Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. She hasn’t spoken to her family in thirteen years, not since they exiled her from society for her lack of mage power. But she’s a syphon mage, able drain another mage’s power. Syphons’ destinies are always the same: death by fiery stake. She hides her secret by living among the Nons--powerless humans and the lowest class in the Republic. When her family orders her to go plead for the body’s return, she comes face to face with the one man who knows her secret.
Colonel Vincent Rallis isn’t letting his syphon get away this time. Not when she’s under suspicion of body-napping and aiding anti-mage terrorists. He’ll prove her innocence whether she wants him to or not, and then convince her they belong together...forever.
Vincent’s help comes with a steep price: Bronte must reveal her power. The inevitable ensuing witch-hunt and trial would be bad enough, but even a tough girl might buckle if her prosecutors are her own parents.
CONTENT WARNING: Hot, steamy nights with the colonel’s magic touch
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
Bronte Casteel is a Syphon. She has the ability to absorb and diminish the magical powers of other Mages. Syphons have long been feared and reviled and hunted to extinction. Bronte knows her own family despises her and has lived as a Nom pretending she was born without magic. The Mages have treated ordinary humans (Noms) as second class citizens but times are changing and there's a growing unrest.
Bronte's grandfather dies. It's believed he was murdered but someone has stolen his body and Bronte is sent with a message to the Rallis family seeking help. She's avoided them as some time ago, she realised her Syphon powers were amplified when she's in the presence of Vincent Rallis. He's searched for Bronte for nearly thirteen years. Now she's back in his world and he refuses to let her go.
Bronte knows if the truth about her own abilities is revealed to the world she faces death, however, Vincent is not a man to flinch away from a challenge. It's getting harder to avoid each other but when Bronte's accused of treachery and implicated in acts of terrorism, it's time for the truth to come out. Vincent will do all in his power to protect the woman he loves even if proving her innocence is going to be harder than they thought.
I was really interested to read Syphon's Song, but unfortunately found the story a little slow initially. I guess I just hoped for more action and it took a while for the world building to really grab me. In fact, I felt it might be a young adult take and then happily, it just gathered momentum. By the time I was half way, this most definitely became an adult read with a surprisingly strong sexual tone.
As for the pace, well, it just kept going and bowled me over. Such a lot started to happen and I loved that the author surprised me. Terrorists, necromancers, sibling rivalry, the list goes on with all the complexities Ms Rae has riddled this story with! Although initially, I didn't feel drawn in, I'm happy to say the destination was definitely worth the journey! Ms Rae has well and truly found her stride!
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