Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: John Coulthart
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Fantasy, Gay
High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who’d gotten what he wanted.
Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he’s respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they’ve kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn’t forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.
I will admit it. I was a bit worried about the follow-up to the beloved expanded edition of Megan Derr’s <a href=”” target=”_blank”>High King’s Golden Tongue</a>. I loved it as a short. I loved it as a full-length novel. I couldn’t wait to revisit Harken. I loved my most recent visit to Harken.
Lesto is a badass. There is no other way to describe him. He is feared and respected by everyone around him. He has the king’s ear and more importantly his unwavering trust. He also has given up much, including his eye, for his beloved country.
We have never before met Shemal. However, his backstory is given in just enough detail for us to get to know him without feeling bogged down by an information dump. We meet him after his pirating days have come to a close, so it is easy to fall for him. It is also easy to see how he is the one man who can match up to the powerful Lesto.
This story is not about them finding each other. It is about finding themselves and sharing those individual journeys with the other. It is about overcoming prejudices and fear and being with who you want to be with at the end of the day. It is about loving the person, not the title.
My only real complaint is that now I have to wait another year before I Kamir and Jader’s story… and even longer for Rene’s.
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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