Defender of Magic
By: S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Publisher: Ravynheart Publishing
Publish Date: March 16, 2012
Format: eBook, 44pgs
Genre: Fantasy, Fey
Series: 3rd of Champion of the Sidhe series, Prequel ~ In Whom You Trust, 1st Book ~ The End of the World, 2nd Book ~ Champion of the Fey
Affiliate of: Rise of the Unseelie series, and Touch series
Raiders have attacked Danu's temple, slaughtering its defenders. The artifacts that are the last hope for the survival of the fey are in danger. With Changelings out to kill him, and goblins determined to abduct him, Lugh's on a quest to find a stronghold for those treasures. Perhaps he should have thought twice before seeking a safe haven in the territory of shape-changing, fire-breathing dragon.
With fingers hesitant with longing, Lugh stroked the porcelain cheek of the Sidhe who was once worshipped as the moon goddess.
My Thoughts and Summary:
We start with Lugh having very fond memories of one Sidhe he cared for; loved and loved him, Rhiannon. Lugh is yearning for the Touch of a fellow Sidhe, one of which like him, and he has not found another since the fall of the Mounds. Lugh is drawing weaker as every use of magic drains him more, bringing the Fade closer. As Lugh and Willem near to their temple of the All Mother, Lugh senses trouble. Changelings have found and attacked their safe haven for the artifacts. Lugh needs to take the body of Danu and artifacts to somewhere safe, but where would that be... Lugh has an idea and it involves a dragon.
We see Lugh weak here. We learn of his strong, long past and are able to realize just how weak he is without the mounds magic or even interaction with his own kind. Lugh is so weak, he gets trapped by the nasty little goblins.
We meet a new character here, Jonathan....a dragon-shifter! I like meeting this new man! He's got a little bit of a pest issue, with the next of goblins now scurrying through his territory. Oh, Jonathan's home...I love the picture drawn of Jonathan's home! Love the looks of this place, inside the cave. It's not what you think it would look like.
This world keeps growing with different creatures mentioned. There is mention of wolf-kin, or werewolves as they go by now, as well.. in this ever growing world. With the world growing in this series, it's also growing to the other two series affiliated with it. If you are reading all three series; Champion of the Sidhe (this one), The Rise of the Unseelie, and Touch, you will take note that the goblin nest that had fallen and now pestering Jonathan are the ones from the Touched series in which Donovan, from The Rise of the Unseelie, had also squeezed out of their home. It's really neat the way things cross this series. It's not confusing, just neat the way I'm reading and think, "Oh, that has to be so-so from Touch, and then touched in Rise of the Unseelie too. Just nice to connect the three series.
This series has action and fighting, but what this series holds my attention with more is the world building with the characters knowledge and history, and even what they are doing now.
It was the end that brought my attention to full focus. Their is suspense and hopes hinted at, that there are more Fey and Sidhe for Lugh to save, but not knowing where they are hidden is the secret...along with why.
You can learn more about all three series; Champion of the Sidhe, Rise of the Unseelie, and Touch at The Sidhe, site of S.A. Archer and S. Ravynheart.
**I read this for an honest review.
***This review is of my personal thoughts, and feelings