The Astral Mage by Hurri Cosmo, 2nd edition

0d80c94261fef99aafebc29a5a228174.image.266x400Title: The Astral Mage 2nd Edition
Series: Captains of the Wolf 01
Author: Hurri Cosmo
Genre: Science Fiction/ Fantasy
Length: Novella (147 pages)
ISBN: 978-1-63105-237-8
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (26th June 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ – 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Blurb: Kyrus is a wanted man. He’s an Astral Mage, better known as a “Soul Giver”, a race of people who can reattach life force energy back to its source. In other words, he brings the dead back to life. For years, the Confederated Authority, the governing body for planets, has been methodically hunting them down and Kyrus is as pure as they’ve seen.

So it becomes a huge risk when Tilbarr, the captain of the Wolf, brings Kyrus on board his ship. Not that Tilbarr is afraid of the ConFed. Far from it. But the threat to Kyrus doesn’t come from outside the Wolf and it isn’t long before Tilbarr realizes he just may have to give up everything in order to save Kyrus, his ship, his crew and even his life. All in all, not a bad trade off.

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Review: This is the second edition and there are no noticeable changes.

Kyrus has been captured and is being sold off. All because he is an Astral Mage, a person who can manipulate energy and reattach souls back to their bodies. For years, he has had to hide and run. But it looks like his luck has run out or so it seems. Until pirates board the ship, he is kept prisoner on. Tilbarr is the captain of the spaceship Wolf. He takes great pride in liberating certain vessels of their illegal goods. On one such trip, he comes across a young prisoner that intrigues him. Taking him back to the Wolf is a risk. But it is a risk he takes and it has nothing to do with his attraction for the mage. When Kyrus falls into the wrong hands Tilbarr realizes that he would do anything to save Kyrus, but has the realization come too late?

This is a really good science fiction story that has a slight twist of fantasy. Kyrus is a full-blooded Astral Mage and has to be on his guard against betrayal. Being different will lead the ConFed to him and if the ConFed get him, then he will never be free again, Kyrus would disappear just like all the other Astral Mages before him. Meeting Tilbarr gives him a little hope that he can finally trust someone, but the danger that could follow him is too much risk, but when Kyrus needs Tilbarr most, the man he has fallen for is there for him. Tilbarr takes a huge risk with Kyrus as his second in command, Slydane, repeatedly tells him, but Tilbarr has never felt such an instant connection to someone before and when he thinks he has lost Kyrus forever, he is willing to give up everything to get his man back.

I found this story to be really interesting, discovering a little bit about what an Astral Mage could do was fascinating and I would have loved to discover even more, but I don’t think even Kyrus knew all that much about it poor guy. Now Kyrus has had a really crappy life because of his abilities and never knowing who he could trust. But when he meets Tilbarr, he has an instance connection to him. Which I kept thinking was like a mate-bond, but a bond like that was never mentioned. Tilbarr is a really good character and although he did waffle a touch at first, he threw himself into going after Kyrus with his guns blazing, and showed his love and devotion in a reckless and terribly romantic way (well I thought it was anyway).

Well, I can honestly say that the sex between Kyrus and Tilbarr is explosive, although at one point I paused and thought the timing was a bit strange, but then really I just might throw myself into it as well if I was chancing capture or death like they were. I am hoping for more about the mysterious experiments that ConFed is conducting in future books, but we will just have to see what Hurri Cosmo comes up with for Slydane.

I will recommend this to those who love science fiction/fantasy, dangerous circumstances, space explosions, really hot sex, escapes and a very happy ending.