A fairytale for two… or three…
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexander Tsopanakis
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
In the kingdom of Teruna, the red-cloaked Seruani teach the Terunans the art of love. Taken from their homes at seventeen to be trained, they are shunned as outcasts by society and considered the lowest of the low. So when Prince Tanish falls in love with the Seruan Feyar, the man who took his virginity and the only one to share his bed, he is not about to declare that love. No one can ever know, because the consequences would be too painful to consider for both of them.
When the king of Vancor visits Teruna, he promises that his son, Prince Sorran, will marry Prince Tanish to solidify the alliance between the two kingdoms, with the proviso that the virginal Sorran is instructed in the art of pleasing his husband-to-be. When Tanish’s father chooses Feyar to be this instructor, the lovers decide Prince Sorran must be taught that this is to be a marriage in name only….
A resentful prince, unwilling to share his lover.
A resentful Seruan, unwilling to share his prince.
And the shy prince whose very nature sparks changes in the lives of all those around them.
Teruna is about to change forever.
A kingdom, a harem, a prince and the man he loves… who is a member of that harem filled with people hired by others to bring them pleasure. Tanish is our Prince and Feyar his lover of seven years. Tanish’s father, King Feolin, is ailing and Tanish’s future is up in the air in several ways.
The writing style and tone of the story both read like a mix between a 19th century historical set in maybe Scotland, only more prim and proper, and a fairytale. That’s basically what this is, a fairtytale. Tanish and Feyar are in their early twenties yet speak with voices that sometimes sound several years younger. It makes them sound overly innocent when, in fact, their lives have known heartbreak. Toss in a physical setting more like a castle built in ancient Rome, and you get the picture.
Enter: Sorran, son of the king and queen of Vancor, a kingdom that is far away from Teruna (Tanish’s home) but is closer than most others. Sorran has talents, early on depicted as being an erratic prophet, having confusing dreams that provide him images of a possible future. He can also essentially see everyone’s auras as glowing colors that can change with mood.
There are machinations regarding the kingdoms and thrones, politics entering the fray on several fronts. Royalty and class systems, which vary by kingdom, also play roles as conflicts. It’s the fluffy version of a mashup twixt Game of Thrones, The Tudors and Spartacus, all served up on a giant platter of sweets, nothing gory or overly graphic.
Not much is left unsaid or unexplained, but the characters are all a part of that buffet of sweets, even the “bad” guys.
I could almost recommend this to older teenagers if accompanied with regular discussion about becoming adults and all that it entails. It’s not that this story is chaste, it’s not. The sex scenes do have specific detail but aren’t prolonged, a few of them fading to black. This really is a fairytale in every sense and would probably be a nice read for young men when they like to dream about finding their prince or princes.
Free of judgment within the group of family, friends and fellow soldiers, with the exception of the class discrimination and legally permitted treatment of some as less than full citizens of the realm. Yep, exactly. Undoubtedly, a metaphor.
This is not my cuppa, but it’s a very sweet tale, with a mix of modernity and fantasy, with three young men wanting what they feel to be right, which is together forever, and struggling to make that come true, along with a few of their own dreams. Awwwwwwwww. 😉
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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