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Magic Runs Deep

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  58 reviews
For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstro ...more
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Published April 9th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seriously had no idea what I was going to get from this book, never having read the author before, so it was a real delight to get a well written and plotted fantasy story with a quiet romance at its heart.

There's a real lack, imho, of people writing in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres in the LGBTQ+ space (when considered against the pure romance field that is) and while there was a bear shifter in this, the focus was on relationships in a fantasy setting with a flavour of the Medieval mixed in w
Jun 01, 2019 marked it as dnf
I liked the premise, but there wasn't sufficient plot to keep my interest. It makes me wonder what this could have been with the help of a developmental editor to bring out its potential. DNF @ 40%.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2018
5 BIG stars Owwww I love some sensitive magical stories and this one was like wowww
It was deep emotional, beautiful sentences woven with a sparkling thread of magic.

Veier is chained to the kings throne for over five years and all the time in his bear form.
He is dangerous with blood on his hands and deeply hurt.
When he is freed by invaders, the invaders kings brother Elrid saves his life.
Elrid, a beautiful gentle mage, sees who Veier really is and now he has to earn his trust.
Because Veier is wil
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 3.8
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 4

First Alex Whitehall .

I have to say that I do think this requires a particular reading taste or rather, mood.

That being said, it worked for me. I was definitely in the RIGHT mood.

I didn’t know what to expect from this but I enjoyed what it offered me. I absolute loved the idea of the Ursinai and the wildness that Veier had to fight after being “set free” from his chains.

Elrid was also a very likable character. His magic made for a little bit
Just a little FYI here...

This is not a romance story but there is a romance in it and even more importantly there is one seriously good story to be had.

Aside from this book the one thing that i know Alex Whitehall and Adam R. Watson have in common is that they're both new to me, which is kind of a scary combination because....'ohmygod!!! I said I'd review this and what if I hate it because I can't say I love something if I didn't that's just not something that I like most people would be comfo

I found this book interesting, but I wished there were more explanations about many things, and a lot more pages. I must also admit that the cover was really good and was the first thing that attracted me.

The story had many dark parts, the previous King was a rapist and liked small kids, and I was happy to see him die. Luckily all those parts never happened on page, but we learned about them thanks to Veier's speeches and thoughts. Nothing of the sexual kind happened to our sweet bear, bu
This was my first time reading this author so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was an interesting set up and an interesting world. I wish there would have been more world building and character development. It was a pretty good book but had the potential to be a great book. I will check out this author another time though.

**ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sad to say I’m not going to remember this story a couple weeks from now. Some clunky grammar here and there, lack of world building, and underdeveloped characters. It was a great storyline that just wasn’t as well executed as it could have been.
I liked it ... it was a very nice story and I enjoyed it
Joyfully Jay
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed Magic Runs Deep. It’s a quick, engaging read with just enough world building to give the reader something to sink their teeth into. Elrid and Veier are both interesting characters: one who has learned to fear magic and the other who wields it like breathing. This juxtaposition sets up a nice level of tension between the two, though Elrid’s kindness is always evident. The romance is subtle and the book as a whole is more about the friendship b
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 stars
I’ve had this book on my wish list for a bit when a friend lent me her copy. I just loved this book and will be buying my own copy in the future. I can definitely see myself reading it again. The story is told exclusively from Veier’s point of view. Through his eyes we get to see just what a wonderful and caring person Elrid is and while I wouldn’t have minded seeing things from Elrid’s perspective, I think the story worked better the way it was written.

I think what I loved abou
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Audiobook provided through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

I really enjoyed this story. An unusual shifter tale, in this one Veier (rhymes with bear) has been chained to a king’s throne and kept in his bear shifter form for five years. He’s freed when the kingdom is overthrown, but the new king wants him executed and it’s his brother, Elrid, who saves Veier’s life. Elrid is a powerful mage and he rightly points out that the chain indicates Veier was not ne
Eden Winters
This is my first Alex Whitehall novel, but it definitely won't be the last. As a devourer of books, it's a joy to find one that is so unique in plotline, and so skillfully crafted. I listened in audiobook format and the narrator brought such life to the characters.

Not your run-of-the-mill shifter or mage story, and the connection of the two main characters could have gone on for much longer, or even been the start of a series.

Highly recommended!
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
slowest burn ever
Ije the Devourer of Books
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved this story. It has a wonderful fairytale feel to it and if you like shifter stories this is definitely a must read.

Veier is a bear shifter who has been held captive by a despotic and cruel king for five long years. Veier is very violent, angry and chained in his shifted state. It is hard for him to think like a man because he hasnt been one for years. His chains are both physical and magical. Veier cannot remember his life before captivity but the yearning for home and for his past life
L. Layale
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Morgan  Skye
This is more of a fantasy with a bit of romance. There is no steam, and the physical nature of their relationship is hinted at only.

The writing was wonderful and the world-building well-done, however, this isn’t my thing. While I could appreciate the skill in the author’s ability, I probably wouldn’t have chosen this if I’d known that the romance was a secondary issue rather than the main pursuit.

I think fans of high fantasy and people looking for LGTBQ MCs without romance as the central theme w
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh how have I never discovered Alex Whitehall before? Magic Runs Deep was simply amazing and I’m not saying that. Once I started reading about Veier and Elrid, I immediately was sucked in and could not put this book down.

Let me start with I initially picked up the book because it was a M/M PNR, that and the shifter in the story was a bear. Most bear shifter stories run I’ve read have fallen into the humorous side and I wanted something a bit more serious. You don’t get to much more serio
Christi Snow
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review:
This story is definitely more about the paranormal world that Veier lives and has survived in, rather than a true love story. Yes, there is somewhat of a romantic storyline, but it plays second to Veier's life and what he's trying to come out of. I think that's important to know going into it if you need a die-hard romance story line.

Because once you accept that, you can truly appreciate the story of Veier and what exactly he's been through the last five years and how difficult that i
3.5 starts

This is another book that I’ve been seeing in the kindle store a lot. I finally decided to just go for it. I didn’t love it but didn’t hate it.

The beginning was fast paced, exciting and all around fantastic. But I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, and I waited, and waited, and it never came...

It ended up being just a simple sweet story and the most climactic part was the beginnings. Which is totally fine, it’s just not what I expected from the storyline.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this book by chance on facebook - a friend was recommending it... and I'm very happy that i gave it a try!


Veier is so deserving of all the happiness he got after being a slave for years. I love how their love grew up with time!

great book
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
An involving and heart wrenching story that could have been amazing had it a bit more of a world and some explanations to build it all up. As it was the relationship and the story of the past five years carried this story and made it something beautiful in and of that.

Veier has been chained for the past five years with his mind lost to a magic that makes him loyal to a mad king. When the king dies and the magic is gone Veier is still a chained man with blood on his hands, only now the next rulin
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I never use to like fantasy books, but I’ve had a great run of them lately.

This fantasy world appealed to me because while it was fantasy it was also familiar. There were knights and kings and mages and castles and all kinds of other delicious medieval things. Just with some shifters thrown into the mix. However, much of the story is spent in the confines of one room of the castle, where Elrid keeps Veier locked away while attempting to prove to the king that Veier is not the out of control anim
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually listened to this as an audiobook; I have never read/listened to anything by this author before and I am so glad that I have now! I really enjoyed this book; it's about Veier, a bear-shifter, who is kept prisoner by an altogether bad sort for five years. A neighbouring kingdom overthrows the evil king; Veier is freed but he needs to prove himself before he can return home. Of course, he falls in love with Elrid (the brother of the new king) along the way; this is despite Veier's best i ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this shifter romance, but it’s definitely more focused on the fantasy elements and hurt/comfort themes than the love story.

The plot revolves around bear shifter Veier, who has spent five years magically enslaved by an evil king. When his rule is overthrown by invaders, they aren’t sure what to do with Veier, since he has been abused to the point where he has descended into savagery. The king’s brother Elrid, a mage and healer, asks to have the opportunity to help Veier recover his human
Sarah Meerkat
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arc recieved from Netgalley

I so wish this book was longer so that it never ended. This is such a lovely read and just what I needed. There are heavy ptsd themes in this story which is a given after what Veier went through being forced to stay in bear form for 5 grueling years and the abuse he suffered under magic and the hands of men. He rightly does not trust magic and especially when Elrid keeps using so Veier doesnt hurt people who he feels threatened. So it takes a long time for him to trust
Sadie Forsythe
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it

I think it was me. I've read books like this before and been ok with the plot. But this time I just wasn't able to overlook how quickly Veier got over five years of enslavement, physical, mental and sexual abuse (the last being implied) when it came to Elrid. They were just instantly civil with one another, trust bloomed in no time and almost instantly Veier and Elrid were comfortable with one another. It was too much too fast, and instead of reading as building trust and Elrid being a nice p
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 5 stars our of 5

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From that review: " I just loved everything about Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall.  Here is a fantasy novel where the author managed to combine  some very dark and realistic elements like PTSD, the horror of torture , the  effects of long term prisoner captivity under the worse conditions, with that prisoner's recovery and love.    That the prisoner is an Ursinae or bear shifter
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish the story was more broadened, the characters had more personal development and their world would reach further outside of that one bedroom. I mean I know they went to Veir's village but the story was there for 5 minutes and then the whole year passed in a second and another half a year for the epilogue. Whitehall introduced an interesting world with bear-shifters but I wish this was expanded a bit more and not be a gay romance short story. Because nothing much really happens in there so i ...more
Kathy Johnson
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a paranormal MM story. This is a great fantasy/paranormal story with shifters and magic. The story centers around the mage helping the bear shifter overcomes his demons. They develop a friendship and trust that the shifter did not think possible and it turns into a love of a lifetime. It is more the friendship and healing story than a love story. It was really well written and the characters were so well developed. I could hardly put the book down. This is a new author for me, but I will ...more
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