Darren and Kavon have committed to each other, but magical rules are changing and that tests the strength of their bond. The death of a prominent Egyptian shaman and the shadowy remains of O’Brien’s conspiracy to kill adepts and steal their magic also pressure the new couple. Kavon is determined to protect his partner through these storms, but he is also painfully aware of his own tendency to hover. And as Darren is quick to point out, he is an armed federal agent who won’t allow Kavon to keep him off the front lines.
Making the relationship even more difficult, the spirit guides who offered their loyalty have their own hopes and needs. The world is changing, and Darren’s spirit guide pushes them to find the right path to navigate. However, Kavon has never enjoyed being pressured, and he is particularly uncomfortable walking into a situation he doesn’t understand. Worse, the longer he knows Darren and his guide, the more confused Kavon becomes about how magic even works. The two men must pull together or the forces moving in the shadows threaten to destroy them before they have any chance at happiness.
I really enjoyed book 1 so I was excited to jump into book 2. Darren and Kavon are bonded now and so Darren feels more of Kavon’s emotions than anyone else would enjoy. But Darren’s happy to be with Kavon and seeing (or in this case feeling) just how deep his partner is.
Bennu is causing problems, not that he means to. He’s trying to help, but take one ifrit who doesn’t really understand the human world, let his magic loose, and all sorts of crazy things happen. Especially when Darren can’t control Bennu’s magic. And Bennu’s worried, so he uses his magic to do something quite unique. And no – I’m not going to tell you. It would give it away and quite honestly, it’s one of the highlights of the book and I hope is a telltale sign of the kind of things that are going to happen in book 3.
Except for the instances of “Bruh” which once again popped up – because that’s one of Les’s words – I really enjoyed Derivation. Kavon and Darren’s relationship, their interactions with their teammates, their search for the ultimate bad guy and finding that just maybe there’s someone worse than him. Egyptian jinn, out of control shamans, and a spell that’s sucking the magic out of Arlington. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
It would have ended up 5 stars except for the sex scenes. I kept getting lost. One moment it sounded like Kavon and Darren were back to front and in the next they faced one another. The rest of the book was fab, but their sex scenes took it down to a 4.