Friday, 9 March 2012

Chalice by Amber Kell


In order to stop his magic from eating him alive, Chalice seeks out a man strong enough to dominate and control him.

Chalice might be a prince on his planet but his submissive tendencies prevent him from dealing with the incredible energy coursing through his body. Magic users need a second to balance them out, but there has never been a case where the one with the power didn’t hold the dominant position. Chalice’s ability as a rare four elemental magic wielder already marks him as different, though. And with the king in denial of his son’s needs, he has no choice but to look off-planet to find a powerful partner.

He runs into a diplomat on a mission who leads Chalice to agree to be the pet of an emperor—one whose reputation for tossing aside subs is only balanced out by the fact that Chalice thinks he’s the sexiest creature he’s ever seen. Chalice takes the plunge, hoping the biggest gamble of his life won’t prove to be his biggest mistake.

What an interesting concept. Moving to another planet. Just the idea of it interested me. Chalice’s move from one to the other was a joy to read about. On one he’s a prince, everyone fawns over him, but on the other he’s no one. I can imagine how nice that would be for him, because I felt a strong sense that he wanted a break, to be himself—to be allowed to be himself.

For once he can view the world as Chalice the man, answer how he wants to, behave how he wants to. He agrees to be a pet—another interesting concept because he went from basically being told what to do as a prince and now as a pet, which had a nice parallel because it shows how people, despite wanting change, nearly always tend to gravitate towards much of the same where it’s safe. When he meets his owner, a man he knows might tire of him easily, he has to make sure he keeps him interested. There’s no worry about Chalice being cast aside, though. The emperor is smitten and has never felt this way about one of his pets before.

To watch these two interact was great. Their emotions spiral, twist, and make both men want to hold on to what they have, but conflict is on the horizon in the form of mixed signals. Uh-oh! You’ll just have to read it to see whether they weather the storm!

Verdict: A delightful read that I found very interesting because of the different worlds and being able to move from one to the other. I especially liked the scene when Chalice first arrived and I got to see what he did, as he did.


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