- Title: Sorcerer’s Knot
- Author: Tali Spencer
- Genre: Fantasy Romance
- Why: I liked Thick as Thieves so wanted to check out another book by this author
- Rating: 4 Stars
Description: In a world where pleasure unlocks even the best-guarded magic, Cian has a long list of magical talents—and an even longer list of sorcerers he slept with to acquire them. He even seduced a dragon. There’s just one arcane power left for him to master: command over the sea. Now Cian has learned where to find Muir the Scarred, the only man known to have mastered that power—and he is determined to wrest it from him by whatever means necessary.
But completing the task isn’t so easy. First, Cian’s boat is wrecked on the shores of Muir’s desolate island. Then he learns an enchantment will keep him there forever. And when he tries to seduce Muir, he finds himself being seduced by the mysterious sorcerer instead. But the source of the power Cian seeks is also trapped on the island, and it will stop at nothing to break free, even if that means forcing pleasure—and magic—from Cian’s unwilling body.
Review: Since I really enjoyed Thick as Thieves by this same author, I figured I’d give this one a try, and once again I was pleasantly surprised. The plot is pretty straightforward – the sorcerer Cian is on a quest to acquire all forms of magic, and only has the magic of the sea left to learn. Word is that the only one who can teach him is Muir the Scarred, who lives on a small island in the sea, so Cian sets out to find him and wrest the information from him in any way possible, seduction being high on the list.
There really isn’t an awful lot more I can say about either the plot or the book. It is well-written, without clunky dialogue or awkward sentences, has plenty male on male action to keep you entertained and a plot that never bores. Tali Spencer serves up another world where every man appears to be gay or at least bi-curious, yet manages to make it so that either it seems plausible or it simply doesn’t matter.
There are two reasons I didn’t give it five stars – I found the ending a bit light on delivery for the situation presented, which in my head was far graver, and it was too damned short. I’d be surprised if this was more than novella-length. Other than that it was a solid fantasy romance, recommended for anyone who likes M/M.