Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
All Solae wants is to be accepted and loved by the family that has always rejected him. But given it was his late mother who cursed the kingdom to eternal winter, the chances of that happening are minimal. If he can find a way to break the curse, however, surely that would be enough to change their minds regarding him.
But Solae is forbidden to practice magic because of his mother, which limits his ability to pursue solutions. Desperate for advice and new ideas, he contacts a famous curse breaker—and has no idea what to do when the unexpectedly shows up, handsome and friendly and dangerously intriguing.
Megan Derr give us another M/M fairy tale in The Prince of the Moon. Here its a frozen prince in a cursed kingdom. The one that turned the kingdom into ice? His mother burned for witchcraft and for being a false second Queen. Solae is the cursed son of the witch, he’s the son the golden King wants to forget as he has his golden sons from his beloved first Queen.
The setting is ripe for love. The lonely, gorgeous prince in his tower and the mysterious stranger who comes to town to break the evil curse.
Of course, nothing is ever quite so simple in a Megan Derr story. There’s the curse itself and its interpretation. Derr has a lovely twist in store for her readers here. I wanted more on Solae’s mother’s history, of course. She’s an intriguing character even by the hole she makes in the story and Solae’s life. I wanted to know more about such a powerful figure. There the interaction between Solae and Millio which feels so natural despite being rushed. There’s a deadline, and you can feel the pressure each is under to break the curse. Is it love or the knowledge that it will lead to something deeper if given the chance…either way, I believed in them together.
The ending left me a little frustrated. I don’t feel that those who did ill to our heroes had anything happen to them. Instead, they were rewarded in a way. I can’t go into specifics here because of spoilers but I feel that certain characters should have had repercussions for their actions past and present. That didn’t occur. That lead to the rating above.
But did I love this couple and most of the story? Absolutely. The world building and fantasy surrounding them was marvelous. Solae was a prince I’m so happy I got to meet.
Cover art by Aisha Akeju is beautiful and perfect for the story.
Publisher Note: This story was previously released in Fairytales Slashed Volume 4
Expected publication: January 25th 2017 by Less Than Three Press