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REVIEW: Restitution – Rebecca Cohen

Restitution - Rebecca Cohen

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Lornyc is good at keeping secrets, because secrets can get you killed.

Will someone rid him of this troublesome Mage? Seemingly not, and Lornyc’s going to have do it himself. There’s a good reason no one had invoked the Reckoning to become the Supreme Mage of Beher for over a quarter of a century, but Lornyc couldn’t keep his big mouth shut.

Five tasks, five chances to fail, and that’s just the warm up for the magical head-to-head. Pity his Reagalos powers don’t work like Mage magic, so he’ll need to think fast, and run even faster.

The Review

Restitution is the final book in the incredible and imaginative “Reagalos” series by Rebecca Cohen. I highly suggest reading the “Reagalos” series in order:  Servitude, Idolatry, and Avarice.  Every novel gets more exciting!

With the fear of being tricked, Lornyc will face the “Reckoning” with Methian by his side. He will have to compete against the Supreme Mage of Behern, Arial Charta, and complete the challenges of the five tasks: detailed spell work, large-scale events, healing arts, quest of five and here be dragons. 

Lornyc seeks out advice from Kat Warrenger, among others. How will Lornyc fare in choosing his other Adjudicators?

Lornyc and Methian will also have their love tested once again. They’ve gained a strange ally in Tolem, husband to Arial Charta, but can Tolem be trusted?  Will Lornyc’s plan to help Tolem work, and will the Caveer Guard Cupris be willing to help?

Anthon, Vella, Talis and Nathaniel are still adjusting to the orbs. Will they be able to recover in time to support Lornyc? Lornyc has so much to lose if he fails. Most importantly, he could loose Methian.

When all is said and done, will the Valen practices and Emaus Protocol fail, or become a new revelation?

So many questions.

I have to admit, I am generally not one for fantasy and magic and other worlds, but I do keep an open mind.  With the “Reagalos” series, Cohen grabbed me from the very start.  Not only is it well written, but the adventure, secrets, suspense, magic, and great characters just kept me wanting more. The author doesn’t miss a beat with her fantastic, colorful, descriptions that the bring magic alive to the page. I enjoyed this entire series! It kept me in suspense at every turn of the page, and I couldn’t wait to read the next novel.  

I liked all the characters, especially Lornyc. It took me a while to warm to Mathias, but he proved himself to me.

My favorite and funniest was Kat Werrenger, and Lornyc’s siblings:  Anthon, Vella and Talis brought some great camaraderie. There are quite a few more that deserve mention because they all brought something special to this series.

“Reagalos” has everything: science, mages, secrets, a curse, politics, murder, betrayal, magical orbs, tunnels, danger, humor, adventure and much more.  Most of all, it’s about friendships, loyalty, family, and a love that will last forever!

Even though Restitution brings the “Reagalos” series to a close, Rebecca Cohen has plans for more Lornyc and Methian adventures.  But before that, she has a prequel in the works. I’m hoping it will be out soon!

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.


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