Title : Soul Magic
Author : Poppy Dennison
Series : Triad, Book #3
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Fantasy, Paranormal
Length : 220 pages (e-book)
Published : May 6, 2013
Blood runs soul-deep. Cormac hasn’t been the same since the night the High Moon Pack was attacked. With his magic weakened, he’s consumed by a bloodlust he hasn’t felt since he first became a vampire. His need to replenish his power makes him a danger to his last remaining family member, and his hunger makes him careless. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles. Feeding from pack beta Liam Benson was supposed to slake his appetite, not leave him craving more.
Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend are trying to fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all of their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the shady Council of Mages for help. While Cormac struggles to reconcile his past failures with his current desires, Simon must attempt the impossible: an alliance between mind, body, and soul.
I was pretty damn excited to get to Liam and Cormac’s story after the set up in the last book. Although each book gives us a new couple to cheer on ultimately the series revolves around Gray and Simon. I would have loved to read a book all about Liam and Cormac but that’s not how this series works. This review may contain some small spoilers for the previous two books which you should read in order.
The book begins with Liam hunting down a more primal vampire Cormac and not the one we’re used to. He’s not acting right after the attack in the last book and Liam is determined to find out why. The two decide the answer to his overwhelming need for blood is to feed from Liam. This sets their physical relationship into motion. Throughout the book the guys get closer and the obstacles put in front of seem to bring out the need to protect and care for each other. It’s a little tricky because Liam’s loyalty is always firstly to his Alpha. When the children are threatened again everyone puts their resources into finding a way to stop the bad guy. It’s all for nought because there’s nothing in their histories stating a person with all three magics has ever done something like this before. When Cormac gets a visit from the baddie himself he realizes how it all comes full circle back to him.
I liked this book. While I would have liked a little more Liam and Cormac time we had quite a few things left open that I wanted resolution to. What makes Simon special? How Riley made it out and why the baddie wants him so badly? Why the supes live such segregated lives? I could go on but I will say I feel totally satisfied with my need to know the hows and whys of this series. And I also respect when an author has a plan for a series and doesn’t squeak out one needless book in a series just because. So thanks for that!
The characters, as always, are vivid and likable. Lots of little heart melting moments with the boys and endearing words between the guys. I also enjoyed the addition of the Mage council finally showing up. I’ve been wondering WTH is up with them! This series has been a lot of fun. I think even for those readers who don’t like fantasy because of the heavy world building would enjoy this because it has a great mystery kind of feel where you learn through the characters’ experiences. The intensity is sometimes exhausting so I’m happy to leave the pack where they are but it’s always sad to say goodbye to characters you’ve grown attached to. I’m sure Poppy has more goodies headed our way and I will absolutely be reading them!
Rated 4 stars by Whit