Warlock in Training (Steph’s Review)


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Title: Warlock in Training (Studies in Demonology #1)
Author: T.J. Nichols
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy
Page Count: 226
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock. He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have—his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.

His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.

Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.

Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that’s being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.

Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.


Just a FYI: Here are a few things to mention before reading the book:

  • This story is more Mystery/Suspense with a dash of possible romance thrown in.
  • There is an orgy takes place in Chapter 24 (83% mark), where there are two BRIEF mentions of MF interactions.
  • We are left with a cliffhanger.

Wow, just wow! This is my first book from TJ Nichols and she does not disappoint. There is soooooo much awesomeness in this book it is ridiculous. The author spares no expense when it comes to the world building on not just one, but two worlds/dimensions. Yeah you heard me…TWO: Earth (Earthside) and Arlyxia (Demonside)! Not to mention the wonderful way she constructs the characters in the book and the hierarchy in both dimensions.

So it begins on Earthside. Angus is summoning his first demon, when in fact all he wants is pursue something nonmagical in life; like becoming a vet or possibly a doctor. In fact, he was trying to fail, and fail miserably. However, he didn’t account on Saka, a demon mage, to answer his call. In that moment, everything starts to change for this 19-year-old.

Saka, sees something in that moment with Angus and decides to take him to Demonside. He does so, not only to rebalance the power (sexy times involved), but to open Angus’s eyes to the truth. That truth being that both worlds are suffering due to the magical imbalance on both sides. Earthside is getting colder, where Demonside is getting hotter.

Angus soon realizes that facts are being withheld, and in their place they are given carefully constructed information that is then reinforced by the schools and the media. That is where The Underground comes into play. They consist of rogue wizards and warlocks set on making things right. Seeking out the truth to save their world.

With all of this going on, something starts to form between Angus and Saka, and it wasn’t just from the hot sex they did to restore a bit of the power in each world. No, it is more than that. Both Angus and Saka have their own thoughts and feelings towards what is happening between them, however, neither one will say it out loud. There is a moment when I thought something was forming between Angus and another warlock, Terrance. Thinking Angus finally deserves some sort of happiness. Someone to love and have that feeling returned without thought. However, shit hits the fan and what could exist between the two of them is put on hold indefinitely.

In the end, I was left with many questions and mixed emotions.

  • I am sad for Angus, and everything he has endured up until the end. If anyone at this point deserves a HEA at the end of this series, it is him.
  • I’m excited to see what happens with the partnership of sorts between Demonside and The Underground.
  • I have this feeling that there is more to Angus’s power.
  • Who is really the mastermind(s) behind everything?
  • Are they really storing power and if so why?

So, needless to say I need the next book like now!


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Galley copy of Warlock in Training (Studies in Demonology #1) provided by DSP Publications in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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