Spell Weaver, by Megan Derr
Part of the Peacock Collection
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: June 29, 2016
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Myka’s dream was to someday own his shop, making and spelling suits that were prized throughout the world. Instead, he rejected an apprenticeship with a master who proved to be reprehensible—and touchable—and lost everything. Now, he works in a derelict shop in the wrong part of town, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught spelling without a license or thrown out by his odious landlord.
The only bright part of his days are the occasional visits from his best client, Johan, a man who works in the palace and always brings the finest suits to have spelled. When he accidentally leaves behind an invitation to the royal ball, Myka takes it, determined to have one evening where he can enjoy himself—and perhaps even spend time with Johan as something other than a spell weaver.
A new and unique take on the Cinderella fairy tale, this time starring Myka, a tailor of suits, weaving spells into them illegally, just trying to get by in life. He works hard, barely scraping by with enough to pay the rent and eat. His landlord is a terrible man, making life even harder on Myka, but he’s determined. Things seem like they are going to get better, at least for this month, when his favorite customer, Johan, comes in with a rush order for spell weaving.
All of this set up leads to a sweet and beautiful tale about two men who’ve been dancing around each other without even realizing it. The writing is sort of lyrical, and I found myself really involved in the story, it was a surprise to look up when finished, only to realize I have not moved in the little over an hour it took me to read it. I am a fidgety person on a good day, simply restless the rest of the time. Only when the words pull me in, a story takes me outside myself, am I simply able to just be. The ending, while very good and giving me just what I wanted, was still an ending and I wish there was more.
For me, this was magical and a bright light. One of the best short stories I think I’ve ever read. I simply loved this and will recommend this forever.
Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.