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Nicole Murphy

Dream of Asarlai, Book 2

HarperVoyager

ISBN: 9780732 291624

Reviewed by Lorraine Cormack

Power Unbound is the second novel in the Dream of Asarlai trilogy. Like Book 1, Power Unbound is a pleasant read that engages the reader and keeps you interested for the length of the novel, without necessarily being compelling.

The trilogy follows several members of a secret race known as the gadda. Magic users, some live among humans and many choose to live a more isolated life. All are required to keep their existence a secret from humans, and a sort of ruling council – the Guardians – help to keep the secret and keep the gadda in line.

In Secret Ones, the first novel, Maggie Shaunessy found the love of her life in Lucas Valeroso, and was elevated to the ranks of the Guardians at a time of crisis. The Forbidden Texts have been stolen and dreadful things are happening as a direct consequence. Power Unbound focuses more on Maggie’s best friend Ione Gorton. A widow with a small child, Ione has stayed well away from romantic entanglements, fearing that it wouldn’t be good for her son. Quick flings are fine, but a more lasting relationship will have to wait until Jack is older. But then Ione meets Stephen O’Malley. He urgently needs a place to stay while preparing to sit the sixth-order test to be allowed to use his powerful magic at a higher level. Ione is happy to offer help, but is unsettled when her reaction to Stephen suggests he might be far more than a casual fling.

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Nicole Murphy

Dream of Asarlai, Book 1

HarperVoyager

ISBN: 9780732 291617

Reviewed by Lorraine Cormack

Secret Ones is the first novel in the Dream of Asarlai trilogy. Although there is a whacking great loose end in the novel, to serve the plot which runs through the three novels, there is also a complete story in this volume. The result is a satisfying read which nevertheless will leave many readers looking forward to the next instalment.

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