me. I do know I really need to see how this plot thread plays out. Yes, I said need, because if I’m right that is going to be some serious emotional fallout and I want to read how that’s dealt with. If I’m wrong? Then I’ll be wrong.
In terms of story and overall plot advancement I really liked this book. Drake and Mason’s relationship overcame a pretty serious hurdle and they avoided the overly dramatic Shakespearean ending as would happen with kids playing at being adults. They’re maturing and facing new and bigger challenges. In terms of the characters this book fell a little short. Drake pretty much meant what he said and said what he meant. It ended up feeling like a lot of telling of emotions. I know Drake loves Mason because he told him as well as thought it to himself. In spite of that, I still think this was a good continuation of the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series.