Title: Magic Runs Deep
Author: Alex Whitehall
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, High Fantasy
Length: Novel (182 pages)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 9, 2018)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.
Elrid, the invading king’s brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.
However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.
Review: Veier has been a captive of a king for Five years. He’s been in his bear formed chained to a throne. He’s been forced to do some unsavoury things for the king. Then one day invaders come and even though he is ferocious and attacks one decides to show him mercy and take him home when they return.
Elrid is not afraid of Veier as he see’s him for who he really is. I loved the slow romance. The trust building between these two is not instant like in some books. It made sense that Veier would have a hard time trusting anyone after what he has been through.
The plot was wonderfully written with mystery and a dash of suspense thrown into the mix. I loved the story and enjoyed it very much.