Monday, August 11, 2014

The Kayan's Mage by Jess Buffett

The KayanTitle:The Kayan’s Mage
Series: Hunter Clan, 1
Author: Jess Buffett
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M
Word Count: 36,127
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Sawyer McLeod lost his family and his entire Guild, except his twin, seven years ago. Now almost twenty-one, he is coming to the age to receive his abilities as a Mage. Unfortunately there are others who will stop at nothing to see the brothers don’t survive that long.
When Jake Hunter, Kayan for a Clan of Wolf Shifters living in Australia, finally finds his true-mate, he doesn’t expect it to be in the midst of a brutal attack. Through omissions of truth, misunderstandings, and fear, Jake struggles to prove to Sawyer that he can trust him.
When Sawyer is finally willing to give Jake a chance, a ghost from the past returns to destroy everything they have built together. Will they be able to overcome the foe long thought gone, or will it be the end for the Kayan’s Mage?

This was my first time reading Jess Buffett author of The Kayan’s Mage.  And I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 
Ms. Buffett gave us a world that functions alongside that of humans.  But for all that paranormals have additional skills and powers, they are disconnected from each other.   Furthermore their bad seeds hide in plain sight which leads us to Sawyer.  He has intimate knowledge of just how deadly bigotry can be.  In spite of the harsh reality that has shaped his world, he maintains a strength of character that tries to look past stereotypes.  I admired his willingness to listen even when he is hurt, some would even say betrayed.  I loved not only his strength but also his sense of humor.  Watching him become more as he learned to trust his mate was well laid out by Ms. Buffett. 
Speaking of mates, Jake was the next Kayan and determined to wait for his true mate.  How long he would be willing to hold strong wasn’t really put to the test since he meets Sawyer.  But in spite of serendipity, I really liked Jake.  His aha moments fit in well with the story.  He took time to understand and calm his mate’s fears despite his growing need to claim him.  I found that one of the many admirable traits along with his willingness to admit when he is wrong, something not many are willing or able to do.
I enjoyed seeing Jake and Sawyer interact with their family and friends throughout this story.  I thought Ms. Buffett gave us characters that were well rounded as well as interesting.  I am looking forward to where she will take the Hunter Clan series.

                                   Four Twinkling Stars

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