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"The power of love fuels the Magick of this tale"

SMALL MAGICK is a fitting companion to the PEARL 2000 award winning novella FIRE & ICE. If you thought fire was hot, remember that fire needs air to burn!

Born to a long line of powerful female mages, Drey can only summon small magick. Still it has its uses. She can sense what causes illnesses, and cure them if it is within the realm of possibilities. Certain that Drey must find a way to unlock her power on her own, her family had sent her off into the world. She had found little success thus far. A trip back to her home village, however, changes her life forever. On this particular trip it is not the magick of her women folk that she envies but the love of a spouse. She ponders the type of man she could love on the journey home.

Along the way, Drey's beloved cat discovers a path up a hitherto insurmountable mountain. There Drey finds a place of magick, abandoned long ago by another mage. Drey revels in her find, and as the wind sings to her she closes a circle. For the first time in her life she is able to raise her untapped power and inadvertently conjures a man from the sky who is the epitome of all the qualities she'd imagined in a perfect lover. But Cyrus is not a man, but a wind spirit whom she has accidentally bound to mortal form. Cyrus had been drawn to Drey, had touched her with breezes in intimate places as she'd played her pipes. Now he could touch her in the flesh, but this pleasure would come at the expense of his freedom to go where the wind carried him. Try though she might, Drey could raise no more power to return him to his ethereal form.

Cyrus appears content to enjoy the pleasures his new flesh affords them, until Drey can find a way to send him back. She comes to love him more each day, but with that love she realizes that she must put his happiness before her own. She must find the power to send him back. Opportunity comes when a wealthy and powerful new mage settles in her village. Drey had never heard of a male mage before and ponders what one might be like. Little does she know that mages come in many varieties, but she is soon to find out much to her horror. Drey makes a blind bargain with the mage in exchange for his tutelage, hoping to learn a spell that will set Cyrus free. Kelsch's font of references teach Drey much. Too much in fact, for what she learns about him makes her fear that the price of power might be too high.

This tale was a wonder on so many levels. The reader will enjoy the relationship between these two unusual characters. Drey's wisdom and compassion outweigh any lack she might have in the magick department. Cyrus is a delight. All he gives, he gives with a passion and joy that can't help but make you smile. His loyalty will touch the reader's heart. Ms. Midnight has injected just the perfect amount of sensuality and suspense into a novella that doesn't seem at all small, but very magickal. I can't wait to see what she does with Earth and Water.

Copyright © 2003
Reviewed for LTDBooks rel. - November 1, 2002, ISBN #1553161092

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted January 6, 2003

SUMMARY

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.

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Genre: Fantasy
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.

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Small Magick
(Elementals: Book 2)
by Liddy Midnight

Ellora's Cave
October 1, 2004
Available: October 1, 2004
ISBN #1843609576
EAN #9781843609575
103 pages
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