Book Review: Inheritance (Dominion Book 1) by Lissa Kasey

 
 
Between a vampire lover, a fear of commitment, anxiety, bullying (for being the first male witch allowed to take magic classes), possible stalkers, and a controlling mother demanding a granddaughter and willing to do whatever it takes to get one, Seiran has his hands full. But then a serial killer starts targeting people close to vampires, and Seiran might be next---that is, if he's not burned at the stake by the Dominion first.

Title: Inheritance
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Book Number: Book 1
Pages: 213
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First things first, I found Seiran hard to like in this book… but I got there eventually. Well, he still wasn’t the most easily likeable character, but I sympathized with him and became more understanding of his behaviors. See, for a while, all he seemed to ever want or think about was sex. Even when one of his coworkers was murdered and he was the one to find the body. Even when he had creepy stalkers to worry about. Even when he knew he was likely next on the hit list of a serial killer. He was also so forward with his flirting that it was borderline harassment sometimes. He also had a lot of attitude and came across as very stubborn and immature. He even made sarcastic, mouthy remarks to the cops who showed up to investigate the dead body on his doorstep. But I think some of those things may have been because of how the new moon was affecting him (something to do with his magic), and some of his behaviors could also be explained by the problems he’s had in life, the bullying he’s been through, and his awful mother. He also had OCD and anxiety—something I didn’t realize until halfway through the book—and although I don’t think that excuses everything, it did make him a little easier to emphasize with; we all have our struggles, and I felt for him in regards to his. So ultimately, though I think he could’ve been a little less of a jerk sometimes, he wasn’t a bad person.

Gabe, on the other hand, was very easy to like from the start, even though he was a little too perfect to be realistic. He was so good to Seiran. He accepted everything about him and was always there for him. And I felt bad that he wanted to be with Seiran but all Seiran would give him was sex because of his fear of commitment. I mean, Seiran made that clear from the start, so I’m not saying that Seiran did anything wrong where that was concerned, I’m just saying that I felt bad for Gabe regardless. And that whole scene while Seiran was in lynx form was a little bit heart-breaking because I could feel how much Gabe loved Seiran, how worried he was, and how upset he was about everything Serian was dealing with.

But one of my complaints about the book is that I would’ve liked to see more of the connection between Gabe and Seiran. Gabe clearly loved him, I could feel that in his actions and his words… but why? I don’t mean Seiran was unworthy of his love, just that almost every time they were in a scene together, Seiran was trying to jump Gabe’s bones, so that was the only interaction I really saw between them. There was hardly any talking or doing nonsexual things together.

Another issue I had while reading was that a lot of the characters seemed to act in kind of weird, slightly unnatural ways, but then it turned out that there were reasons for all those things, so it didn’t end up being an issue in the end.

Overall, even though I wasn’t blown away by this book, I was interested in the plot, I liked that it had mental illness rep, and I ended up caring about the characters and their relationships enough by the end that I knew I wanted to continue the series and get to know the characters more.

 
 
Book Blurb

Seiran Rou’s life is complicated—he’s the only male in the world allowed to take magic classes in a female-dominant society, his vampire boyfriend, Gabe, is hinting that he wants more, and his mother is demanding a grandchild. But when a co-worker turns up dead on his doorstep, Seiran realizes his problems are only beginning.

With the police dogging his steps, a stalker-like bartender watching his every move, and a magic groupie following him around, Seiran is finding it hard to hide his power—a power that if revealed could get him killed. The Dominion, the ruling body of elemental magic, seems to have started a deadly game to control the rare magic he possesses.

Someone is pulling strings, murdering witches, and gathering power. When Seiran finds himself next on the hit list, he doesn’t know whether to run and hide or prove himself to be the powerful witch he is. If he stands up and fights, he’ll have to decide what is more important—hiding his power or protecting the ones he loves.

This book has been revised and rereleased by the author.

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  1. Greg

    Ooh elemental magic. And I always like it when a character’s on the run or being hunted. Sounds like Seiran has a lot going on, and glad that he grew on you since yeah he does a bit of a jerk, at least at first! Sounds like a pretty decent series though with some cool ideas.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Seiran sure did have a lot going on. I was glad that he grew on me some too! I’ve read the rest of the books that are out, and yeah, it is a good series so far :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      I would say you could always check my blog if you want recs since I usually do one LGBT+ review every week, but I think we have somewhat different taste.

  2. Lola

    I can understand why you thought the main character was a bit unlikeable at first with how you describe him, that does sound a bit much with how he only thinks of sex. But it does sound like his behavior makes sort of sense too. Gabe does sound like a likeable character with how much he cares about Seiran ad how accepting he is. And that does seem like a tough situation with Serian only being able to give him sex, even tough Gabe knew that to begin with.

    Sounds like it would’ve been nice to have some more non-sexual scenes as well so you could feel their romance a bit more. That can be a bit annoying when some behavior is a bit unnatural, but that’s good to know there were reasons for that in the end.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It was a bit much at the start, but I was glad there was some explanation and that he got more likeable. And Gabe was so supportive, one of those people you want in your real life!

      Yeah, I just really would’ve liked some other romance-related scenes :-/

  3. Olivia Roach

    Sometimes. Sometimes I can symathise with them. My example for unlikeable characters is always Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue because he is one of the most unlikeable characters I remember that I actually didn’t mind? I don’t think I would be able to like this one though, just because he sounds a little too focused on sex for my tastes. On top of the lack of a spark between the couple… it just doesn’t sound like one for me.