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Rogue in the Making by T.J. Nichols Release Day Review

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Book Info

Book Series
Studies in Demonology, Book 2
About the Author
TJ Nichols is an avid runner and martial arts enthusiast who first started writing as child. Many years later while working as a civil designer, TJ decided to pick up a pen and start writing again. Having grown up reading thrillers and fantasy novels, it’s no surprise that mixing danger and magic comes so easily, writing urban fantasy allows TJ to bring magic to the every day. TJ enjoys writing novellas and novels and has a series, Studies in Demonology, coming out with DSP Publications.
After traveling all over the world and Australia, TJ now lives in Perth, Western Australia.

You can find me on
patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TJNichols
twitter @TobyJNichols
Publication Date
May 22, 2018
Available Formats
epub, mobi, pdf
Content Warning
 love triangle, blood magic, sex magic, sacrifice
The blood sacrifices have brought rain to Demonside, but across the void, the Warlock College of Vinland is still storing and gathering magic, heedless of the warnings of the international magical community. The underground is full of warlocks who disagree with the college, but do they care about wizards and demons or only about snatching power?

With a foot in each world, Angus is no longer sure whom he can trust. The demons don’t trust humans, and even though he is learning more magic, he will never be one of them. He is human and only tolerated. Some demons would be happy to slit his throat. It’s only because his demon is powerful in his own right that Angus is alive.

Saka only has a year to prove that Angus’s people can change and that the magic taken will be rebalanced, but the demons want action. His affection for Angus is clouding his judgment and weakening his position in the tribe. Time is running out, and he must make a choice.

Editor review

1 review
  Cover – Gorgeous
 POV – 3rd person, dual character POV
 Would I read it again – Yes!
 Genre – LGBT, Fantasy, Paranormal, Demons
 Content Warning – love triangle, blood magic, sex magic, sacrifice


 I've been waiting what feels like forever for this book to come out. Book 1 ended on a semi-cliffhanger, certainly a HFN, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.

 Again, this was a rollercoaster of emotion. The love triangle of Angus, Terrance and Saka was back with a bang that had a much greater impact, because Angus and Terrance actually spent more time together during this book, than they did in book 1. The prospect of them becoming a poly relationship in the next book is great, because I really didn't want Angus to give up on Saka.

 I felt the split world dynamics much more acutely in this book, since Angus truly did spend half his time in Vinland and half his time in Demonside/Arlyxia. There was adventure on both sides and, despite how complex and well written the world building was in book 1, there was even more of it done here. The world building continued and compounded upon everything we'd learned in book 1, to add more scope and more complexity to the Demonside/Arlyxia world as well as the human/Vinland world. By explaining the situation with the other continents, such as the Mayan Empire, the world has grown bigger and more capable of carrying on such an expanding plot.

 Truthfully, I was so wrapped up in the story that I didn't make my mountain of notes, like I usually do. I just marked a few notes of important things and let myself fly free to enjoy the story without interruption.

 In terms of plot, this one really needs to be read as part of a series. You can't just dip into book 2 without reading book 1, first. I know there's a Previously note at the beginning, that recaps the main plot points of book 1, and there's the usual recap during the main text/storytelling as Angus recovers from the wounds inflicted at the end of book 1, but you just have to read the first sentence to know that this should be read like a series, each book flowing from one to the next without pause.

 The plot picks up right where we left off, when Angus was so nearly fatally stabbed his father, at the end of book 1. I love that it doesn't waste time between those events, because every small moment in this world is important and I didn't want to miss a thing.

 Like book 1, for being less than 300 pages, it reads like a 500+ page novel. There is so much intricacy to the world building and the characters that a whole lot happens in those <300 pages. Sometimes I put it down to digest, to think about what's happened, to contemplate the messes made and the mysteries to be unravelled as I let it all soak in. Sometimes I just can't help but let my eyes skim ahead and then curse myself for it and go back to the start.

 I won't say anything about the plot that's too revealing. It was good to learn the truth about Jim and Angus' break-up, and it was good to see more of the Underground and what they were actually doing. It was also nice for Angus to make friends with some of the trainees in Demonside and find allies amongst the enemy. I also really loved the slight change in dynamics between Angus and Saka. It wasn't pure, blind trust or devotion anymore. Angus really grew up at the end of book 1 and we see the result of that here; he's stronger, more cautious, and he doesn't do anything blindly. He's still a little rash, but he's barely 20 and those things are totally normal for a kid his age. I liked seeing him learn and adapt his magic, to undergo his lessons with Saka and Usi, to learn the art of magic and wield it with skill. It was also interesting to see Saka and Usi finally face off, to see Miniti take a side and make a decision about Angus' fate, when she's been hesitant to rock the boat until now.

 There were old and new characters alike, and they were all written with expert skill and depth.

 Yes, I'm a little devastated that it took a year for book 2 to release and might take another year before I can read book 3, but I don't mind. With this book's release, I got to revisit book 1 and reexplore the world all over again. When book 3 releases, I'll get to experience another revisit to books 1 and 2, leading into book 3, so it's all for the good on my end. These are books that I'll be re-reading constantly anyway, so it's another excuse for me to buy the paperbacks and have them at the ready for the release of the next installment. As far as I'm concerned, it can go on forever and ever and I won't complain.


 Was there anything I didn't like?
 Yes, there were a few editing issues. About three, according to my notes, which is pretty amazing for an advanced copy. I also wasn't too keen on the Previously section, which was a basic bullet point list of events that happened in book 1. Maybe if it had been a 1st person recap by Angus, or some sort of Prequel dream sequence it might have worked better, but it's the first Previously section I've ever seen in a book and I didn't really see the point of it, since it picked up exactly where book 1 left. Because it can't be read as a standalone and it's advertised as part of a series, I'm not sure it was required.

 But, saying that, I didn't let it reflect my rating because it's all personal opinion and it didn't affect the story or the world building at all.


 Favourite Quotes

 “It would be easier if Angus tore Saka's heart free and left it in the sand for a scarlips, but Angus would never do that.”

 ““I like you.”
 Angus gave him a sideways glance. “It's not that hard to say 'I love you.'”
 But Saka had never said those words to anyone. Angus was the first person he'd ever loved.”
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