Title: Spell Weaver
Author: Megan Derr
Series: Peacock Collection
Genre: M/M Fantasy Romance
Available: June 29th
Myka’s dream was to someday own his shop, making and spelling suits that were prized throughout the world. Instead, he rejected an apprenticeship with a master who proved to be reprehensible—and touchable—and lost everything. Now, he works in a derelict shop in the wrong part of town, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught spelling without a license or thrown out by his odious landlord.
The only bright part of his days are the occasional visits from his best client, Johan, a man who works in the palace and always brings the finest suits to have spelled. When he accidentally leaves behind an invitation to the royal ball, Myka takes it, determined to have one evening where he can enjoy himself—and perhaps even spend time with Johan as something other than a spell weaver.
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
I really enjoyed this cute M/M Cinderella re-telling. It’s short, sweet and imaginative, with a touch of added heat. In terms of romance, it’s pretty straightforward and a bit rushed in places (such as at the ball – that definitely moves fast), but it follows the fairytale trope in a clever little way, and I loved the nods here and there to the more familiar versions (a mouse brooch, Ash Street etc).
What made this story for me, though, was the magic. I loved the spell weaving. The way Myka takes an ordinary suit and bespells it in various ways. It’s such a simple idea, told in a wonderful way. I really liked Myka and I’d love to read more about him and this world. Johan is less developed, but I found him interesting too, and though their relationship moves a bit fast, I did like the end.
If you’re looking for a cleverly retold Cinderella tale, or a nifty bit of M/M fantasy, with a likeable main character, a bit of heat and some great magic, then give this a try.
Spell Weaver is out June 29th!
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