Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Move as Water in a Basin
Author: Mars Novak
Series: 2014 Daily Dose – Mended
Heroes: Sereb & Reeve
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 60 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sereb is a talented young student learning the powers of elemental magic at a secret island ashram. However, a tragedy in his past prevents him from building his connection to the element of water. Concerned that the young man will falter in his studies, Sereb’s Master sends for a Consolator, a specially trained counselor who deals with grief and pain. Little does Sereb know that the Consolator might heal much more than his elemental connection.
This is a really hard book to review. On one hand, it had a lot of potential and I found it intriguing; on the other hand, I absolutely hated the execution and felt like a giant chunk of the story was completely unnecessary and brought nothing to the story and really just aggravated me.
When Sereb’s aversion to water starts to hinder his elemental abilities, his Master decides to call in a Consolator who specializes in helping people deal with grief and pain. Sereb has no idea what to expect but it wasn’t Reeve, who’s as calm and sincere as anyone can get. Unfortunately, while Reeve is supposed to help Sereb handle his grief, Reeve has his own pain to deal with.
When I read the blurb for this one, I was instantly intrigued by a world filled with elemental magic. I was really looking forward to exploring that magic or at least getting to experience the different elements. But, to be honest, while I liked the concept behind the plot, I was extremely confused by the world. I felt like there was a lot of missing information that hindered my ability to really immerse myself into the fantasy realm. Not to mention, while there was an attempt at giving the characters more depth, it fell flat because it just led to more questions about the characters’ background.
Add to that, I was extremely frustrated with the fact that 27% of the story is a flashback of Reeve ‘servicing’ a previous ‘patient’. I’m sorry but that had no appeal for me. I didn’t want to see Reeve having sex with someone else (sex that was on the border of non-con, IMO) on the pretense that he was using that as a way to ‘heal’ the person ESPECIALLY in such a short story. That brings me to the final problem I had. Sereb is ‘cured’ by having sex with Reeve (or as cured as he’ll get) and that made no sense to me. One minute he’s afraid of water then Reeve gets him off and all of a sudden Sereb is in touch with water. I didn’t understand how that was possible and I felt like it was too rushed and confusing.
In the end, this just wasn’t the story for me. It’s too short for the premise, IMO, and wasn’t nearly developed enough to really get a feel for the world or the characters. I think if the section of Reeve’s flashback had been replaced with more of a focus on Reeve and Sereb, it would have been better but, as it was, the story was just all over the place and a struggle for me to finish. Readers should also be warned that this isn’t a romance per se and it’s left very open-ended so the reader has no idea if Reeve will leave in the morning or if Sereb and Reeve with give a relationship a try.
Please Note: This is a story featuring underage kids, specifically, 14 & 17 years of age.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*