With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…
Sounds dramatic right? Well it kinda is. I mean in no way is it boring but it isn’t quite as dramatic as the blurb makes it out to be. Okay wait – I take that back, it’s hella dramatic. (whoops haha, I just let you in on something haha whoops) Okay so yes maybe I did start this review before finishing the book, but I reserve the right to do that. I mean, I really want to write these so why not start a little early? This book was hella good and probably one of my 2016 favourites, wait I take that back, it is definitely on of them. I read the first one earlier this year and I loved it as much as I love(d) this one. I really can’t wait for the next one, but sadly it will have to wait until I can afford it *sigh*, why must a paperback cost almost the same amount as a hardback? It really confounds me, like seriously. What’chu doin’ son?
In this book we get to see Laurent’s character change and mature. He seems to come into himself around Damen and I really love that. Damen also grows as a character, he becomes someone who he doesn’t think that he can ever be and he realises that perhaps this was who he was meant to be. He and Laurent of course. Together. Forever. With nothing and no one to come between them. Which is just the way it should be. This isn’t one of my OTP’s or anything nope.
I also really love the world. I love how it is similar to Rome and her Empire. Truly it is a beautiful piece of world-building that I appreciated every time I opened this book. The world was described in just enough to entrance and not bore me. I really love this world. It’s really realistic to me and I can imagine the characters moving through it. But I will say that she did a lot of showing and not telling which I really appreciated. It let me get drawn into the story and that made the time just fly by. And I really love it when that happens. It’s a sign of a good book.
Do you know what else is the sign of a good book? It not being longer than it needs to be. 400 odd pages was the perfect length for it, especially with that extra chapter at the end. Which I really appreciated. I mean who doesn’t want that kind of content at the end of a good book. 10/10 would read again. Although I will say that it did make me laugh, as did the original scene/chapter that it is an expansion of because, nipple (I am a super immature child who finds the word nipple hilarious, also if there’s a picture of a semi-nude man and his nipples are on display then yes I will laugh at it. Also can I just say: buttocks. Who doesn’t find that funny?), I understand that the chapter was there to show character development and plot-moving-alongness but I’m sorry, you can’t put the word nipple into something like that and expect the immature among us to not laugh and ignore the serious chapter for what it was meant to be. Anyway, back to my original statement at the beginning of this paragraph. Yes. The book had everything it needed and there was little to no waffle. Which is always appreciated. So thanks for that Pacat. Can I just say really quickly that I super appreciate that surname. It’s brilliant and another reason for people to read this book, because the author has a bamf surname.
Here is a few reason’s as to why you should read this book (after you’ve read the first one of course, I mean what kind of Heathen would read the second book first?):
- It has a LGBT romance at the forefront of the plot
- Being gay, hella gay and only slightly gay is not at all shamed and is in fact encouraged – although I am not sure how I feel about the straight bashing so to speak, but y’know, everything has it’s flaws
- The world building is spectacular – minus the flaw mentioned above
- The character’s are complex and believable
- The character’s are believable (I know that it says it above but I wanted another reason, so ssh, also it’s true so why not repeat it?)
- The book has nothing unnecessary in it, such as padding, waffle or weird ass back story that isn’t 100% linked to the plot
- We get to see just how much of a Dick the Regent is. I mean, man, you thought [insert villain here] here was bad? Then you should meet the Regent. (I couldn’t think of a villain that wasn’t worse than eg. Umbridge – and she is pretty much the worst of the worst, ignoring Dumbledore and Snape – etc so I took the easy option out okay)
- If you like slightly smutty smut, but not too smutty smut then this is the book for you. Nothing is too graphic, just enough detail to let you know what was happening and nothing more.
- If you are an immature bean then as mentioned above the words nipple and buttock are in it so there’s that. Y’know, if you’re into that sort of thing. Which I definitely am so it’s a big win for me.
I could go on for hours listing reason’s for you to read this book but I think the best thing for us all would be for you to just read it, so if you want to borrow copy then you can hit me up all right. I will be here most days.
I think that I have to give this book 4.5/5 for the aforementioned weird taboo around straightness in Vere, but you know, I’m sure that that is to do with the also aforementioned spectacular world-building, which by itself is just 10/10. I hope that if you have read this book you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Live Long and Prosper,