Guest Review: Inheritance (Dominion, #1)

Seiran Rou's life is complicated—he's the only male in the world allowed to take magic classes in a female-dominant society, his vampire boyfriend, Gabe, is hinting that he wants more, and his mother is demanding a grandchild. But when a co-worker turns up dead on his doorstep, Seiran realizes his problems are only beginning.

With the police dogging his steps, a stalker-like bartender watching his every move, and a magic groupie following him around, Seiran is finding it hard to hide his power—a power that if revealed could get him killed. The Dominion, the ruling body of elemental magic, seems to have started a deadly game to control the rare magic he possesses. 

Someone is pulling strings, murdering witches, and gathering power. When Seiran finds himself next on the hit list, he doesn’t know whether to run and hide or prove himself to be the powerful witch he is. If he stands up and fights, he’ll have to decide what is more important—hiding his power or protecting the ones he loves.

Guest Reviewed by Vivian

Peace and quiet is underrated.

Took a minute to get use to the first person point of view, not bad, but unexpected. It worked well at keeping the focus narrow and the action contained to Seiran. The reversed power structure with females dominating in the witch world made for a quick twist. Also allowed for more violence since males are physically hardier than females; the repression could be both psychological and physical.

Gabe is a big, softy vampire, He is also Seiran's boss at the local vamp bar, and his occasional fuck buddy. Seiran doesn't do relationships. Bam! And move on. Which for a student isn't that unreasonable, but it's more than his focus being other places--he has baggage. Oh, mommie dearest.

Jamie is Gabe's trusted employee and friend. He also HOT. A big wall of a guy with a kind heart and oddly invested in Seiran. Seiran seems to attract creepy, stalker-like people, a magnet.

The comet of destruction in Seiran's life is his mother. Mother is a high ranked politician and demanding. When Seiran needs help, she negotiates that he provide an heir for her assistance. Thanks, ma.

The pace is fast moving with bodies, mishaps, and traumas around every corner. I found it entertaining and the hot/cold relationship of Gabe and Seiran amusing. Quick and fun read.

Overall, it's underdog to the rescue.

Favorite quote:
“You are so beautiful.” I started to say, “Fucked up,” but he stopped me with a finger to my lips.

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