"Compelling magical and tastefully sensual short story"
Mildread, usually called Drey, is a mage from a long line
of women mages, but one with small magick, not able to call
forth the great power. In fact, she can't improve the
fields of her small plot of land or even light a candle
using magic, something the smallest child could learn to
do. She's good at diagnosing health problems, although she
attributes that more to having common sense than any real
magic. Still, she feels that there should be more magic in
her... if she could only find it. But when she discovers an
old mage circle near her home and activates it, she only
wishes to celebrate the location. Much to her surprise, not
only does she activate the circle, but she captures a wind-
spirit as well, who takes the shape of a well-formed man.
Within moments Drey and Cyrus are testing the softness of
the grass in the meadow.
It would seem that Cyrus had been drawn to Drey for some
time by her magic and her ability to play the pipes,
enjoying the feel of her as the wind in her hair... and in
other places. Now he can enjoy her in the flesh, but they
are both dismayed when it turns out Drey lacks the
knowledge to send him back to his world. Days later they
are still enjoying each other, but both know he needs to
return to his own form and so Drey makes an unwise bargain
with another mage, to become his apprentice in exchange for
a price to be named later.
Of course Drey is a much more powerful mage than she knows,
but she needs training to learn how to tap into and control
her power, in part to be able to free Cyrus, but even more
to be able to grow into the kind of healer she wants to be.
Liddy Midnight manages to give the process for this a well
thought out logic that I liked far more than "well, it's
just magic after all." This book makes sense... and that
can be very compelling. The sensuality rating for Small
Magick is very high, but tastefully done. Actually there is
a lot of good taste in this short novel, making it a highly
entertaining and enjoyable read.
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted December 26, 2002
Drey comes from a long line of powerful mages. She laments that she has naught but small magick related to healing. Her life changes the day she discovers a magical circle near her cottage. For the first time, she concentrates on celebration and not her goal—and somehow manages to summon a wind spirit in a very appealing male form.
Cyrus believes Drey has bound him to pleasure her, and devotes himself to the task. The sensual experiences offered by his mortal body delight him, as does his beguiling mage. For a time, he is content to discover the mortal world and all it has to offer.
As lust leads to love, one problem remains—Drey has no idea how to reverse the spell she unknowingly wrought. Cryus is trapped in her world. To free him, she is willing to do anything, even apprentice herself to an unknown mage with an agenda of his own.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Book Length: Novel
Publisher's Note: This story was previously published by LTDBooks, under this title. It has been revised and expanded for Ellora's Cave.