Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: JOHN COULTHART
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/04/2015
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Bisexual, Fantasy, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court.
High King Sarrica is ruling an empire at war, and that war will grow exponentially worse if his carefully laid plans do not come to fruition. He’s overwhelmed and needs help, as much as he hates to admit it, but it must be someone like his late consort: a soldier, someone who understands war, who is not unfamiliar with or afraid of the harsher elements of rule. What he doesn’t need is the delicate, pretty little politician foisted on him right as everything goes wrong.
Publisher note: this is a highly expanded, completely re-written version of the free short that was previously available under the same title.
I first read the story on which this novel is based back in 2013. It was part of the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s annual Don’t Read in the Closet event in 2012. As such, it was rather short (about 41 pages). If you, like me, enjoyed the free version back in the day, you are in for quite a treat with this re-written and expanded edition. If The High King’s Golden Tongue is new to you, you are still in for a treat.
Megan Derr is consistently one of my favorite fantasy authors in this genre. She knows how to suck you into her world and keep you turning the pages. Her worlds are rich and well designed, while still connecting with the reader at every turn.
Derr is able to get me to empathize with High King Sarrica while my heart is breaking for Prince Allen. She makes me want these men to find each other on a deeper level. For me, this emotional response is one the benefits of this longer edition.
Despite the arranged marriage aspect, THKGT is not a simple story of two men forced together and eventually finding love. You get to watch both men grow within their roles. You get to watch them find that, while neither is what the other expected, they fit together and complement each other. Finally, of course, you get to see them fall in love. However, that love is not guaranteed. That love is in question for most of the book.
There are times that the story drags a bit. However, far more of the time, I found myself eagerly turning the pages to see what was next. There are no big bads at which to roll your eyes. There is conflict, but it is organically worked into the story.
One thing I appreciated in this story is that same-sex relationships simply were. There was no conflict surrounding the gender of the person one took to their bed.
I believe the author is planning to continue this story as a series, I am eager to revisit Harken and the royal palace.
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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