This will be short because my laptop is dying and, quite frankly, I’m feeling lazy as shit.
I went into this knowing it was more political intrigue and less m/m romance… I just didn’t think it would be ALL political intrigue and NO m/m romance.
Obviously, the seeds have been planted for future shenanigans, but anyway, that’s my only gripe.
Otherwise, this was a very interesting story with an interesting setting.
At first it was a bit Game of Throne-ish with all the different characters and character names coming at you from seemingly every nook and cranny, but thankfully the author included a character glossary in the beginning – I definitely used it a few times.
I found the societal practices to be fascinating, and particularly Laurent’s character and the Regent’s pet child.
Yes, yes, I know that it’s technically CHILD MOLESTATION and that I should be more like this:
And less like this:
But what can I say?
It will be interesting to see how that all plays out.
➦I’ve been meaning to read this trilogy for a long time and now, finally, I’ve read all three books back to back. This will be a quick review of the trilogy as a whole.
➦My overall impression was positive. But I was surprised by a couple of things. I’ve expected this fantasy to have, well, more fantasy?
➦This felt a bit like… like… Game of Thrones pumped full of testosterone and minus the dragons. Or magic. Ok, forget it, it wasn’t like GoT. But there was a battle for the throne (or two) and it felt like most characters were those of the male variety.
➦D’uh, exactly. It’s an M/M novel. But still? Anyways. A captive prince sold to slavery to another prince. Sounds fun! A lot of action, twists and betrayals in this trilogy to keep a reader interested until the end, but no magic. It’s a fantasy world with lots of fighting but a traditional kind, with swords and such. Yeah, not even a little bit of magic. It’s ok, I got over it. It was still good.
➦Another surprise was how slow burn this was. Also, not a bad thing. But if you’re expecting pokepoke you might not get it for a while. May be some strokestroke to keep you interested. lol I know, so eloquently put.
➦Ok, so, to sum it up: if you’re looking for M/M fantasy with a lot of war strategizing, action and twists then this is for you! And in the midst of it all is a slow burn romance between two people who are very unlikely to ever trust each other or be friends. But no magic.