Peridot: War and Peace Book Cover Peridot: War and Peace
The Stones of Power Book 2
M.D. Grimm
M/M Fantasy/Sci-Fi
March 5, 2017

Morgorth is considered a villain by his own people and known as the Dark Mage of the North. But now all he feels is light and love as he pursues a budding relationship with Aishe, a dialen of the Ravena tribe. Morgorth hardly believes his good fortune. He has allowed Aishe into his home, into his bed, into his heart. He laughs more, smiles more, and feels happier than he ever has before.

He should have known such bliss never lasts.

The Council of Mages, the ruling body over all mages on Karshian, knows he has Rambujek, a major stone of power—a stone won from an evil sorcerer. They also know his destiny—to become the Destroyer. Fearful, they send two emissaries to take the stone from Morgorth, using whatever means necessary. This includes tricks, threats to those under his protection, and the threat of war. A war Morgorth knows he would never survive.

Conflict soon arises between him and Aishe. Their tenuous relationship is put into jeopardy, their very beliefs about themselves and their love is put into question. Morgorth doubts if he should keep Aishe in his life. He doesn’t know if he can protect Aishe from his enemies. Or from the monster he might become.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

This series should be read in order. Before reading this review I suggest starting with book one so nothing of importance is revealed to you in my review.

When book two ended Aishe and Morgorth had finally destroyed the sorcerer and gotten possession of Rambujek, the stone responsible for death and destruction. Locked safely away with the other Stones of Power in Morgorth’s possession, the Dark Mage and the Dialen are preparing to learn to live with one another as companions and mates. Morgorth still has difficulty dealing with the fact that someone like Aishe could love him since being loved was never something he experienced in his entire life. His life was filled with abuse at the hands of his father who was determined to torture obedience into his son. His father was convinced that by doing so, Morgoth would one day rule the world. Beatings, starvation, burns, left outside to freeze are just a few of the things Morgorth suffered at the hands of a man who should have loved him, and it all happened until he was seven and was able to escape.

Just when Morgorth is starting to accept the fact his life would not be worthwhile without Aishe in it, he is visited by two messengers. Sent by the Council of Mages, the messengers are determined to get Morgorth to turn over the Rambujek. Morgorth has no illusions. The desire for the stone which is rightly his since he defeated the sorcerer and obtained it, is an attempt to force him to wage a war. Morgorth has been hated by the council since his birth and at the age of seven they tried to take him from his mentor Master Ulezander with the sole purpose of killing him. Despite lack of evidence of evil intent, they were willing to kill him because he was the seventh son of a seventh son and history had shown them to be deadly.

When confronted by the two mages who did not hide their dislike for Morgorth and voiced the same rhetoric he has heard his entire life, “he is a villain, he is evil, and he must be destroyed” Aishe stands up for him and goes face to face with mages who could snap a finger and kill him. Morgorth’s biggest fear is Aishe will do something that will lead to his death. For the first time, they find themselves in an argument. Aishe has to show Morgorth that being mates means being united in everything whether safe or dangerous and the two mages definitely bring danger to the forefront.

As with book one, there is a lot going on, creatures I won’t even mention because other than this book I never heard of them before. I love this series and I can’t wait for more. Aishe and Morgorth are amazing characters, and I am sure there is a lot more I have to learn about them.