Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Kamir is on the verge of losing everything. Knowing full well he can’t meet the ultimatum his parents have issued, he instead finally puts in motion his plans to live completely independent of them. His plans are interrupted, however, by the unexpected return of his despised ex-husband—and thrown even further into upheaval when he ends up comforting the man he’s secretly loved for years.
Jader may not know where he comes from, but he knows where he belongs and what he wants—until he helps rescue some stranded Bentan travelers, one of whom look almost exactly like Jader, throwing his life and everything he thought he knew into tumult. Scared and overwhelmed, Jader flees—and lands unexpectedly in the arms of a man he’s always seen, but never really noticed.
Megan Derr is one of my favorite fantasy authors. Her Lost Gods series remain at the top of my list of books and series to recommend. Derr continues to demonstrate why I love her so with series and books like Tales of the High Court and The Heart of the Lost Star, the third story in the series.
Derr has built such an incredible universe through three stories now, threading through more mythology, cultural facts and world geography in each one, enriching each stories foundation, and enlarging our knowledge of the world these characters live in. Even of the characters themselves. Here gender isn’t assigned by physiology but chosen by the child when they feel comfortable enough to choose. And no parent has the right to force the child to live otherwise. So Kamir, a male, can bear children, with his own twins of age to choose their own gender and it’s a lovely easy fact of life.
What’s not so easy is how they were born, and Kamir’s ex-husband’s treatment of Kamir and the children. That is an element here that’s unfortunately too familiar even within a fantasy setting. But Derr has created in Kamir a truly remarkable character, vulnerable, yet strong in his perseverance, graceful and kind. Trust me, you’ll fall under Kamir’s spell just as Jader does. Kamir has a complicated life, one he’s trying to uncomplicate himself, although love has a way of throwing in one more unexpected entanglement. The same goes for Jader, an adopted Islander who’s now risen to a top position within the Kingdom. Last thing he expects is his attraction to Kamir and his children, then events happen that throws Jader into turmoil…and more complications ensue for all.
At times this will seem like separate stories, one for Jader who is undergoing his own journey, one for Kamir who is fighting his own battles, and then one for them as a couple. All three stories are emotionally tumultuous, fraught with danger and suspense for each individual and the couple, and yet so full of love, especially towards the end, when it all pays off. It’s full of adventure, high court politics (never a good thing), and passion. In other words, a stunning great tale!
And yes we see something of the couples from the other stories as well, a trend I hope will continue because I want to see more of Kamir and Jader too.
If you can’t tell by now this is a book and series I highly recommend. The writing is fluid and dynamic! The characters memorable and the situations charged full of action and emotion. I can’t wait for the next book to appear. Neither will you once you get started! Enjoy!
Cover art by JohnCoulthart.com Love the covers. It brands the series and works for the story.
Pre sales link: Less Than Three Press | Amazon to come
Expected publication: August 23rd 2017 by Less Than Three
ISBN 1684310601 (ISBN13: 9781684310609)
Edition Language English
Series: Tales of the High Court (add to Goodreads)