Book Reviews

Destiny's Call (Mages of the Nether 1) by A.M. Halford at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Wizards, Witches, and Mages / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-July-2016

Book Blurb

Aiden Dalrymple, the Medium for his generation, hates the fact he can’t practice the Craft normally. He tries again and again to use his family’s abilities in the traditional manner, always ending in failure. His parents swear he’s destined for greatness, something he highly doubts. What good could summoning creatures of the Nether do?


Daniel Bradford is a Mage, having studied the Craft since he was young. He returns home from college upon being called by his family. His mother, gifted with the Sight, has foreseen a great calamity within the Nether and he is to play a part in bringing balance. Him and one other.


Aiden and Daniel are sent to the Nether to prevent the foreseen disaster. While they’re there Daniel must find a way to bring balance to Aiden himself, and make him accept the fact he is the only one that can help them solve this mystery.


Book Review

I so enjoy jumping in to a brand-new series, especially one involving the paranormal as it is a favorite genre of mine. Having read other books by A.M. Halford, I felt guaranteed that Aiden and Daniel's story would keep me interested. I definitely wasn't disappointed and I loved learning about the world of the Nether, mages, and a powerful Medium.

“The oath our family took at the start of this system trumps the pledge the previous king made. We must come out of hiding. It is our duty, as the Guardians of the Nether, to protect it from all threats.”

No matter how many times his parents have told Aiden that being the Medium is not a curse, Aiden doesn't believe them, in part due to how he discovered who he was. He considers his talent useless particularly since he's unable to perform even the simplest spells, even though he's been told time and again that the Craft doesn't work for him in the same way. He can summon a hellhound so why would he care that he can't do a simple lighting spell? Aiden's insecurities are not going to help as he and Daniel begin their journey.

Aiden's family, the fifth noble house, the Dragon clan, has been in hiding assisted by the king for the past thirty-nine years, ever since Aiden's mother was three years old. Someone attempted to murder the entire clan so hence the oath with the king. However with the queen's vision, the Dalrymple's must reveal themselves and help with the threat from the Nether. They will also need to watch for a threat from within the other noble houses. The vision clearly pairs the crown prince, Daniel, with the current Medium and this could be a problem since Aiden's had a crush on Daniel since high school.

The gathering the queen puts together when she summons all of the noble houses, inadvertently forcing Aiden's family to reveal themselves and him as the Medium, is quite exciting with each of the heirs having to demonstrate their abilities as mages. Aiden pretty much knocks them all out of the park when he summons a hellhound! It was pretty awesome! *grins* The queen refuses to believe that the Medium is a man however, and she makes it very plain she doesn't accept Aiden.

The trip to the Nether was extremely cool in my opinion. The descriptions along with their adventure was fascinating, but finding Alderon was the best. And no, I'm not telling you who that is. You have to read the book because if I tell you then it will ruin everything.

A very exciting beginning to a new series. I'm definitely looking forward to more as the threat to Aiden's family is still out there along with a threat to the Nether.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 188 pages/52407 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-May-2016
Price $4.99 ebook
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