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Nor Iron Bars a Cage by Kaje Harper is a dark m/m fantasy tale that centers on Lyon, a man who is still learning to cope with the aftereffects of his horrific imprisonment by a wraith conjured up by his former mentor. His progress has been slow and is abruptly disrupted when his long-lost friend, Tobias, requests his assistance in the name of their king. The inexorable combination of force and compassion that Tobias applies to convince Lyon to comply with the king’s commands rekindles both their friendship and the nightmares that Lyon has been struggling to suppress. Little do they know that the request may also conjure up much more than either is prepared to handle.
This mesmerizing tale blends a fascinating character study with an intriguing and chilling portrait of the dangers of a thirst for knowledge. The deep emotionalism evoked by the author portrays a beautiful and sensitive unfolding of a relationship fraught with complications, not least of which are the scars—both internal and external—which hinder healing. It was fascinating watching the personal conflicts play out against the dramatic backdrop of an international skirmish even as arcane forces are brought into play. The wry self-knowledge and amazing inner strength displayed by a man who considers himself weak contrasts nicely with the determination and self-assurance of his long-lost friend who wants to be even more.
There are delicious twists and turns in the paranormal aspects of the story even as one is spellbound by the struggle that unfolds and one can’t help but wince for the pain experienced and cheer for each victory, no matter how apparently trivial it seems. I adored Tobin’s sensitivity and understanding as he woos Lyon out of his shell even as I enjoyed his earthiness and appreciation of his own sensuality.
This was the first work that I have read by Ms. Harper, and it prompted me to immediately look for others penned by her, with the result that I now have a new name to add to my favorites list, and thankfully, several series to catch up on which will increase my TBR mountain exponentially, but I am definitely NOT complaining. I would love to see more stories with this pair in them as well, but for now, I will content myself with exploring other tales by this very talented author.
© Night Owl Reviews
I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.
Even better, you have the opportunity to read this, and a few of this author's other works at no charge!
I've enjoyed these three titles as well, just haven't gotten the reviews done, since I have about 15 waiting to get written!
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51666 (Lies and Consequences)