Rebecca Cohen’s Under Glass
So super excited to have Rebecca Cohen back on my blog. Her latest book Under Glass is one that I cannot wait to read. A group that creates planets?! Gotta say it sounds like it’s right up my alley. If you’re not familiar with Rebecca’s work you really should check it out. Pick up any one of her books and you’re sure to enjoy it. She wrote an amazing book crossover (Kai and Ollie from Under Glass and Lornyc and Methian from the Reagalos series) that is exclusive for me. Err, I mean my blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I first read it. Be sure to read all about the book, plus an excerpt that will hurt your heart and make you want to keep reading. At the very bottom enter for a chance to win a Dreamspinner Press gift card and a book from Rebecca’s back list.
Just as a bit of background, in ‘Idolatry’, the second in the Reagalos series, Lornyc and Methian are able to cross into other dimensions. So let’s just imagine they were able to slip into the planetarium a few months after the end of ‘Under Glass’ (and there’s no alternative Lornyc and Methian in Kai and Ollie’s world so not to make it more confusing *g*).
Methian dragged Lornyc away from the archway. “I don’t think this is what Diam meant when she told you to look into the strange energy pattern.”
Lornyc snorted and pulled his arm out of his husband’s grasp. “Nonsense. Diam would’ve said something if she didn’t want me traveling here.”
“You keep telling yourself that, right up until the point she catches you and forbids you from leaving Reagalos Manor.”
“If you were so bothered you didn’t have to come with me.”
“What? And have you messing about on your own. You can get into trouble in a locked empty room.”
Lornyc flashed Methian a grin. “Only with the right inspiration.”
A dark red blur streaked passed the opening of the archway. Lornyc leaned out from their hiding space to see a young man wearing long flowing robes skidding to a halt in front of a huge glass dome. Lornyc’s jaw dropped as he saw what looked like a giant sun and series of planets housed into the middle of room. “Fuck!” he hissed.
The young man seemed to be searching for something. He crawled on the floor, his long brown hair falling over his face. He was joined by a second man with curly hair but he was scowling. “Just admit you’ve lost it, Kai.”
“No, Ollie, I’ll find it. I’m sorry.” Kai sounded distraught.
Ollie’s shoulders sagged and Lornyc recognized a similar demeanor to when Methian was trying to be angry with him but couldn’t keep it up. “It’s just a ring.”
“Not just a ring. My Union ring. I thought I’d put it safe.”
Lornyc saw a glint of gold material tucked into a corner. If he could just reach out with his magic and bring it into the open then he’d save this couple another argument.
He heard Methian swear under his breath, he must have had the same reaction to seeing the planets as he had. “What’s going on?”
“I think the one on the left has lost a ring – a piece of symbolic jewelry. I thought I’d fish it out using my magic.”
“Diam said not to use your magic in the other dimensions.”
“Don’t fuss so, Methian.”
Lornyc’s magic swirled into action, and he reached out a tendril of power and gently tugged the ring out of the hiding place it must’ve rolled to.
“There is it!” cried Kai in delight. He grabbed the ring and placed it safely on his finger.
Lornyc ducked back into the shadows, Methian cupping his jaw with his hand. “Never try to convince me that Lord Reagalos is not a romantic.”
“I merely did it so they would move on and not be in our way.”
Before Lornyc could answer, a familiar crackle of static interrupted him, and Diam stepped out of a portal. “Lornyc. What are you doing?”
“You said you needed help with the energy signal,” he said trying to sound innocent.
“You know very well, that did not mean you to charge around in dimensions you don’t belong. Both you, back now.”
With a last glance to the couple in the planetarium, who were now locked in a passionate kiss bathed in the light from the central sun, Lornyc followed Methian and Diam into the portal.
Creating planets and guarding the stars leaves novice planet builder Kai Faewiva lonely. For members of Kai’s species who are born with an organ called a caerellon, their true love, their Sun or Moon, is identified at birth. But the novices are people who have lost their perfect love, and Kai’s Sun is long dead, killed in an accident when he was five years old. Or so everyone thought.
After recovering from another bout of the unidentified illness he has battled for years, Kai returns to work. But his quiet day at the planetarium is thrown into chaos when scans of Goka Prime, one of the planets in the Sol-Alpha2 system, picks up a life-form that shouldn’t be there. Kai’s Sun, Oliver Gyin, is alive and well, but how he got to be on Goka Prime, no one knows. Now he needs to be brought home.
Ollie has lived most of his life in the City of Harrea, never guessing he is from another planet. Surprised to find a stranger means the world to him, Ollie wrestles with his loyalties and the drive to return with Kai. To leave Goka Prime, he must give up everything and everyone he knows. But twenty years apart means Kai and Ollie face a fight to secure their destined future.
The East Terrace had clear views of the city and the hills in the distance, and the setting sun bathed the world in hues of red, purple, and orange. “One of the best views from the palace,” Ollie said. “Guests aren’t usually allowed here.”
Kai glanced back to the door. “Will we get in trouble?”
“No, Menish is a personal friend. He won’t mind.”
“Must be good to have a friend who rules the city.”
Ollie chuckled. “We went to school together. I often have to remind myself that he’s the sultan and not the kid who helped me toilet paper the housemaster’s study windows.”
“Very good friends.”
Ollie didn’t think Kai needed to know just how good a friend Menish had been at one point, although what they had enjoyed was nothing more serious than teenage exploration. “Put it this way: he’d have no problem with me showing you this terrace.”
“The sunset is quite beautiful,” Kai said, turning to face it, and Ollie thought Kai wanted to steer the conversation away from Menish.
“Yes. It changes through the seasons, but I think this is my favorite time of year.”
“Then I am fortunate we chose this time to visit and a place on the mission became available.”
Kai’s choice of word in calling his visit a mission was a little strange, but Ollie thought better of mentioning anything. “Oh, you were. The festival to celebrate the end of harvest starts in a few days, and the city is awash with stalls and street entertainment.”
Kai turned back to him, cocked his head to one side, and smiled. “Perhaps you would agree to be my guide for that as well?”
The hopeful expression and the slight smile made Ollie swallow thickly as he stared into Kai’s dark brown eyes in the failing light. Kai bit his bottom lip and tilted his head back a little to look Ollie in the eye, making Ollie lick his own lips involuntarily. His hand twitched to cup Kai’s cheek and rub his thumb across his cheekbone to prove his hypothesis that Kai’s skin would be soft and warm to the touch.
The little voice in the back of his head returned, and it bluntly reminded Ollie he wasn’t a single man. The pang of guilt made him turn away, and he saw a confused look on Kai’s face. Not only was he in danger of betraying Rica, but he was also leading Kai along on a dance that Kai didn’t know Ollie already had a partner for.
He stepped away, shaking his head. “I’m sorry, Kai. I can’t do this. While I can’t deny you have caught my eye like no one else, I am not the type of man to be unfaithful.” There, he’d said it, made it clear he was attached, and Kai’s expression morphed first to confusion and then into hurt. “I don’t understand.”
“I have a boyfriend.”
“Boyfriend?” asked Kai weakly.
“His name is Rica. He’s away at sea.” The devastation on Kai’s face almost made Ollie step closer and gather him into his arms, but he forced himself to put more distance between them. “I’m sorry, Kai. I was so wrapped up in the connection we seemed to share I lost sight of things. I should never have let it get this far, and I must stop it going further.”
“I see.” Kai turned away. “I wish you a good evening, Mr. Gyin. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to enjoy the view a little longer before I find one of the servants to show me to my room.”
“Of course. I’ll see you in the morning.”
Kai didn’t reply, and Ollie retreated back inside, part of his mind protesting that he was going the wrong way, the other part telling him he was doing the right thing. He turned back to see Kai still standing on the terrace, his head bent. Ollie fled, fearing that if he stayed a moment longer he’d do something he’d really enjoy but regret later.
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
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