Afflicted to the Core Wielder World, Book 3 Nat Kennedy LGBT, Gay, Fantasy Fiction Lagomorph Press June 14, 2019 275
Reggie Wolfe religiously visits Kyle Landon—his student in Nerve detangling—at the Harpford Disentanglement Center, where the younger man has been incarcerated on trumped up charges. During one of Reggie’s visits, Kyle’s able to warn his teacher of an imminent unauthorized transfer by an unknown shadow agency. Reggie demands help from his sister at the Bureau of Wielder Services but is pressed to take the matter into his own hands when bureaucratic red-tape stymies her actions. Breaking into a secret medical installation, Reggie and August Whalen find Kyle and six other men hooked to IVs, unknown chemicals pumping into their systems.
The three are caught up in a quest to find an antidote for the drugs and discover who is behind the powerful anti-male Wielder organization. On this dangerous road, will they forever remain friends or give in to their growing attraction?
Afflicted to the Core is the steamy third novel of the Wielder World series—gay urban fantasy full of desire, desperation, and dedication born of trial and blood.
This is the third book in the Wielder World series. The world building is well done, with magic wielders having physical consequences for using their skills. My only complaint was some confusion in giving different meanings to terms in this world. I had to remind myself of the definition in the book world. The action level is definitely dialed up in this book. There is an intriguing mystery that flows through the narrative as well as a little bit of a sweet and steamy romance developing between the main characters Reggie, August, and Kyle. Getting to know Reggie’s sister, Bethany was both interesting and critical to the story. There were lots of questions left unanswered, hinting at more books to follow. There is a lot that could be pulled together and developed in further writings. It will be interesting to see what the author does with all the options.