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Title: Seducing the Sorcerer
Author: Lee Welch
Published: September 23, 2021
Cover Artist: Tiferet Design
Genre: Fantasy; Paranormal Romance; Erotic Romance
Length: 261 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Fantasy: Wizards, Magical Animals; Magic; HEA; CW: Abduction, Violence
About Seducing the Sorcerer
Homeless and jobless, Fenn Todd has nearly run out of hope. All he has left is his longing for horses and the strength of his own two hands. But when he’s cheated into accepting a very ugly sackcloth horse, he’s catapulted into a world of magic, politics and desire.
Fenn’s invited to stay at the black tower, home of the most terrifying man in the realm: Morgrim, the court sorcerer. Morgrim has a reputation as a scheming villain, but he seems surprisingly charming—and sexy—and Fenn falls hard for him.
However, nothing is as it seems and everyone at the tower is lying about something. Beset by evil hexes, violent political intrigue and a horse that eats eiderdowns, Fenn must make the hardest choices of his life.
Can a plain man like Fenn ever find true love with a scheming sorcerer?
To find a five-heart novel, like Lee Welch’s Seducing the Sorcerer, I’ll often devour twenty others which don’t measure up. If, like me, you enjoy tales of royal sorcerers, this novel is one in a hundred!
It’s told through the eyes of Fenn, once a simple horse groom, now a day laborer. He digs a ditch for the chance to earn his own horse, but ends up with a sackcloth and wood contraption; something like a saw horse with a head. Imagine his wonderment and terror when it animates. Then, when he mounts up, it flies him directly to Unket Tower, the home of Morgrim, the nation’s dangerous royal sorcerer.
Like Fenn, beguiling Morgrim is middle age. But he’s rumored to be tricking the country’s twenty-year-old Queen into betrothal, while she awaits coronation. What’s more, her older brother wants to be ruler instead. And also, there has been a devastating drought, so other countries are circling, smelling weakness. Despite the dry spell, Morgrim’s tower is under constant rain, leaving Fenn to wonder why the sorcerer is hoarding it, and what other terrible magic Morgim maintains. Can simple Fenn withstand the political intrigue?
Except, Morgrim’s ruthless reputation doesn’t hold up. In fact, he acts like a humble magician and treats Fenn as an esteemed guest! Then again, Fenn isn’t as common as he appears; he holds his own in Morgrim’s shrewd interrogations, starting with how a sackcloth and wood “worple horse” penetrated the castle barriers. Fenn is sure people are out to hurt the sorcerer, but it’s clearly not Aramella, the queen, who adores Morgrim. Is Morgrim loved as an advisor and friend, or a fiancé? Is anything as it seems?
At first Fenn doesn’t leave, afraid the worple horse might fly until he dies, or deposit him in a circumstance much less comfortable. Then, there’s the growing attraction between men. Morgrim seems to be flirting … as if big, rough Fenn might give Morgrim the tupping he hungers to receive… Or is Fenn simply under Morgrim’s spell? Does anyone control their magic?
I was thrilled by all of Fenn’s puzzlements, experiencing his confusion alongside him, putting pieces together at the same moment he did. As he made better choices than I might have, it accentuated his gentle strength and wisdom, even at the hands of bullies. “It didn’t do to be too easily cowed. It could make these domineering types worse. No, Fenn must strike the right balance between deference and dignity, and never mind that he felt too rattled to be up to the task.”
Each personality is complex, showing many different sides, even the worple horse! Ms. Welch has created an easily understood environment undergoing the Industrial Revolution, which offers parallels to our own issues. For example, I enjoyed the men’s discussion on the pros and cons of crystals, which only recently powered their world, mimicking how electricity did ours, both energy sources displacing horses with automation.
Seducing the Sorcerer is a beautiful light into a harsh world where nothing is as it seems, yet strength of character shines through. It is sensuous, sexy, thought-proving, exciting and executed with empathy for our humanity. “Ah well, that’s the human condition right there, ain’t it? Lots of it feels a bit ridiculous.”
A copy of Seducing the Sorcerer was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Lee Welch, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.