Wendy reviews Warlock Academy by T. C. Orton (Self-published June 13,2016 150 pages)
It was only a week ago that William packed his bags for Oxford when a letter appeared in front of him in a blaze of purple fire before slowly descending like a feather riding the wind. He had plans to work in politics, to make the world a better place, to put all those top grades from high school to good use but none of that mattered to him anymore. William told everyone that he was off to Harvard instead, knowing that his British parents wouldn’t make the journey to visit him, and he headed for the portal disclosed to him in the letter.
Magic was real and William had a chance to spend the next three years studying it. He couldn’t let that opportunity pass him by, even if it meant giving up on what was surely a carved out future for the overachieving eighteen-year-old.
His fingers clutched the crumpled letter in his pocket as he began to tug, fighting the tightness of his jacket to free himself so that he could see which hall he belonged to. He yanked so hard that his hand flew back, ricocheting outwards until it met the person next to him.
“Sorry!” He called out in a panic, turning to apologize so fast that his glasses flung from his face and vanished into the crowd. “Dammit!” He added in a hiss of frustration, quickly tucking his wavy brown hair back behind his ears before it sprung free.
He was hardly the most graceful eighteen-year-old to have ever existed, nor did he do well in large groups that rushed around him. William preferred the quiet life, often opting for a cup of tea as he tucked himself into a blanket with his favorite book spread across his palm. He thought that Warlock Academy would be full of intellects like himself who would rather ingest wisdom than booze.
He was wrong.
This is the story of a young warlock William, who is almost painfully shy, awkward and introverted. He is just starting his first year at the Warlock Academy and knows almost nothing about living amongst other young warlocks and socializing with them. He’s such a sweet naïve young man that I instantly loved him. He begins to have his misadventures right away in this book and they aren’t just little mishaps. No, they are great big accidents and as he is busy trying to find his way (literally and figuratively), he ends up getting hurt by the school bully. Seriously hurt, coma hurt. Although once he wakes and begins his recovery, you can tell that it had an impact on the kind of person he is. He starts to come out of his shell, he is more outgoing, he finds that he has friends and realizes that he likes other guys. One other guy in particular. Logan, the leader of the fraternity.
I knew right away that I was going to like Logan. He has a scene right away at the beginning of the story that was super steamy and I thought it may set the tone for his character, but as soon as William gets on his radar he seems to become a person that wants more than just casual.
The two begin a relationship that was sweet to watch develop.
They move along at a good pace while the secondary characters have some adventures of their own. This author can write sex! Some of the best sex scenes I’ve read in a really long time. He’s good, I promise.
Once again, T.C. Orton throws a few surprises in for us and you don’t quite see it happening until BAM! I was like “How did that just happen?” I love it when the story throws a curve ball at you and doesn’t just plod along without anything being remarkable at all.
I liked this story, it sets up a great base for the characters to build upon in future stories. It runs about the same length as the first book in the series Omega Moon, so it’s not a really long read, but is a nice length for a lazy afternoon. The Omega Moon Universe continues to grow and is given to us in great detail. I can picture exactly what the Academy must look like even though it is complex. This book has a HEA, a cliffhanger and the set up for more to come. I really can’t wait.
10/10 Pots of Gold compares to 5/5 stars or 100% recommended
Born January 6th 1993, T. C. resides in the United Kingdom, living with his partner Peter Jones and their dog, Drake.
T. C. has had a passion for supernatural stories from a young age, often scribbling down his latest ideas instead of focusing on whatever task was at hand during the long school days. At the age of twelve, he penned his first romance story featuring himself and the boy he had feelings for set in a fantastical land full of werewolves and wizards. Ever since that day, T. C. has made it his mission to entwine his leading gay protagonists with epic paranormal adventures.