Ghost Star Night by Nicole Kimberling
Series: Sea of Stars, Book 1
Published by: Samhain Publishing on August 4, 2009
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Thomas Myrdin doesn’t have the life he knows he should have. While he’s allowed to live at court, he’s banned from using magic. And it’s through no fault of his own. But when he starts dreaming visions of the destruction of the world, he feels he must act. Even though the harbinger in his dreams is the newborn princess. But he will do what he must.
Lord Adam Wexley just can’t shake Thomas. There’s something about him that draws Adam in, even if Thomas doesn’t appear to feel the same. But Adam is loyal and knows his duty is to protect the princess. At the request of his mistress, Adam sets out to enlist Grand Magician Drake to assist. And he knows that won’t be an easy task.
Grand Magician Zachary Drake wants nothing to do with the court. He’s refused to ally or align himself with anyone. He lives outside of their system, doing his best to live outside of their traditions. But when Adam shows up at his door, he agrees to help. Even if it just might be his downfall.
This is a rich and unique world. The almost post-apocalyptic feel intertwined with fantasy and magic makes for an interesting combination. And the history and customs reveal themselves to the reader over the course of the story. It all flows well; nothing seems forced or out of place.
And these guys do not talk to each other about how they feel. Drake likes Adam. Adam likes Thomas. Thomas likes…well, you’ll have to read to find that one out. But they won’t say it or act on it. I wouldn’t call it slow burn exactly, but everyone takes the long way to their destination here.
It’s a fun an interesting read. And I give this a good recommendation to anyone interested in any of this book’s sub-genres.