Ravenhearth’s hero Ash is a young orphan with nothing to lose. His mother is long gone, and he is alone in the world. More or less homeless, he wanders the streets and thinks about magic.
His hometown, Ravenhearth, is protected from the deadly miasma outside by the Keeper. Every ten years, the Keeper takes a new companion from the village to his tower in exchange for continuing to protect the village. The companion has to come willingly, and who better to go along than an orphan with no one to leave behind?
The ten years are up, and it’s time for the Keeper to take his companion. When Ash volunteers, no one can think of any reason to stop him. The best anyone could offer is a halfhearted “Wait…no…stop…” Thanks villagers. You’re super supportive of sending this kid to an unknown fate. For all you know, the Keeper eats his companions.
So begins Ash’s new life.
What awaits him in the Keeper’s tower? A close-knit family and a lot of sexual frustration. Seriously, Ash needs to learn to be a little more discreet. You can’t face the person who washes your crusty sheets after you have naughty thoughts EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Have some shame, man!
Even though Ash is the Keeper’s companion, he’s only met the man once. Instead, he finds himself wanting to be the butler Giles‘ companion more and more. Giles agrees to teach him magic in his time in the tower, and so the two of them become close. Even if Giles has a stick up his ass, he’s sexy as hell and Ash’s hormonal body/mind are defenseless against the closest thing he’s had to a father figure in his life.
Does Ravenhearth sound a bit like Beauty and the Beast to you? If so, you’re not wrong, but I promise it is a new take on the old story. It’s a quick read, and I won’t claim it’s perfect, but Ravenhearth will definitely provide a few hours of fun.
I give Ravenhearth a solid B, check it out!
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