Title: Reclamation (Dominion #2)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2015 – 183 pgs
Seiran Rou did the unthinkable to save his own life—he killed someone with magic. Now he’s haunted by the deed, and his internal troubles are ripping apart his newly strengthened relationship with Gabe. And the Dominion still wants him to toe the line and produce an heir.
After receiving threatening e-mails, phone calls, and vandalism that all seem to stem from another dead man from Sei’s tormented youth, Matthew Pierson, Sei thinks he’s going crazy and realizes he needs help. He turns to a Dominion-recommended psychiatrist.
But the past has already dug its claws in deep and someone is helping Sei’s old abuser lead him into a trap. Sei knows Gabe will come for him, and he’s ready to accept his love now. Only he doesn’t know if either of them will survive long enough to find a future together.
In the second book in the Dominion series, Seiran is a bit of a mess. The strong, sassy male with incredible powers is now Earth Pillar – but after the events of the first book, he is falling apart.
This book moves much more slowly than the first story. Until the end, there is limited action and all the drama is in Seiran’s head. The first book built Seiran’s world and in the second book Seiran has to learn to live with himself -and his past- in his world.
I like the way Seiran’s relationships are more real in this story. Seiran is no longer a cocky, androgynous playboy. He is needy, withdrawn and pretty difficult to live with. And this is when his relationships prove themselves to be solid and genuine. Readers get to see and understand the love Gabe and Jamie have for Seiran even before Seiran truly understands their commitment to him.
This is Lissa Kasey – her observations of human behaviours, interactions and relationships are as perfect as ever. As always, her characters are intricately drawn. But I missed the action of the first book. I like my heroes to kick ass – and the damaged Seiran in this story needs others to protect him. I like my fantasy to be exciting, and while Matthew haunted Seiran, this was a slow read for me.
I’ve grown too attached to Seiran to let the series go, but I’d like to see Seiran kick some ass in the next installment.
Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.