Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Megan Derr
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/16/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction
Lord Vellem is desperate to escape. His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace. Vellem found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but true escape from a life of violence remains out of reach.
Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance: marriage to a prince of their country’s oldest enemy to help bring about peace once and for all. The marriage promises Vellem not just a fresh start in a new land, but a challenge to his famed skills in building roads and bridges.
But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn’t certain he’s up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake.
Megan Derr is always good for a well constructed fantasy with deep characters and intriguing stories. The Engineered Throne is no different.
You start out caring about Vellem, but this story is so much more than Vellem’s search for a happy ending. There is action, adventure, lies, love, betrayal, and more. There is a dragon looking for affection and two men who never thought to be king. There is much grief and a consort who can’t help geeking out over engineering. I can’t tell you how much I loved that.
Vellem is multi-faceted. He is a strong character who just does what is right because it is right, not for the accolades or the position. He makes the tough decisions and makes them with grace.
Perdith doesn’t have quite the depth that Vellem has, but that is to be expected since the story is told from Vellem’s point of view. We see his actions through Vellem’s filter. We see there is more to him than the son so far down the line of succession he has no need to ever think about the throne. We see that he is scared and worried. We see that he can be ruthless but also supportive and loving.
I love that for these characters, a is so often the case with Derr’s writings, their sexuality is incidental. The Engineered Throne is a fantasy that happens to have gay/bisexual/ace characters in the lead. It is the perfect way to normalize these attributes.
I can’t wait to start The Painted Crown!
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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