The Kitchen Boy by August Li ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

KitchenBoyLGTitle: The Kitchen Boy

Author: August Li

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/04/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller


2nd Edition

Kitchen servant Yoli is one of only three men who know a carefully guarded secret about High Commander Koehen, the brilliant general who united their lands against a common invader. The enemy wants that secret, and they are willing to use either kindness or cruelty to obtain it.

Yoli must decide if his loyalties lie with the commander, who has shown him more affection than anyone in Yoli’s life, or with his own best interests. High Commander Koehen’s attention is capricious at best—he summons Yoli only when it is convenient for him, and Yoli knows there’s little hope of a future together. Is a glimmer of a hope for love worth sacrificing a chance for prosperity beyond his wildest dreams?

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2013.

My View:

While The Kitchen Boy by August Li is a second edition, I never read the original, so I can not speak to the differences between the editions.

If I am not mistaken, The Kitchen Boy is my first story from August Li. I have a couple of their other fantasy novels on my TBR, but I just haven’t gotten to them (you wouldn’t know anything about that, would you? ha!).

In The Kitchen Boy, Li sucks you into their world and refuses to let you go. You suffer with Koehen and Yoli. You question your existence. You flinch with the blows. You also hope, despair, and love with these men.

The Kitchen Boy is a tale of love and loss. It is a tale of determining what is important in life. We follow Yoli from the lows of his meager existence as little more than a slave, to the highs of potential love by the king of the land. It is a tale of abuse and trust. In short, there is a lot packed into these 125 pages or so.

So anyway. Yeah, I plan to make a special effort to get to the August Li titles on my TBR in the near future. They know how to write fantasy. They know how to take you out of your world and put you squarely in one of their design for a few hours.


The Kitchen Boy on Goodreads
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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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