I highly recommend this if you love high fantasy and adventure romance.
My rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ plus
Publisher: Loose Id
Alexis Duran’s elegant yet earthy prose drew me hard and fast into the first book, Touch of Salar. In the kingdom of Rakkan and on the horizon, rebels and royalists draw closer and closer to the healing temple of Ka’alar. The god of light, Salar, lends his healing powers to the monks there. Since the outbreak of war to the south, the king uses the temple as his own private hospital where he sends his wounded officers and assassins for healing. Conversely, the serpent god of death and darkness, Ka’alar, servant of Salar, dwells secretly beneath the temple. M’lan, one of the temple’s most talented healers, a compassionate, humble soul, is horrified when he is attracted to one of the king’s best assassins, Major Jamil Jarka. M’lan uses the healing power of touch on Jamil to not only heal his physical wounds, but the deeper wound that a life of violence has left on his heart and soul. Jamil, also stongly attracted to M’lan, fears M’lan’s growing power over his heart. These two have everything going against them–the natural antipathy of warrior and healer; strong class distinctions forbidding their romance, and the war drawing closer and closer to the peaceful temple. Just the way I LOVE it.
In Blood of Salar, the war has escalated, tearing the kingdom and its people apart. After a brief and very sexy reunion, M’lan and Jamil are separated again. The war comes to the temple, even as it takes Jamil far away.The brilliant heart to the story of M’lan and Jamil is the uneasy, treacherous balance the two share and that ultimately changes and bonds them deeply. If you could end a terrible, bloody war by killing someone, would you? Is it possible to “cleanse a man’s heart of violence and hatred”? While Jamil is away scouting and plotting with the royalists, fighting his way back to M’lan, the lessons he struggled to learn from his lover begin to take hold in his heart. He must return to M’lan before the war changes his beloved healer into a creature of anger and vengeance.
Author Bio: Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was cataloguing the collection in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She’s had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats. She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novel and several other erotic novellas.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/alexis.duran.18294
Other: My blog at http://alexisduranblog.com