Two boys. Two forms of magic. One powerful combination.
When Elliot Rivers, a Homo Sapiens, becomes friends with Barve, a Nean (Neanderthal) on their first day at university he has no idea of the conflict and fury it will cause among the students and staff, as well as within his family. To make matters more difficult, Barve’s argumentative brother, Farlden, hates Elliot.
Elliot and Farlden both possess the rare gift of magic. The discovery that it becomes stronger when they combine their abilities creates a connection between them and, against their will, it draws them closer together, slowly changing animosity to something far more dangerous.
The Nean brothers are keeping an extraordinary secret, though, one that could shatter their complex relationships with Elliot and change all their lives.
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Cis boys: Elliot and Farlden
Note: There’s a major character, Barve, who wears women’s clothes sometimes but this is treated as being more about how gender is viewed in Neanderthal society than an aspect of his personal identity
Bisexual: Elliot; Farlden
Not mentioned in the book.
White: Elliot; Farlden
Trigger Warnings: Some bullying where offensive language is used against the main characters
Ending: 1st book in series