Author ~ Viano Oniomoh
Published ~ 7 March 2016
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Fantasy
Ember Quinn believes he is content with his life. He’s got Mac; his overweight cat, his job as a security guard at the train station, and the house he’d bought with his hard earned money, and he thinks he doesn’t need anything else. But then one day, part of the Aurora Circus comes to town and sexy, intimidating Pyro sweeps him off his feet with a literal breath of fire.
And Ember is suddenly not so content with his life anymore.
Freya’s Book Brief
Ember is ticking along with life. He values his privacy and independence. As such he mostly ignores his overbearing family. He has a job that he tolerates and a cat that he loves. What else is there? He finds out when he meets Pyro – a member of Aurora Circus, performing at Em-Caelestis, a celebration of re-birth. Pyro uses a magic born within him to manipulate his body’s natural fire (that’s the burn to cinder stuff, not the lustful fire).
Ember lives in Dex-Axima – the biggest kingdom in the world, which is suspiciously like a futuristic, cleaner, version of London, but more accessible. Their language is decidedly British, too. After meeting Pyro, he attends the Em-Caelestis with his family, who are... quirky... I think is the best way to describe them – especially his mother.
After meeting Pyro again and sharing a lustful kiss, Ember runs off and joins the circus. But, the Aurora Circus isn’t any old circus. It is full of magical people, assisted by magical happenings. “By the gods,” is a frequently used phrase, along with the overuse of the words, bloody, gods, goddess, and the one I’ve shuddered at since Twilight – the bitten lip.
Reading and reviewing this story is a little like giving a weather report that covers all eventualities, rain, and sunshine with a chance of snow. I suspect, some readers will love it, some will hate it, and others will have WTF thoughts about it. And it’s because I am on the fence about this story, that I say such a thing.
Pyro, I love. I love his confidence, his actions, and his sexiness – damn, if a few more men were like him, the world would be a more interesting place. The sparks between him and Ember are highlights. The men are undeniably well named.
For anyone out there ancient enough to remember the sci-fi TV show Blake’s 7 – this story reminded me of the kind of world they’d visit. It’s a touch tinny, with drama, and some things don’t quite make sense, but it is fun and despite its flaws, worth watching. Reading the Butterfly Finale was akin to being taken into the land of the imaginarium.