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Aeneas: A Spirian Short Adventure by Rowena Portch is a story about Connor Avel Hawk, a young man who was born into a clan of Spirians, a race that exists due to the mating of Angels and Fae. Similar to humans in appearance, Spirians vibrate with the frequency of Angels and have the gifts of the Fae. Humans cannot tell them apart from their kind, which enables the Spirians to live among humans peacefully. At first, I was slightly confused with the world-building (scenes that took place in California and Washington), as I was expecting a complete fantasy world. However, my confusion was short-lived.
Protagonist Connor has never really felt like one of the Spirians. He is an alchemist, the first of his kind, which meant no other Spirian truly understood him. Frustrated by being so different, he is eager to embark on a quest to find his father’s magical sword, Aeneas. Aeneas is greatly desired by those who crave the power to rule and conquer their enemies. Connor, on the other hand, only wishes to invoke Aeneas’ power to connect with his father.
But the Shadows, the enemy of Spirians, also seek the sword, and when Connor finds himself falling in love with one of their kind, he is faced with the most complicated choice of his life. This is an attention-grabbing twist in the story and from that point on it just keeps getting more interesting. The dialogue is witty and the plot has a good pace. On the whole, for only 92 pages, Aeneas: A Spirian Short Adventure is a solid and worthwhile read.