Title: In Despair (Princes of the Blood #3)
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry.
Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé’s triumph is met with anger and rejection…
Not my favorite of the series.
I read these stories for the fantasy adventure and the creatures that give me the heebeegeebees. As much of a wimp as I am, I’m a glutton for Ms. Derr’s particular kind of punishment. I feel like the romance has always been secondary to the action/adventure. Of Last Resort is my favorite because it melded the romance and the adventure together in such a way that had me flipping those pages in a frenzy. Unfortunately, that was not the case for me with In Despair which is due, in large part, to the age of the MCs for the majority of the book. Telmé and Korin have been the established couple throughout the series and this is the story of how their relationship developed 27 years ago when they were 17 and 15 respectively.
I remember the hell of being a teen-the self-doubt, the insecurities and the moodiness. I do. I understand all of those feels, but I don’t particularly care to read about them. Both Telmé and Korin have been forced to take on adult roles far too young and both struggle with those responsibilities while contending with the constant scrutiny of their elders. As much as I understand and even sympathize with their plight… ugh. It was grueling. Really. All the screeching, crying, overreacting, fighting, pity parties were just too much melodrama for me.
The adventure aspect was simplistic. If I can figure out what’s going on halfway through the book, then I lose interest waiting for the MCs to figure it out.
What I did enjoy and simultaneously found cringe worthy, as usual, were the creatures/monsters. One word: snakes. shudders Why’d it have to be snakes? I jumped. Literally. More than once. Reading. I’m shaking my head at myself. I believe she added a few new creatures to the Legion which were interesting. Ms. Derr is certainly not lacking in creativity in the creeptastic department. There is some worldbuilding, though not a lot, but I did learn why the bonding of the Princes to a human is so important.
In short, I liked it. I didn’t love it. There were a lot of silly editing mistakes. Really silly. However, I would read another installment if she’s continuing on with the series. In a heartbeat.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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