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REVIEW: Idolatry – Rebecca Cohen

Idolatry - Rebecca Cohen

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

LGBTQ+ Category: Bi, Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

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

Lornyc thought it was bad enough that the Cerulean Cult had made him a living god, but now they’ve set loose an entity that is tearing through the dimensions with the potential to cause chaos. He wouldn’t have thought it his problem but the guardians of the multiverse, the Valen, have decided otherwise.

Along with Methian and his own Valen Caveer Guards, Lornyc faces a race through multiple alternative realities if he doesn’t want to be extinguished.

Previously published, this second edition has been edited and reworked for release.

The Review

This is the second installment of the “Reagalos” series. I highly recommend reading “Servitude” before venturing into this one, a roller coaster ride of a novel!

Alas, poor Lornyc is carring the weight of two Cities on his shoulders. He has his hands full being Liege of Scura and High Lord of Katraman. Even though he’s made some major changes to Scura and Methian is helping, he has to try and trust others. He needs to get back to his homeland, Katraman, and concentrate on what he needs to learn. He’s going to seek his brother Anthon’s help in temporally overseeing Scura.

Lornyc also receives an invitation from Halm Grosvenor to attend the Cerulean Cult’s Sanctification Ceremony. Another established idea of Romanus’, with an odd list of directions, one of which leads to trouble.

Lornyc has to be careful in who he trusts when it comes to re-establishing his Konsultariate. He can’t let what happened to his parents happen again. He’s also suspicious of the Valen Caveer Guardians, Diam and Cupris. Just what is their purpose, and why are they there?

Once he’s returned home, he’s in for another surprise. HIs father’s brother Nathaniel returns to Katraman. Lornyc hasn’t seen his uncle for twenty-two years, and it’s not a happy reunion. Why has Nathaniel returned now?

Lornycs ex-lover, Davvis, has come back too, and this causes a stir between Methian and Lornyc.

Kat brings his daughter Josheta to help with Lornyc’s control issue. Her mother is Arial Charta, Supreme Mage and ruler of Beher. Working with Lornyc and his power, they discover something new about Methian’s and Lornyc’s connection.

It all has Lornyc’s head spinning! But the big fiasco at the Sanctification Ceremony will send Lornyc, Methian, Villa, Kat, Josheta and Nathaniel on a chaotic adventure, following an entity into other dimensions.

Rebecca Cohen does not disappoint with this sequel to “Servitude”. At every turn, there are new characters and situations that come into play to keep the story moving along at a fast pace. Even with so much going on, the flow of the story is logical and easy to follow – another exciting adventure, with twist and turns, more secrets and new discoveries. There’s also lots more creative world building as the story jumps into different dimensions and Lornyc and Methian see different versions of themselves as they chase the entity.

I like Lornyc, and I’m getting used to Methian – they’re always proving their love to each other. Lornyc’s siblings, Villa, Talis and Anthon, also show their love and loyalty to their younger brother Lornyc. Of course, Kat’s my favorite – I need more of his snark!

And now I’m off to read book three in the “Reagalos” series, “Avarice”! I can’t wait!

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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