Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Legend of Gentleman John by TJ Nichols – Warmest Wishes

Banyn, a fae, escorts the souls of children to Magh Meall, but one Christmas, he comes for a lad who isn’t quite dead, and he breaks a rule rather than wait while John fights a battle he’ll ultimately lose. So begins a long-running affair that crosses the border between life and death, the human and fae realms, and even oceans to strange countries with different gods and rules.

John Rourke renounced a religion that had no place for him and returned to the old ways. Convicted of theft, he is sentenced to transportation and suffers brutal punishment—until he escapes to live on his own terms as a bushranger. When vengeance against his tormentor consumes him and threatens his life, John finds he has only one holiday wish—to see his fae lover one last time.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I loved this story. I wasn’t at all expecting it to go in the direction it did and I actually had to backtrack to make sure I understood what I read, but that’s what made it even more enjoyable for me. When an author can surprise me – and I don’t mean shock and awe surprise, but a genuine twist I didn’t see coming – I tend to remember those stories far longer than most. The Legend of Gentleman John certainly fits that bill and it’s not one I’ll soon forget.

Despite its short page count, Nichols packs a lot of story into The Legend of Gentleman John through the clever use of poignant scenes that move between the past and present of John’s life in the five years since meeting Banyn. While not my favorite storytelling device, the author shifts between the past and present seamlessly, allowing the reader to learn what has befallen John in between his visits with Banyn through their conversations and John’s inner musings. Whether it is in spite of or because of the horrors John endured in his short life, he gets the happy ending that is, in my opinion, absolutely perfect for him… and Banyn. And the glimpse of their future was a lovely touch that made their story even more endearing.

TJ NICHOLS is the author of the Studies in Demonology series as well as several novellas. Having grown up reading thrillers and fantasy novels, it’s no surprise that mixing danger and magic comes so easily. Writing urban fantasy allows TJ to make sure that evil gets vanquished and the hero gets his man.

With two cats acting as supervisors, TJ has gone from designing roads to building worlds and wouldn’t have it any other way. After traveling all over the world and Australia, TJ now lives in Perth, Western Australia.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Warmest Wishes: The Legend of Gentleman John by TJ Nichols to read and review.

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