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Threads of Desire by Eleri Stone
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Jan 27, 2013

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Threads of Desire is a delightful little novella about mages and magic, greed and corruption, power and abuse, love and family and most of all what one man will sacrifice for his child.

After having escaped from the depravity of the Guild, Ily has accepted that her best chance for survival is sell what she can, hoard her money and run to the outer provinces. She knows her work is superior, she knows no one in the marketplace she has been forced to survive in can out weave her. She is one of only a handful of Guild Trained weavers.. Her magic is undisputed. Only problem is the rich Aristo Kal has something up his sleeve and constantly undersells her. Even though his merchandise is obviously inferior, his fees are so low buyers are unable to resist.

Kal needs Ily, no more no less. Upon hearing that their might be a weaver with some guild training in the marketplace, Kal does everything he can to make her so desperate she has no choice but to accept his offer. Only he didn't account for the magic that wove between them.. Upon meeting her Kal's plans are altered not only does he need her for his personal quest, now he wants her in his bed.

This story starts out steamy and ends up wonderful love story. Both Kal and Ily have secrets that they have learned to keep to themselves.. but both must learn how to share those secrets unless they want to destroy the relationship that they have woven between them.

Together they must battle the insidious evil of one who has too much power and has abused those who should have been in his protection. One who holds the lives of the guild members literally in his hands and who wants to exert his power into all walks of life. This was an excellent secondary storyline, actually there were a couple and this book was too short to do all tangents justice. Ms Stone touches on them and teases us with a rich history but fails to delve. That's not to say that the story lacks.. it just could be so much more.

I probably am not the best reviewer for such a book as I always want more from short stories and novellas. The skill it takes to create an entire story in such an abbreviated manner is vastly under rated. And Ms Stone does an excellent job. I hope the rest of this series is longer but even if not, I have complete faith in Ms Stone and her Spellbound Stories.


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