Legends say a syphon can drain a mage dry. He’ll brave the danger. Will she?
Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. She hasn’t spoken to her family in thirteen years, not since they exiled her from society for her lack of mage power. But she’s a syphon mage, able drain another mage’s power. Syphons’ destinies are always the same: death by fiery stake. She hides her secret by living among the Nons–powerless humans and the lowest class in the Republic. When her family orders her to go plead for the body’s return, she comes face to face with the one man who knows her secret.
Colonel Vincent Rallis isn’t letting his syphon get away this time. Not when she’s under suspicion of body-napping and aiding anti-mage terrorists. He’ll prove her innocence whether she wants him to or not, and then convince her they belong together…forever.
Vincent’s help comes with a steep price: Bronte must reveal her power. The inevitable ensuing witch-hunt and trial would be bad enough, but even a tough girl might buckle if her prosecutors are her own parents.
CONTENT WARNING: Hot, steamy nights with the colonel’s magic touch
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
Anise Rae grew up among the cornfields and soybeans of Ohio, dreaming of being a ballerina, an astronaut, and a romance writer. Thanks to her soul deep love of chocolate and a lack of natural grace, her ballerina dreams floated away as high as the moon, equidistant with the astronaut aspiration. She stuck with writing.
Now transplanted to the south, Anise lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her kids and a dog gifted with the power of finding dirty socks.
Syphon’s Song, a 2012 Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, is the first book in the Mayflower Mages series
Author photo by www.surianiphoto.com
I really appreciate a book that takes a risk, and this one did. It was a mix of magic concepts that struck the right cord, and the world built around them was lovely and engrossing. it was also nice to read a book that clearly starts a series, but doesn’t leave you on a cliff-hanger.
Bronte was a lovely character that really made you feel for her, and even though there was a definitive supernatural element, her problems were identifiable and felt very real – a keen accomplishment in a paranormal romance novel.
From a writer’s perspective, it did take a while for me to get into the flow of the book, and there was a large amount of world building information at the beginning, which I would have preferred to have been weaved in a little more delicately. The characters in the book were built-up beautifully, and I’m sure that Anise had some intricate character crib sheets lingering next to her laptop – a must for any writer looking to flesh out 3 dimensional characters that readers feel, rather than simply read about.
The front cover is pretty, but doesn’t say much about the magical aspect of the book itself. Unfortunately this is a very competitive genre and a cover that could pass for a contemporary teen read might not do the book justice in the long run.
Overall I’d give Syphon’s Song 4 out of 5 stars – a great start to a series with a subtle genre tweak and some compelling characters.