I’ve been a fan of Dark Fantasy for a long time, but they can get rather formulaic after a while. Frostfire is a fresh take on the genre with an easy-to-follow magic system, demons who are intelligent and sinister, and main characters who use more than magic to solve their problems, which is refreshing! There is also disability rep and an M/M main storyline that’s not overly sexualized/fetishized but instead focuses on a deep emotional connection! Overall a very engaging story. I can’t wait to read book 2!
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For centuries, the people of Tennebrum have been plagued by demons that crawl from the shadows of their very homes. Yet to Kyran, these demons and the hunters that fight them are naught but Isleish fireside tales, until one night in Tennebrum, Kyran wakes to the sounds of screams and flames. Born as a mage with rare magical talent granted by his curse-wrought blood, Kyran rushes into the inferno to find the demons are more than simple stories.
Kyran does not stand alone—Barrett, a fire-wielding demon hunter haunted by guilt and regret, rides out of the black of night, sweeping Kyran into the once in a lifetime opportunity to join the tumultuous and deadly life of a Guild-sanctioned hunter. But it doesn’t take long for Barrett to sense Kyran isn’t telling him everything about his stay in Tennebrum, and Kyran must decide whether to stay shackled by his secrets or chase the chance of becoming a Hunter.
As Kyran struggles to choose, a powerful demon from Barrett’s past returns to stalk the mage, threatening to devour Kyran as it had his former partner. Barrett fights desperately to keep Kyran safe against the fate that he swore to never allow anyone to suffer again even as the noose of Kyran’s secrets tighten around his neck.
WARNING: This book contains adult content that might be considered offensive. Strong language, violence, torture, and discussions of past SA and trauma. Reader discretion advised. Not for the fainthearted
Themes: slowburn, strangers to friends, hurt/comfort, angst, childhood trauma and abuse, mental health, self-harm, revenge, secrets.