Exiled by Nina Croft


Exiled by Nina Croft
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Can she risk giving her heart back to a man whose loss nearly destroyed her whole world?

Long ago, a powerful witch named Casterix nearly destroyed the world of Arroway out of grief for the murder of her mate, Callum. She spent those years since exiled on Earth, believing she could never return home.

Unbeknownst to her, the power of their connection tied Callum to their world despite his demise. While she hid away, his spirit remained lost in dimension between life and death, until he finally found a way to return to her.

Now, after a thousand years, the two are reunited. But their reunion is less than joyous.

Arroway is dying. The witches are close to extinction. It will take the combined power of Casterix and Callum to save their world. But can she risk caring for him as she used to, when their separation tore her apart?

When Casterix finds her lover, Callum, murdered by an evil man who wanted her power for himself, Casterix uses her witch’s magic to do the unthinkable. A thousand years later Callum is back and both he and Cass have changed. Her power – which had almost destroyed their homeland – had helped him bring himself back. But Cass has decided she no longer wants to trust herself to the power of their love, or risk her heart from breaking a second time.

While I understand Cass’ feelings – the first time she lost Callum, in her grief she came close to destroying everyone and everything in their world – at the same time I couldn’t help but feel her initial reaction to her long-lost mate quite harsh. Callum doesn’t give up and slowly eases her back to being comfortable in his presence, and soon takes a (metaphorical) mallet to her walls. The blending of their magical world Arroway and Earth, the teleporting stones as well as the strong cast of secondary characters (her brother Jarrod, her neice, Shayla etc) were well drawn and I believe also will have stories of their own. The issues, worries and emotions Cass and Callum face are realistic and well-written. The added wonder of their magic, the lessons they learn and power they display adds another dimension to the story and is something I really enjoyed.

This is a well-written magical story all about loving, and loss, and learning not only how to deal with that but trust again when it’s returned to you against all odds. Spicy enough to give you a blush but not so erotic you can’t enjoy reading it on the bus, this is a great book.

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