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Sorcerous Rivalry

(The Mage-Born Chronicles #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Finalist in the LGBT category for the Independent Author's Network 2018 Awards!

In the peace following the Great Mage Hunt, the king's long-time mistress is revealed as a sorceress. Locked away for the safety of the kingdom, bounties are placed upon the heads of the seven children she birthed. Mage hunters have scoured the kingdom for four years, searching for the seven sca
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published April 7th 2018 by Blue Feather Publishing (first published April 5th 2018)
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Kayleigh Nicol At this time, I am only planning for two books in the Mage-Born Chronicles. Book two will complete the story set up in Sorcerous Rivalry. Depending on…moreAt this time, I am only planning for two books in the Mage-Born Chronicles. Book two will complete the story set up in Sorcerous Rivalry. Depending on the response this duology receives, I may follow up with an anthology of short stories following the same characters within this world.

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Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
SPFBO Review!

I had seen quite a few positive reviews pop up for this as part of my TBRindr project, so I had high hopes for this one despite the fact that I knew it was going to be a romance heavy novel. I liked this one, and I have also passed it on to our resident romance reader, Superstardrifter, to get her thoughts on it as well.

Right away you know that this is a high fantasy story since magic and shapeshifting appear in the very first chapter. Reshi is a shapeshifter/mage and his kind were
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating:3.75/5

As I enjoy lighthearted books I needed to check Nicol's debut novel. We've all seen persecuted mages and mage-hunters. Happily, Sorcerous Rivalry plays with the theme and offers something fresh.

Mage hunters scour the Kingdom looking for seven mage-born siblings. Each of them has a special talent and a unique way to replenish his/her magical well when it empties. The story's protagonist, Reshi, is the youngest and weakest of the siblings. Able to shape-shift in few animal form
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Thank you, Kayleigh Nicol, for providing me with a review copy of this book.

I enjoyed Sorcerous Rivalry a lot and read it on a sunny Sunday, lying on a beach towel in the shade, while occasionally dipping into the Hampstead Heath ponds in London.

It's the perfect read for such a day.

I'm not usually a fan of romance (and this is not strictly romance but fantasy with a romantic element), but this book turned out to be such a nice surprise. The romance is m/m, and I'm always interested in reading di
Shannon (discoverelysian)
Thank you, Kayleigh Nicol, for giving me the wonderful opportunity to listen to the audiobook

You can also read my review here


“I don't recommend you run, though.”
“Why is that?”
“Because then I'll have to chase you.”

I liked the plot, it was great though I found myself a little bore at the end of the book. I guess after all what the characters have been through, they deserve a mind-blown ending. Not that it was bad, I just think there were some scenes t
This was such a fun book. Not perfect, but I always looked forward to picking it up and I had fun reading it, so what more can you ask for in a book really?

The King has a mistress and they have seven kids together, but things get awkward when the King outlaws mages and it turns out the mistress is a mage. So now the seven bastard mage kids are scattered across the kingdom with shiny bounties to make any mage hunter drool.

This is such a cool concept for a book, with real potential for drama. This
Shvaugn Craig
Thanks to the author for contacting me about providing a review copy. Turns out I'd already purchased this book when it was on sale a few months back! This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

This is a TBRindr review.

I didn't really know what to expect for Sorcerous Rivalry. It sounded awesome but I'd recently read a couple of indie/self-published books that had a lot of problems with characterization and prose. Sorcerous Rivalry has none of these problems.

Right off the bat Reshi's
You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

Sorcerous Rivalry is a review copy that I've had for a while, but haven't had the chance to get to until now. If I had any idea of how great it was actually going to be, I would probably have pushed aside all my other books and read it on day one. Sorcerous Rivalry is one of those rare hidden gems of a book that is amazing, but no one has heard of it. I feel like a pirate because I just discovered gold treasure in the sha
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spfbo4
Full review is here, on my blog!~

[5/27/19 Update after a re-listen via the audiobook. I still love this one! The narrator, Scott R. Smith did a great job. His Kestral voice is a-mazing, and I have to say, since this is a re-listen, so to speak, of a book I have already read, he made me love both Reshi and Kestral even more. Very well done!]

This one was legitimately on my TBR before the SPFBO started so, having an opportunity to read it for that purpose was great (and also probably saved it a few
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
This book was just a nice surprise. It did a few things that genuinely surprised me, it took the plot in a direction I wasn’t expecting right off, and as for the romance (which was very tame btw) for the most part it avoided the typical romance storyline, and when it did veer into the one trope which instigated the” confession” I couldn’t even complain much because the rest was so damned entertaining.

The characters were fun and the lead Reshin, endearing. His flirty, fun-loving spirit was never
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of their book for review, this did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

Oh man, I really loved this book. Let me count the ways.

In the beginning I was a little bit confused by our main character, but things were cleared up pretty fast. I love Reshi! I really do have a soft spot for these types of characters–freewheeling, bit of a rogue, devil may care, but fostering some kind of deep hurt on the inside. Reshi’s also a huge flirt and I kind of lov
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2018, owned
This was a rather fun read!

We meet Reshi, the youngest of the king's seven bastard children. The king basically (around Reshi was born? Timeline isn't too clear) decided that mages should be prohibited and initiated a Great Mage Hunt to kill (or enslave) them all. Unbeknownst to him, his mistress was a mage. She gave him seven children before he discovered this - and once this was discovered, he locked her up and ordered that the rest be hunted.

The seven of them have lived separately from each o
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another indie story for the books (pun intended). I am really having a blast with these self-published books as of late and Sorcerous Rivalry is one that I've had the most fun with in a while. It's a short and fast-paced read that is overflowing with humor, secrets and a sibling rivalry that acts as a constant reminder of how relieved I am to be an only child!

A king's mistress, who has birthed him seven children, has been discovered to be a sorceress and while she is imprisoned, bounties have be
Carol Marchioro
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I was provided a free copy of this book through TBRindr in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Nicol for the fun read, and thanks Esme for the great database!


In the peace following the Great Mage Hunt, the king's long-time mistress is revealed as a sorceress. Locked away for the safety of the kingdom, bounties are placed upon the heads of the seven children she birthed. Mage hunters have scoured the kingdom for four years, searching for the seven scattered mage-born bastards.
Catherine ♡
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtqia
*Huge thanks to the author for providing a free paperback in exchange for an honest review!*

Actual Rating: 5

Okay. Here's the thing. I'm not a huge of medieval-ish fantasy stories. Or I'm just very selective about liking them. But DAMN. Sorcerous Rivalry shook me to my very core. It was beautiful, it was unique, it was magical, it was frustrating, and I loved every second of it.

Sorcerous Rivalry takes place in a world of magic, of sorcerers and mages. After giving birth to seven children, the kin
Calvin Park
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2018
This was an interesting read. There is a lot of fun to be had with the characters in Sorcerous Rivalry. It does a good job turning some tropes on their heads. It’s part Highlander, part romance, part fast-paced battle royal. Sometimes the parts that make up the whole seem like they shouldn’t quite work, and yet they come together and do.

One of the greatest strengths of Kayleigh Nicol’s work is the battle scenes. Each is intense and fast-paced and during each I found myself often trying to guess
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, queer, lgbtq, my-e-things
This was exactly what I wanted when I read it and I totally zipped through it and bought the second book when I finished (and thoroughly enjoyed that one as well). I think I picked this up for free and I enjoyed it enormously. It's entertaining and easy and fast-paced and full of different kinds of magic. Plus, I love the cover.

This is a fairly light-hearted magical quest story with a secondary queer romance plot. The love story is fun; it's one of those slow burn, enemies-to-lovers, opposites-a
Nov 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Dustin by: Esme
Shelves: fantasy, epic, spfbo

Esme Weatherwax wrote a terrific review, which can be found HERE:
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibles
Great narration, cute storie.
Alex (Briennai)
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rishi’s mother was the mistress of the King, and she was also a secret sorceress. Now, the kings guard and mage hunters are looking for all 7 of her children, as it is far too dangerous for a half-royal half-mage young adult to be running around the kingdom unwatched. Rishi has managed to lay low for years, but now a mage hunter has found him. Rishi tries to hide his magic from Kestral, but soon he finds out, and Rishi’s only way to ensure his own safety is to turn to the brothers and sisters he ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't sure about this one at first but man did it grow on me fast!!! I was so sad when I turned that last page and realized that it was over. I really loved this one and hopefully I can write a review that will do it justice. Plan on posting an entire review in the next few days.

Updated review:

There's something oddly endearing about the idea of a damsel in distress story, we always know how it'll turn out. It's like canned chicken noodle soup, a classic, cozy comfort food that always makes you
Michelle Stagg
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a free copy in accordance with FTC and Goodreads policy.

Thank you to the author for providing a free paperback in exchange for an honest review. This is the first fantasy I've ever read and I loved it. I will most definitely be reading more of them in the future. I loved this book, it was so magical. I especially loved Reshi and his shapeshifting. All the characters were very exciting. The author done a really great job with this book and I'm sure she will be writing more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! I cannot wait for the next in the series! :)
Keep us posted on a release date please!
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, gay
I have been a voracious reader ever since I was a child. I love a good book, and I love a book that makes me feel good. Fantasy and I have had a bit of a strained love affair over the last decade, though, as so many authors have opted to wallow in darkness, depression, and hopelessness. For me, the genre has always been about wondrous escapism, and to subvert that is to betray it.

A rather long-winded introduction to Sorcerous Rivalry, for sure, but a necessary one. Kayleigh Nicol has bucked all
I came into the book excited because of the premise and the promise of a LGBT+ romance. Though after reading it, I was honestly a bit disappointed with the execution and implementation.

To start with what I liked, I thought the author had a good grasp on prose (though it is a bit sparse on detail). It was easy to read, phrased fairly well and not awkwardly, and the word choices were fairly good. Furthermore, the fight scenes were written well as well. It never felt too cluttered or dragging for m
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I make no secret of the fact that I love magic in my fantasy, and I confess that I can be a sucker for a good romance. After having read some great reviews, I started this book expecting to enjoy it, and I wasn't disappointed.

This one was borderline fantasy romance for me: I couldn't quite tell if the romance or the rest of the plot was more important, but in the end it didn't matter. Nicol weaves a fun romp amidst a magical world with well-drawn characters, and the pacing kept me reading. I cou
ZJ Bowen
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
--I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sorcerous Rivalry is a picaresque road novel, a buddy comedy, and a rom-com. It’s a tale of action, adventure, family, and love. It’s all charm and wit and feats of daring do. It’s really a rather lovely book.

We start with Reshi, the youngest love child of the King and his mistress. When said mistress was found to be a sorceress she was imprisoned and her seven, mage born children are scattered throughout the kingd
C. R.  Ambler
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

I randomly stumbled across Sorcerous Rivalry while idly going about my day to day life (i.e frantically searching for a high quality LGTBQ+ fantasy that i hadn't yet devoured) and thought I'd give it a go. It's kindle unlimited, I had nothing to lose.

Thanks whatever gods there are I did.

Our dashing, clever, ever so lazy, and lovably immature protagonist is the youngest (and weakest) of seven bastard mages, all of whom have been scattered about after their dear ol' dad (the king) decided to out
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie
Sorcerous Rivalry started strong - a scene-setting descriptive opening paragraph that seemed fairly straightforward until the last sentence yanked the rug out from under me.

Okay, I thought, this might be fun.

And it was (despite the small misstep when the end of the first scene got a bit hung up on boobs). Our main character, Reshi, was a charming sort of rogue. His love interest (M/M) was an intriguing character in his own right, and I appreciated the slow burn enemies-to-reluctant-allies-to-lov
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sorcerous Rivalry takes a familiar story, forbidden magic and mages being hunted down, and introduces enough twists and turns to keep things interesting.

Reshi is one of the seven bastard children of the king. He also happens to practice magic, and therefore has a bounty on his head. His life as a recluse is turned upside down when a mage hunter tracks him down. Against all odds, Reshi and Kestral, the hunter, establish an al
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read, thanks again to Kayleigh for the ebook copy! Sorcerous Rivalry follows the story of Jereshin, known as Reshi to most, the youngest son of the king and his mistress, and magic user. Not only does he have to hide from mage hunters, he also has to contend with power hungry siblings who have their eye on the throne now that king’s health is failing. He meets a mysterious ex-soldier and mage hunter named Kestral, and together they find they more in common than they would hav ...more
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Lifelong nerd and fangirl Kayleigh Nicol earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science at Cal Poly Pomona, California. After years of volunteering at zoos and aquariums in California, Kayleigh now works at a therapeutic horseback riding center in Long Island, NY. When not taking care of her own menagerie of rescued animals, she enjoys watching anime, playing video games and reading as many fa ...more

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