The High King’s Golden Tongue, by Megan Derr
Series: Tales of the High Court, Book #1
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: November 4, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
Enemies to Lovers
Violence: i.e. capture, whipping (off-page)
References to past MPreg (male pregnancy)
While I like to read all kinds of genres, fantasy romance is my favourite. Reading it somehow calms me down and quiets all the unrest in me. It’s so peaceful and I can get really lost in another world. It’s wonderful.
The High King’s Golden Tongue accomplished this for me, too. I had a great time reading about Sarrica and Allen and enjoyed spending time with them. It is a very slow burning love between them, beginning with a hell of a rough start, and I really loved that.
I found the plot of the story, the political intrigue, and Allen’s involvement in it very interesting, and– heh, it’s probably heresy for a fantasy reader, but gosh– I love that we are spared the dull travel and battle times in this book. The pacing was a total win for me because all the boring parts were skipped in favour for all that I consider interesting.
This book lives from the characters, both the main and secondary ones, and their absolutely lovely and funny interactions. The banter between Sarrica and his brother-in-laws is the best, the informality of it all amazingly refreshing.
The world building is just the right amount of density for my taste. It feels complete without giving me every long and tiresome detail.
Sarrica and Allen do not spend that much time together, actually, but since the story is told from both their point of views, and the other is never far away in their thoughts, that didn’t bother me.
I had a very few moments when the internal monologues of Allen and Sarrica about their fears concerning a relationship, or better the lack thereof, got a little too much. Sigh, just talk, please! But it was still bearable, fortunately.
I think I wish there had been a little bit more on-page time with Allen and Sarrica’s kids. I think I would have really loved that.
Since bad proofreading often is an issue with the publisher, I want to add that, while, yes, I did spot the one or two errors, it wasn’t really at all bad and it didn’t pull me out of the story.
All in all, this is a great book—oh, by the way, it was my first book by Megan Derr—and I will definitely read the next book in the series and more books by her in general. Recommended.
Writing and reading are my life. I’m pretty equal opportunity, there is very little I do not like to read. But, I think it’s safe to say that romance and fantasy are my primary stomping grounds :3 I love writing slash, it works for me in a way that writing other things never did. Past that, I’m all over the board – fantasy, supernatural, contemporary, space operas, you name it.
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