King of the Storm by B. A. Brock ~ Book Review by Teresa

king-of-the-stormTitle: King of the Storm

Author: B. A. Brock

Publisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/24/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly

Blurb:

No one can outrun destiny or the gods.

In Epiro, a kingdom in Greece, Perseus is prophesied to be a great demigod hero and king, with a legacy that will shape the world of Gaia. When he was born, his grandfather exiled him, and his mother brought them to Seriphos, where she created an academy for demigod youth. Perseus trains there and waits for the day when he will be able to take the throne of Argos.

Despite potential future glory, Perseus’s fellow students think he is weak. By the time he reaches manhood, he has given up the hope of having any real friends, until Antolios, a son of Apollo, takes an unexpected interest in him. Perseus and Antolios fall in love, but Antolios knows it cannot last and leaves Seriphos.

Perseus, grief-stricken and lonely, rebels against the Fates, thinking he can avoid the prophecy and live his own life. But when the gods find him, he is thrust into an epic adventure. With his divine powers, he fights gorgons and sea serpents, and battles against his darker nature. Perseus strives to be his own man… but the gods have other plans.

My View:

As King of the Storm comes from Dreamspinners’ DSP imprint, you may guess that it is not a romance per se. There is a love story in there, in fact on some levels, there are many. That in itself is why it doesn’t fit the traditional definition. King of the Storm is an epic journey of a man spanning many years and adventures.

I had to suspend some of my personal foibles to truly appreciate this story. As this is set in a fictional world patterned off of Ancient Greece and follows, loosely, some of Greek Mythology’s legends, you have to remember the morals of the times. The gods were not faithful; sex was seen in a totally different light. Perseus is bi-sexual and polyamorous. While I have nothing against either of these, there was cheating in that his love partners did not all know about the others. I, personally, do not like cheating, but in this case, I couldn’t see the characters realistically doing otherwise and still have the same story.

There are two main pairings, one MM and explicit, one MF and all sex off page. In fact all the copious amount of sex in the book is MM pairings. The sex gets a little wild at times!

I loved the adventure. The action and the setting were great and reading it felt like watching a movie at times. I was immersed in the story.

I loved seeing Perseus grow as a person and as a man. I felt like I understood his motivations and his innate goodness. I didn’t like Antolios as much and couldn’t quite see the connection there but I like how things worked out in the end.

All in all, a great fantasy epic!

Links

King of the Storm on Goodreads
DSP Publications
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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