Remembrance by Ravon Silvius
Genre: m/m, science fiction
TBR Reviewer: TBR Reviewer
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read!
Heat: 2 Handcuffs - Flirty.
I don’t even know where to start. How do you begin to express the love of a dark and almost magical world such as this? Remembrance will forever be one of my favorite novels. It was so well written. The plot was so intricate and the romance was utterly beautiful.
Aldric is a solider of the war, left behind on a ravaged planet earth because he’s gay. He’s bruised of body and mind. He drifts from town to town aimlessly until he meets Daniel. Daniel is in need of a bodyguard as he tries to record everyone’s life here on the doomed earth so they will never be forgotten.
The characters were so...I’m actually at a loss for words. They were perfectly flawed is the best way to describe them. The world the author created was dark and twisted but so imaginative and real. I was hooked at the beginning and pulled through to the end.
Remembrance is a novel that no one should pass up because it will touch your soul.
Air by Ravon Silvius
Pirate, romance, M/M
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Nathan is an air mage who has had a hard life. In this world he mourns the loss of his best friend Tom, but that one true friend is not dead.
The beginning with all the explaining about this new magical world was a bit much. It was all sort of thrown at the reader, which made it a tad confusing. Still, underneath that was a very interesting and well thought idea. There were a few, very minor editing issues. Nothing drastic but I thought i’d mention it for those that are a stickler for grammar. There was a bit of an issue with flow. Some parts were so bogged down by useless chatter that it was really hard to sink completely into the book.
Despite that the story is still a solid four stars and very close to five stars! The characters were absolutely fantastic and the plot was unique as well as entertaining. The author did a great job with the action scenes. The relationship that grew between Tom and Nathan was perfection. It was slow but not dragging and because of that their attraction was very solid and sexy.
Air is an imaginative, wild ride that I highly recommend!
M/M, Romance - novel
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
In an unknown future time, earth has been destroyed and the wider galaxy colonized. As some people have re-colonized earth, they have tried to escape the "Distant Rule" that seems to run everywhere else and have been at war ever since, twenty-years. Herman is a cyborg and part of the invading forces who has become mixed up with Blaze, a magician in the earth's army and is starting to doubt everything he has ever believed.
Because everything is shown from Herman's point of view, there are often murky points because his memories have been tampered with as well as his physical modifications. As Herman learns more about the force he fights for, he becomes more confused about which side is right and what he should do. When he finally has to choose a side, it becomes obvious that he must make a decision - and that alone helps him to decide what to do. Once he discovers that he has a choice, he becomes a freer man. He also fights mixed signals from Blaze. One moment he thinks the red-haired magician wants him, the next he thinks he is just a pawn, no longer even a soldier but just a tool. There are a lot of undercurrents in this story, like the issue of free-will and how the cyborgs memories are continously erased to keep them from caring about each other or empathizing with their enemies. Herman fights bias and prejudice from the people that he is helping on one hand, and the lies and manipulations that are all he knows on the other hand.
I admired his character for doing what he felt he should at great cost to himself and against all odds, and I was pleased with the end of the story when it looked as if he and Blaze might have a chance. Blaze himself is not as fully-realized a character as Herman, again because of the way the story is written, but some of his compassion and caring seemed to help in pushing Herman out of his "perfect soldier" mold. In all, I found this an enjoyable story and would recommend it for those who like science-fiction with romance thrown into the mix.