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Surrounded by Crimson (Sumeria's Sons 4) by Lexi Ander

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Gods/Goddesses / Magic / MPreg / Psychic Powers / Shifters / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-October-2020

Book Blurb

In nine days' time, Tristan will birth the heirs of the Seat of Zeev and life couldn't be more hectic or dangerous for him and Ushna.

Tristan has agreed to bond with Ushna, but there is still much to do. Returning to Tribe Enkidu puts everyone on edge, and Tristan is being stalked like prey. It doesn't help that he fights depression as he mourns the loss of Nikita, or that claiming his birthright becomes a battle of wills with the Elder Council. The pleading of his adoptive daughter only adds to the oppressive feeling.

Stumbling onto a secret prison while searching for Ushna leads Tristan to risk everything to free a lost God. But breaking the bond to his Twin Flame all those years ago has more repercussions than Tristan knew, and the assistance of a forgotten Goddess and a centuries-old lover may not be enough to save him.


Author’s Note: This includes the Sumeria’s Sons Interlude: A Child’s Wish.

First edition published by Less Than Three Press, July 2015.

Book Review

In this fourth volume the mystery deepens even as some of the questions from previous books are answered. The blend of Sumerian legends, lycan and other paranormal stories is further enhanced as the birth of the royal heirs moves closer and closer. As expected, some of the security measures are not enough, and Tristan's enemies remain unconquered. As if he didn’t have enough to deal with, current and new obstacles appear and the power struggle becomes more heated by the second.

Tristan is still very pregnant, but that doesn’t stop him from making the trip to see the Elder Council to claim his birthright, as well as visit with the mothers of his ex-Flame's children. Of course, nothing is as easy as it seems, and Tristan is challenged to fight even while extremely pregnant. At least it brings him closer to Ushna than ever before, until they are brutally separated and left to fend for themselves. 

Ushna continues to be amazing and just what Tristan needs. While he is still the partner Tristan wants, and, in fact, the two end up closer than ever, the attention gradually shifts from him to include the clearly missing third partner. Ushna isn’t very vocal about missing his Twin Flame, the one who was killed when he was eleven, but when the question about what to do about their third emerges, Ushna's answer is very clear. At least my questions from the last book, the ones about the problem of a bond between what emerges to be a triad, not a couple, are finally answered.

This series just goes from strength to strength. The mix of epic fantasy and paranormal drama just gets better with each book, and, as ever, I am on tenterhooks for the next instalment. If you like ancient legends with a mysterious yet modern twist, if you enjoy sweeping tales with stunning revelations and yet more secrets, and if you're impatient to find out what Tristan and Ushna are made to suffer next, then you need to read this book. Answers are given, new questions are added, and the tension increases to unprecedented levels. How will all of this end? This series has certainly managed to keep my attention!



A Child's Wish
I always love returning to Lexi Ander’s world of the ‘Sumeria’s Sons’ series, and this short story offered me exactly such an opportunity. Since the next full novel (‘Dragon’s Eye’) will release in a few days, this felt like a nice way to “warm up” for the main event. Like all the shorts in this series, it focuses on some of the magi who are secondary characters throughout. I do have to warn you: as the blurb states, this cannot be read as a stand-alone; it won’t make any sense without you having read the other books first.

Stan has not had an easy time of it. He has been rejected by his old childhood friend Magi Grigori when Grigori ended up with Juan in ’Starting Fires’), and Stan did not take it well. Now he sees only one way to redeem himself, and that is to become an Ophidian. He passes the trials but still feels as if he is adrift when he returns to Ushna’s home with the task of making sure Justus deals with the loss of his Twin Flame to a different realm. Stan would rather face raging monsters than one small shifter child…

If you like this series, if the magi interest you as much as Ushna and Tristan, and if you’re looking for a quick read to tide you over until the next novel, then you might enjoy this short tale.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 196 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-October-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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