Reviewed: May 12th, 2022
Released: October 29th, 2021
Genre: MM Fantasy
Everything Caelan knows about his world is a lie.
A war is brewing. As the crown prince of Erya, it’s only natural that Caelan is sent on a secret diplomatic mission to support one of the kingdom’s allies. With his advisor, his bodyguard, and his best friend as traveling companions, what could go wrong?
Everything goes wrong.
Now they are on the run, dodging assassins, setting secret meetings, and even making deals with a sleeping god.
So, this is probably a really bad time to cave to feelings he’s been fighting for his best friend. But Drayce has owned his heart for more years than he can count and if he’s going to die, shouldn’t he have just one kiss?
The fate of the world is on the line, and only Caelan holds the power to save them all.
Helen’s thoughts: 5/5
What a great beginning to the series. From the start there is plenty of intrigue and mystery, and it just keeps going. Action packed, fast paced and with some amazing characters, where to begin?
Prince Caelan is sent of a diplomatic mission on behalf of his mother, the queen, but before he even arrives, all hell breaks loose as the empire attacks his home and he becomes an exiled king without a kingdom. Finding himself on the run, and crossing dangerous territory, he is fortunate to have his closest friends with him.
Drake has created some wonderful characters, all of which I am sure will have an important part to play, especially as the chapters rotate between the four characters POV. There is some romance and steamy scenes, but the romance is secondary to the political intrigue and the will of the gods.
Great world building, a mixture of low and high fantasy in that the world is high tech, with cell phones and cars, and yet not of our world. The Godstones and the gods add an element of mystical magic and power and sound intriguing.
So excited all six books are published, because I am off for a book series binge read! And don’t you just love the covers?
About the author:
New York Times Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake loves a good story, whether she is reading it or writing one of her own. Over the years, her stories have allowed her to explore space, talk to dragons, dodge bullets with assassins, hang with vampires, and fall in love again and again.
This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near the Rockies.
When she is not hammering away at her keyboard or curled up with a book, she can be found walking her dog Ace, or playing video games. She loves Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, and fast cars.
She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She has recently completed a gay romantic suspense series called The Exit Strategy about two assassins falling in love and trying to create a life together, as well as a MM paranormal romance series featuring a family of vampires.
She has co-authored with Rinda Elliot the following series: Unbreakable Bonds, Ward Security, Pineapple Grove, and the Weavers Circle. She has also co-authored with AJ Sherwood the Scales ‘N Spells dragon series. She can be found at JocelynnDrake.com.
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