Book Review | Thayer by Michele Notaro

Our world is slowly healing after surviving a horrific war. The magical and non-magical creatures of Brinnswick have pulled together to mend the world, but the man I think—really, I know—is my viramore, my soulmate, has somehow been left behind.

I felt drawn to him as soon as I met him, and I wanted to explore what we were to each other, but I never got the chance. Two of my brothers and I were whisked away to the land of the fae for three years in order to save our realm. But now I’m back, and I want to pick up where we left off, only it’s not that easy.

Toby is still heartbroken over what’s happened, and it seems his past is out to get him when bodies drained of blood start appearing all over Brinnswick. As we follow leads, I need to regain his trust and help heal his broken heart… and just maybe he’ll help heal mine as well.

Thayer is the first book in The Brinnswick Chronicles and takes place in the same world as The Ellwood Chronicles, but can be read as a standalone novel. It contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 years old and older.

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How was it?

As the first entry to The Brinnswick Chronicles, spin-off series of The Ellwood Chronicles, this one is rough. It’s angsty AF but the good kind – justified and necessary – and giving who one of the main character is – Tobias – I shouldn’t have been surprised. I guess it’s been long enough since I read The Witch’s Blood or The Enchanter’s Heart, both feature Toby and he’s quite the shy angsty dude in those stories.

What I didn’t expect was the extent of Tobias’ tragic backstory, oh boy what a messed up life he survived. So all his issues and the bit of drama they cause was never annoying, I understood and didn’t expect him to be magically fine – even though magic is real in this world – in a matter of a few chapters. The way his past informs/affect his bahavior and relationship with Thayer made sence and was a nice touch; it represents a type of intimate relationship I don’t often read about.

As for Thayer, he reads different from the boy I read about in the previous books, so it’s a bit jarring but once you use your brain and take into account Thayer’s own experiences, not seeing him changed would have been weird. The war alone is enough to change a man.

In a way, this book is very nostalgic because it takes you right back to the events of The Enchanter’s Heart during the Berserker war but instead of Ailin and Seb, Tobias and Thayer are the focus. And as fascinating their will they won’t they back and forth s, it made me long for the Ailin and Seb’s days that weren’t so angsty.

There’s also a passing of the torch that isn’t as smooth as I wanted to be, because it’s very strange to have Ailin not be the biggest and baddest guy around. He’s not exactly put down a few pegs but it could have been done with more respect.

When it comes to problems Tobias and Thayer have to face – other than relationship ones – it was quite entertaining and intense. The villains of this novel, and the threat looming over this series are set well and it looks like we’re in for a good ride.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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