Book Reviews

#BookReview – Larkspur by V. M. Jaskiernia

Blurb

“Pierre Salvador is a surgeon and a duc, returning to court after years away at University. Now the childhood friend he left behind has grown-up–and is still not wed. But she does not know of his dealings with Mora, the Lady of Death, or what the jealous goddess wants him to do in return for her dark magic.”

 

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Review

This is a creepy but endearing short story like no other I’ve read. Necromancers are great entertainment, but necromancers who sacrifice their health and sometimes their lives to practice are gold. But Larkspur takes things even further with a morbid but thrilling love triangle.

Pierre Salvador actively practices dark magic granted to him by Mora, the Lady of Death. Set in the fictional land of Clandestina, Pierre returns home from University to find his childhood friend Elizabeth is unmarried and she quickly steals his heart. Pierre is descended from humans and fae, but chose to remain among humans unlike his sister who joined their fae family years before.

Mora, the Lady of Death, urges Pierre to join her in the land of the dead, but with the beautiful Elizabeth back in his life, Pierre is hesitant. Elizabeth and Pierre grow closer as she helps return him back to full health, unaware that Pierre is recovering from his own death. Love blossoms between them, while Pierre continues to practice necromancy to aid his recovery.

Larkspur is a dark and magical story, with undertones that are both sinister and endearing. I’ve never read a book with this feeling before, and it was oddly alluring! Larkspur is a well written story, with drama and heartache in all the right places.

While the story is set entirely in Pierre’s castle in Clandestina, it is easy to understand that the story is set in medieval times. Having said that, sometimes the language spoken by the characters is a little more modern. But the exchanges between characters, the depth of the characters and the progression of the story has been well thought out and makes for a truly enjoyable read.

It would have been lovely to have read a longer story by this author, and I hope they write a novel. But Larkspur definitely does justice to the medium of short story and according to the author, it is the first of a serial of similar stories. For sure, I can’t wait to read the next one!

Larkspur is available on Amazon in e-book format here – I recommend it!

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