Title: Canes and Scales
Author: S.A. Garcia
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Serpent Prince Linden of Ardaul is determined to drag his barbaric, power-hungry country into the modern age by encouraging learning, advances in the sciences, and tolerance. His insane brother Edward, the King, delights in making him pay for his efforts.
Long years of watching his back, fighting wars, and solving conflicts started by his cruel brother have taken a toll on Linden’s body and mind, and he needs a respite. When Linden meets an alluring young bed slave named Alasdaire, his weary heart responds. Alasdaire is an exotic mix of southern royal Totandian elf and human, and, although he’s also suffered hardship most of his life, his loving personality captivates the Prince.
Despite their differences, Alasdaire—canes, and Linden—scales, unite in body and soul, but their romance is nearly shattered by betrayal. When Linden becomes King, magical assassins, treachery, and threats plague them. They narrowly escape death more than once. The lovers must discover who wants them dead and more importantly, where they can turn for aid. Neither enemies nor allies are what they seem. Only time will tell who means to harm Linden and Alasdaire—the elves, the imprisoned Edward, or something even deadlier—and time is one thing they don’t have.
This novel was previously published as a novella by Dreamspinner Press. It has been expanded and re-edited.
An expansion of a novella, Canes and Scales has a lot going for it. It is a high fantasy tale that includes steampunk as well as elves and magic. It portrays an interesting world with an evil king, a benevolent prince, and an ill-used half-elf noble turned pleasure slave.
I liked Prince Linden and Aladaire both as individuals and as a couple. I liked that there wasn’t a big misunderstanding that tore them apart; they kept things from each other for short periods of time but always quickly reconciled and forgave. The conflict was due to more external forces and there was a good balance between intrigue and romance. I also found the world to be well described and unique.
However, the narration was bogged down by repetitive, mundane details and too much inner monologuing, making it seem even longer than its 350 pages. I never wanted to give up on the book, because I wanted to know how it all played out, but I grew frustrated at the pacing.
Overall, I would read a sequel, which the author left room for, but would hope that the next book is a little tighter.
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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