Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake.
Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them – Jehan.
Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own.
The Blacksmith Prince is a lovely fairytale that takes the reader on an adventure from the very beginning. One of the authors’ strong suits is their capability to create magnificent worlds, filled with peculiar characters, and this story is not the exception. The 17th century Perigord they described only enhances the story, grounding the characters, and allowing them to grow as they explore it.
Giraud’s and Jehan’s love is simple and chaste, but strong enough to have them taking risks for each other. Their friendship is the base of their relationship and the importance of family is strong in both cases. They were willing to do everything for each other and for those they love.
Jehan is my favorite in the couple. The way he interacts with the mythical creatures is funny and keeps the reader wanting to know more. His powers were perfect for the story and only added to it. Giraud didn’t stay behind. His talent complemented Jehan’s and made their adventure work.
The only reason it’s not a perfect five for me is that some parts were a bit slow and I wanted more information in some plot’s aspects. Other than that, this story is a perfect combination of magic, love, and an engaging plot. Definitely, worth reading.
The cover by Lady Tiferet follows the authors’ style and shows Giraud in one of the story scenes. It goes with the descriptions and the fantasy genre, but it has a comedic feel that takes a bit away from it.
ebook, 290 pages
Published: July 14, 2017, by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus
Edition Language: English