Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Kaidyn’s Courage
Author: Diana Waters
Series: Wild Magics #2
Heroes: Kaidyn & Sorin
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 165 pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Available at: Extasy Books & Amazon
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Blurb: When one man’s courage is lost to his own anger, another will try to rekindle it—no matter the cost.
Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.
So, I didn’t read the blurb to this one. I saw it was the sequel to A Trust to Follow and was eager to see what happened next. But this one doesn’t follow Daymon and Rhyder, it follows Kaidyn and Sorin. At first, I thought Kaidyn was just a spoiled little royal but turns out, he’s despised by his sister and very own people and that makes him furious to the point of volatile. Then Sorin comes around and he has such an affect on Kaidyn that Kaidyn starts to question why he’s really angry. I loved that Kaidyn changes and realizes its time to step up and show some of his people that he’s there for them but Sorin was the one who really buried himself in my heart. I loved how sweet and caring he was. He gives more of himself than he can safely give but he’s always willing to give more. And when he meets Kaidyn, the connection between them means they can’t stay away. I really loved them together and I loved seeing them spend time getting to know one another. It was so sweet!
I really enjoyed this one but it could have been more fleshed out with certain scenes. For example, when Kaidyn goes off to war, I felt like that was a big moment but we only get a few glimpses and then it’s over. Add to that, I wanted to see more of what happened after the war. Did Kaidyn’s sister get punished for what she did? Did the queen? I found it frustrating that the queen didn’t do anything until after the fact but by then, it was too late and it didn’t really make sense to me why only Half-Bloods had to go off to war. Plus, I wanted to know more about Kaidyn’s father. I don’t really understand how he could have just disappeared and the queen didn’t even try to find out where he was to make sure he settled somewhere safe. I just felt like some things could have had more closure than what was given.
In the end, I really liked this one, though. I liked getting back to this world, although, a little sad we didn’t see Daymon or Rhyder again, it was nice to see things from the other kingdom and I did love Kaidyn’s angst and Sorin’s calming affect on Kaidyn. I hope this isn’t the last we see of these two because I’d love to see where things go from here.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*