Title: Derivation (Aberrant Magic #2)
Author: Lyn Gala
Release Date: July 26 2016
Genre(s): Fantasy & Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 207
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.1 stars out of 5
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.
The second book focuses more on political intrigue. It seems like everyone has their own agenda and Darren and Kavon are left trying to find out who, why and how is that going to impact them. They are still unsettled on personal front. Darren and Kavon are now in relationship after years of longing and they are trying to find their footing in new circumstances.
The opening was great and I was immediately hooked. I also picked up more information about Kavon which wasn’t the case in the first book. But in this book Darren knows Kavon better. I could sympathize with the younger Darren when he reminisced about how Kavon used to be when they first met and he fell for him.
Darren is trying to get a handle on his new powers. It’s not always easy and it’s not helped by the people waiting for Kavon to make a wrong step. Even Bennu’s motives are hard to guess and he is supposed to be on Darren’s side.
The end is wonderfully twisted and kept me glued to my kindle.
Another great paranormal mystery!