Book: As It Should Be 2nd Edition
A Windbrothers Collection
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication date: December 6, 2016
Length: 178 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Set in the sweeping Windbrothers’ world, where magic users and their sworn mates find each other through a process of trial and error, these stories, which take place long before the events in Desert, explore the different ways that ba’chi and hi’icha come together to become ki’ita. For every magic user, there is a grounding force to steady him, and neither half of the pair feels whole until he finds his destined lover.
Some mates discover each other with relative ease, while others have a harder time uniting with their designated partners, and the world they live in can be accepting, cruel, or even indifferent. From a shape-shifter with a secret to a pair of twins who think they’ll never find their lover, Sean Michael gives us a lot to love, just as it should be, in these stories sure to tug at your heart.
This bundle of 5 short stories all take place in the Windbrothers’ world. A fantasy world where its people see the wind as its guiding force and they listen when it speaks. Each one of these stories is a unique tale of one finding their destined mate, a mate brought to them by the wind. Where there is a ba’chi there must be a hi’icha to guard them, the two creating what they call ki’ita. One does not live without the other so when one passes into the summer lands the other will follow.
Whether it's the story in Coming Home where Bren finds that his future is better than his past and he deserves to have the love of Iral and his daughter Rian.
Or Turtle, the story of Satta who while out patrolling his lands stumbles on So’el and Du’el, twin brothers who have some special powers and no home to go back to. And to keep his ba’chi safe Satta will sacrifice a lot, maybe even his life.
Then we have The Wind’s Will, a story of Benik who has to fight for his ba’chi Semon against his beloved cousin. Semon, hides a secret and has always been told he was a burden to his old tribe has a found a friend in this one. But now he must try to see if his heart sings for Benik to finally find his home.
Blown Together by the Wind is the story of Delen who could control and speak to the winds finds a warrior, Unar, that intrigues him but he hasn’t been around or spoken to what he calls Others for a very long time. The warrior himself is one of a kind, but can Delen find a way past his fear to stay with Unar, his One?
Finally, there is the story in Weaver of Sebak who was travelling to find his mother, once thought to be dead, and her tribe that he had lost long ago when he stumbles upon Azen, a man left to live in the darkness and be cursed because his hi’icha passed to the summer lands without him. Sebak learns of the fate of his mother at the same time he must find a way to bring this man out into the light, to save him because the winds have lead him here to do just that.
Each story is unique in its telling and characters. Each are sweet and romantic and filled with heat. The lands, the history, the people, and all its magic were given good depth and detail for such short stories. I do wish there was less sex and more story because I felt it diminished the love story portion of the storytelling. I haven’t read the book that this prequels, Windbrothers’ Desert, but it now will be one that I make sure to follow up since I loved this world so much.
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