REVIEW : The Guardian – Pelaam

The Guardian Book Cover The Guardian
Pelaam
Gay Fiction, Gay Romance
JMS Books
Sept 18, 2021
Kindle
227
amazon

Summoned by an aunt he didn’t know he had, Edison Jones heads to a small Welsh village. He’s met by Gavril, the local blacksmith, and the men quickly become good friends. Gavril takes him to Mam Eira. Their kinship is real; she only asks for his presence and help.

Encouraged to work in the local copper mine, Edison meets Bleddyn, the man of his dreams. However, it isn’t long before he’s drawn into a web of mystery and magic where people are not always what they seem. Bleddyn is The Guardian of the mine, set there to watch over an ancient, and deadly, adversary.

When evil is unleashed, Bleddyn is taken prisoner and Edison must face an age-old evil and rescue the man he loves.

Review By

Ulysses Dietz Member of The Paranormal Guild Review Team

Clearly, it takes a village.

An endearingly cozy adventure romance, “The Guardian” is set in a steampunk Welsh mining village that barely registers as steampunk but for a few details. A quirky homage to the Arthurian legend is at the foundation of this story of Edison, a Welsh coal miner called to his native village by an aunt he didn’t know he had. The age-old conflict between “old magic” and Christianity comes into play, oddly placed alongside very modern notions of labor versus land-owning management.

Although the author clearly takes a side, she is not absolute in either her praising of workers or condemnation of landed gentry. It is fascinating to see a sort of classic heroic saga played out with working people rather than knights, generously spiced with folk wisdom and wicca-type magic.

The wise old Mam Eira is determined to keep darkness out of her village and the lives of those she loves. But she is equally insistent that everyone under her care drink plenty of tea and eat their meals. I hardly remember a meal in all of the later part of “Lord of the Rings,” but meals seem to be a core value in Edison Jones’s world, rather Hobbit-like. There’s something kind of adorable about that.

I am that tiresome sort of romance reader that tends to skim over all of the intimate physical stuff, unless it feels really integral to the plot and the development of the characters. As far as I’m concerned, in most m/m romances, it does not feel integral, and this book is no exception. The two male couples central to the story are important, but I didn’t need to get into bed with them. Their discovery of love is reward enough.

 

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