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This is the book that I enjoyed the least from this author so far. I find that Goeffrey (and his brother as well) make me uneasy. It's not that I mind men on men romance (I did enjoy Seth's & Goldsham story) thought it's not the kind that I would seek out. It's not exactly the hedonism I mind or lust, but the mix leaves me buffled. And poor Aleksander (although I am sure he would not be pleased with this sentence). I find it heartbreaking that he had so little kindness in his life and so telling that in book written at least partially from Isembards perspective Aleksander is seen as man in full control and possession of his life when he's so tragically uprooted.
Soothing, mildly amusing story...slow pace, simple plot, predictable actions...brings us to the delightful magical world, following a troubled hero, who is finding some equilibrium and clarity...a rather silly seduction intrudes, but it is easy to skip, in order to enjoy the unfolding storyline...entertaining...
Lake turns her attention to the 1930s with all the implications of the foreshadowing of another world war. Geoffrey Carillon needs to free a friend from magical imprisonment in Germany where he's forced to do research into possible chemical and magical warfare weapons. He turns to Alexander Landry, a member of the Albion council -- Geoffrey doesn't trust the Council in the least because of a long-standing event in his family history. But Alexander has a skill that Geoffrey needs, and, as they sort out their prickly relationship, it turns out that both have uses for the other for emotional and magical support, and more. Lake's books are not for everyone but I find them to be the best sort of comfort read. Her characters are generally kind and concerned for those about them as well as being extremely interesting in their own right. All the books are set in Albion, a hidden magical community that exists in England along side the rest of the populace who have no magic whatsoever. I recommend them highly if you like fantasy romance with kind and competent characters.