Tempest, by Cari Z
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Colm Weathercliff is a simple fisherman with an uncanny—some might say preternatural—knack for his trade. He thought leaving his small village to take his father’s ashes to the capital city of Caithmor for a proper burial would be the grandest adventure of his life.
At first, all his hopes seem to be fulfilled. He finds a home where he’s accepted without question, the freedom to use his talent to its fullest effect, and love with Nichol, a man with a longing for the sea as powerful as Colm’s.
But Caithmor holds as many dangers as it does attractions. Colm’s greatest secret turns out to be a dark revelation that gets him and his family shunned—and changes everything he thought he knew about himself.
The truth—about his parentage, his gift, even his physical form—could poison his chance for love. And doom both him and Nichol to a gruesome, inescapable fate.
Friends to Lovers
Tempest is a gorgeous, sweeping fantasy novel packed full of intrigue, mystery, and magic! Cari Z is an author that I know and trust to write compelling characters, and I adored Colm and his story as he discovers more about his life and who (and what) he is.
Colm was a magnificent character! He’s exactly the type of character I enjoy reading: strong, reliable, but imperfect. He’s very good at what he does, but struggles to connect easily with people, and his selflessness is at times his downfall.
The relationship was excellent, the kind of friends-to-lovers story that unfolds organically. Absolutely lovely! I do think the romance was secondary to Colm’s journey, but I was okay with that because it was so well done. And I really enjoyed reading the scenes with Nichol, because he was so much fun.
I will say that my biggest regret with this book is the spoiler in the summary “warning” (which I’m not including in my review). Knowing Colm’s secret in advance honestly ruined a lot of the surprise and anticipation for me, instead of letting the mystery unravel naturally. (If you’re keen to know, you can check the publisher’s site.)
Cari wrote a beautiful fantasy novel with some really incredible world-building. I hope we’ll get to see more books in this universe… maybe Baylee’s story? Or the continuation of Jaime’s tale? There’s so much good backstory that I’d love to see expanded on!
Cari has published short stories, novellas and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.