Erryn reviews ‘Seducing the Sorcerer’ by Lee Welsh. This book was released by the author on September 23, 2021, and is 261 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Joel Leslie and produced by Tantor Audio. It was released on May 12, 2022, and is 12 hrs and 51 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I enjoyed Salt Magic Skin Magic.
Homeless and jobless, Fenn Todd has nearly run out of hope. All he has left are his longing for horses and the strength of his own two hands. But when he’s cheated into accepting a very ugly sackcloth horse, he’s catapulted into a world of magic, politics, and desire.
Fenn’s invited to stay at the black tower, home of the most terrifying man in the realm: Morgrim, the court sorcerer. Morgrim has a reputation as a scheming villain, but he seems surprisingly charming—and sexy—and Fenn falls hard for him.
However, nothing is as it seems, and everyone at the tower is lying about something. Beset by evil hexes, violent political intrigue, and a horse that eats eiderdowns, Fenn must make the hardest choices of his life.
Can a plain man like Fenn ever find true love with a scheming sorcerer?
I’ve enjoyed Lee Welch books before. Lee Welch books narrated by Joel Leslie are amazing. The two partner together seamlessly to deliver a stunning performance. In other words, I loved this book.
I instantly fell for Fenn. He’s an honest man who’s had a hard life. Even in the beginning, I felt great empathy for him. Not that he’d want it. No, he’s a man who just wants to make an honest living. In desperation, he accepts a meal and the promise of a horse for digging a ditch. The meal is good, but when he’s given a sackcloth horse, his disappointment was palpable. I felt his disenchantment into my soul, and I ached for him.
Now, I’m not huge into magic, but when the sackcloth horse came to life, I was quite surprised. Then the horse takes him to the court sorcerer. Morgrim has a reputation to uphold. He’s feared throughout the realm. Fenn quickly sees through the façade. Soon, he finds himself attracted to the robe-wearing man. Only Morgrim has a secret he’d hiding from everyone. When Fenn uncovers it, the end of his relationship with Morgrim seems inevitable.
This story is woven with a special horse, two special men, a spectacular queen, and plenty of action and intrigue. It’s well done and I was hooked from beginning to end. I especially liked the dynamic between the two men – how they came together and how they made each other happy. I do love happy endings, and I’m so glad I got to listen to this lovely book.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lee Welch lives in a house on a hill in the windiest city in the world – Wellington, New Zealand. She shares the house with her partner, two kids and two cats. Hedgehogs visit occasionally, which makes her happy.
Lee wrote her first novel (an unpublished pastiche of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) when she was seven and has been writing on-and-off ever since.
She studied ancient history at Auckland University and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London.
To pay the bills, she works as an editor and business communications adviser for a large government department. By night, she writes escapist fantasies, mostly m/m romances, usually with magic in them. She likes crumbling mansions, cavernous libraries, mysterious curses and handsome magicians.
When she’s not writing, she reads, especially fantasy, history, romance, biography, folklore, comics, and children’s books. Her favourite authors include Ursula Le Guin, Peter Ackroyd and KJ Charles.