Love and magic have a great deal in common. – Nora Roberts
So after reading and reviewing Creature Feature, I was a little intrigued about the paranormal business in the m/m romance genre. I had heard quite a bit about the “Magic” series by Dennison and when Soul Magic came across the review list, I thought it was time to delve into this genre. I started with the first book in the series, Mind Magic, and progressed to Body Magic before diving into Soul Magic.
Now I realize that many of you are scratching your heads and probably questioning my credibility since I confessed that paranormal just wasn’t my cup of tea, and are wondering for someone who doesn’t like it he sure did read three books in two weeks time. While I may not be a full convert just yet, let me just say that this series is just that good.
The series follows a mage, Simon, who from all accounts is a very beloved and rightfully so character in the series. Simon falls in love and becomes the alpha mate of Gray the alpha of a local werewolf pack. There are many supporting characters in this delectable series, but all three books find themselves centered in one way or another around Simon and Gray. Dennison takes three kinds of magic—mind, body and soul—and weaves them into her tale of her two main characters. Their struggle to find love and how the other characters find love and all of them deal and relate to the magical gifts bestowed upon them is well told and makes for a wonderful, hopeful, and incredible story.
The fact that each story can stand on it’s own is a tour de force by Dennison, but even more so is how intricate and seamless the three books work together. It is a remarkable series that if one is a fan of paranormal romance or not is well worth reading.
Soul Magic, the culmination of this series does a remarkable job of finishing the story that Dennison industriously set out to tell. The climax of how the three different magic’s work together is a scene in the book that I could not stop reading. The culmination scene for me ranks up there with the best of the best of any series including “the little sorcerer who could and shall not be named.”
I love a good romance story, but to be honest I like my romance to have substance. I like my books to have a story to tell. Yes romance for the sake of romance is a well-known pattern of storytelling in the vein of soap operas and Harlequin romances, but I like knowing that the romance and the love have a purpose. I like seeing how it interacts in people’s lives and how the world is affected by such love. When that is interposed with a truly great story, it makes for a delicious read. That is what Soul Magic and the other two books in the series accomplish. It is worth anyone’s time to give this wonderful book and series a try.
Reviewed by: Bruce