Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Alchemy Ever After
Author: Raine & Siôn O’Tierney
Heroes: Idrian & Rowe
Genre: M/M Steampunk/Erotica
Length: 56 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: The city of New Alexandria is filled with powerful magicians-in-training and mechanical follies, the world’s largest library, and marvels beyond compare. The allure of this modern metropolis draws young people from all over the world, but Idrian has come instead for the opportunity to learn the new art of alchemy.
He’s been taken as an apprentice by Maketh, a scholar experimenting with new ways to combine technology and the ancient mystic arts. Together they’ve animated a living ice sculpture. Idrian cannot wait to unveil the sculpture alongside the other wonders at the annual Spring Festival.
After witnessing his master in a passionate embrace with another student, Idrian’s mind drifts to things beyond alchemy. And when a warm touch accidentally awakens the consciousness within the living sculpture, Idrian learns firsthand about physicality and the magic of passion.
After seeing his master embracing his lover, Idrian is mortified and curious about being with another man, about finally being kissed. Unfortunately, his curiosity brings him to the living sculpture his master is transferring a soul into. With just a touch, the sculpture becomes alive in the form of Rowe, who’s passion for Idrian sparks much more than a kiss between the two.
I think this book had a lot of potential. On one hand, I loved that it was about alchemy and how Idrian was so passionate about the subject and learning all that he could from his master about it. I also loved that Idrian wanted someone of his own after seeing the passion between his master and lover.
At the same time, this book had way more sex to it than I enjoy to the point I’d consider this erotica. Add to that, the sex overpowered the story to the point that it didn’t explore the magnificence behind Rowe becoming so alive. I wanted to learn more about that, how did they get a soul into a sculpture? How was the sculpture made? Why did a touch resurrect him? I had so many questions about the story, so much I wanted to know! But none of it was answered, instead it was mostly about Rowe and Idrian discovering the pleasures of the flesh.
All in all, this was an intriguing story with a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it was bogged down by too much smut and not enough explanation or description to what made the story so interesting for me. I would have enjoyed it more if there could have been more depth to the story in general but also to the characters and the world they inhabited. Still, if you’re looking for something short, sweet with a good amount of smut, give this one a go.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*