Four out of Five Stars
The Summary: Traitor: that’s what Tatsu is now. On the run from both Runon and Chayd, Tatsu and Yudai’s only hope for survival is to disappear into the wilds. However, when the siphon’s deadly curse returns, they have no choice but to travel into the desert kingdom of Joesar in search of a cure.
Battling the unforgiving elements of the sands, Tatsu starts to realize that the path towards destroying the siphon may claim Yudai’s life. Time is running out as Nota’s fury—and the siphon’s hunger—begin to spiral wildly beyond their control.
As their options slowly fall away, the only thing Tatsu and Yudai can count on is each other.
First let me tell you how excited I was to have both books in my possession when I finished The Life Siphon. I immediately grabbed for The Mage Heir and started reading. There was no way I was going to take a break. I needed to know what was going to happen with Yudai and Tatsu as they separated from Alesh and Ral.
The pair are running from Nota but also looking for a way to help Yudai and the way his magic acts as a siphon, stealing the energy and life of the environment around him. My absolute favorite part of book two was getting to learn more about Yudai as he regained his strength. Yudai was smart, stubborn, a little frustrating at times, but you could honestly see how much he cared for Tatsu.
Their journey into the desert of Joesar is quiet intense. There were times I felt my mouth go dry from the heat and dryness of the sand. It was dangerous and just when you think they catch a break, they don’t. Poor Tatsu, he had thought they had reached safety and instead ended up suffering from the sting of a scorpion. This is where Yudai and Tatsu’s roles are reversed and Yudai has to help take care of Tatsu.
They took care of and pushed each other on wards during their journey. It wasn’t just one man being the savior. They were both saviors and if you didn’t have one of them, I don’t think you would have gotten the result we did at the end of the book.
My heart raced during certain scenes. My chest ached in others because I was worried about what was going to happen. I became invested in seeing this through. I needed them to come out on top. The settings were just as intense and important as they were in The Life Siphon. I would have been disappointed if they weren’t. I’m glad I wasn’t.
Yudai and Tatsu … Alesh and Ral … You can’t really have one with out the other, can you?
Ral was a wonderful surprise. Like I mentioned in my previous review, I knew there was something special about her. She always had the ability to make it through perilous situations, understand what was happening around her and she’d know what was coming. There was a reason for that and to see her character as not just a sister with a disability, but someone just like you and I, that made me particularly happy. She wasn’t disabled. She saw and experienced the world differently than those around her.
Tatsu chose to do what he could for the betterment of the world around him, even though he risked his own life to do so. To be faced with a decision of that magnitude, not once but twice, and he still chose the same, it made me proud to consider him one of my favorites.
Now for the romance, oh boy. Those kisses. There weren’t sex scenes but it wasn’t needed and wouldn’t have worked in this book. But those kisses. Yudai and Tatsu were gorgeous together and in a world of fairy tales, I would say they were made for each other. They just had to find each other.
If you’re a fan of fantasy novels, grab this duology. It is well worth it. I was able to lose myself in this world and when I was done reading the books, I was satisfied. You know how it is, where you just curl up in bed and let out a pleased sigh while you think about what could happen next for Yudai and Tatsu.