Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Master of Wrath

Title: Master of Wrath
Author: Nikki McCoy
Publisher: Total E-Bound
ISBN: 978-0-85715-638-9
Genre: {M/M/M} BDSM Fantasy Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Cyaan’s survived the life of a warrior for three thousand years and for the last five, he’s lived with the knowledge that he failed his missing mate Jace, a man who sacrificed himself for another. Cyann will do anything to find Jace and bring the kidnapper to justice. While searching for his missing mate, Cyann gets a shock when he meets his second mate Loken, an assassin and the son of the God of Wrath. Since Loken isn’t interested in losing his heart, it takes some talking to get him to stick around but Cyann convinces him to help in Jace’s rescue.  

Since his kidnapping, Jace’s been brutalized by his ruthless captor but he still manages to escape. He’s an emotional and physical wreck when found by Cyaan and Loken, who both want to claim him as their mate. But Jace is damaged and it will take patience to convince him he’s worthy of their love but even that might not be enough. They still have to keep Mikel, son of the God of Death, from regaining possession of Jace and Cyaan and Loken are willing to be whatever it takes to keep him safe. Anything. 

Master of Wrath is the second release in Nikki McCoy’s Keepers of the Gods series and it picks up five years later. While it’s seems odd to begin the main body of the story with just two of the main characters, it was nice allowing Cyann and Loken bonding time before they find Jace. With the dominate personalities created by the author, it seems likely the only way possible to get them together. Adding Jace was the linchpin…the point needed to focus their energy…making their wounded mate whole.  

Jace’s personality is complicated, emotional and deeply wounded. He’s a wreck who doesn’t express his true feelings and he keeps secrets to protect his mates. He’s filled with pain, fear and angst, making the middle of the book drag. What you do get during this period is that Ms. McCoy’s made Jace stronger than first imagined…in many respects stronger than his mates, I just wish the story flow was smoother to better express what was going on. Then there’s new character, Xilonen, who vacillates between being a villain and a good guy. He’s just plain confusing and I assume we’ll learn more about him in the future. 

I was bothered by the opening chapter. While well written, it starts with Loken and his twin sister. It allows us to see them interacting…their relationship, but it seems tacked on and doesn’t appear to have much to do with the rest of the book. I actually stopped reading, thinking something was wrong with the PDF file. I think it could be left off without drastically affecting the story and the needed information interjected at other points in the story. Just my opinion.  Watch for Keepers of the Night, the next release in the series.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to violence, scenes of dubious consent, harsh language and hot M/M/M action. It is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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