Lord Demir has spent his life trying to appease a brutal, selfish king, and keep the concubines under his care alive—and now he is on the verge of losing everything. The council wants to abolish the harems, there are no heirs to the throne, and the foreigners control the Steward. One wrong move will tip tensions into civil war.
Crown Prince Ihsan returns to find his home in turmoil, and the royal court so full of vipers it’s impossible to say which of them will strike first. Removing his father from the throne, one way or another, should be a simple matter. Staying alive and proving himself a worthy king will be far more difficult.
Crown Princess Euren has spent the last five years in hiding so that she could not be used against her father or Ihsan. But she is the daughter of a soldier, never meant to wear a crown, never trained to fight battles where words are the weapon of choice. If she hopes to keep herself and her loved ones alive, she’ll have to learn fast.
This is book three in the series, and I’ve not read the first two. I’m not sure I was missing anything by not reading the first two (although I read you don’t have to) or just in general the story was missing too much back story for me to completely understand what was going on? Or maybe it’s because we had way too much going on at one time.
While reading this story you’ll find you’ve got a several stories going on a once, which I find confusing. And just takes too much consecration for me to actual enjoy a book. The main one that starts the book is Demir the Harem Master, he’s trying to protect he’s women from being killed. Then we have a political/court drama of Princes showing back up after years being away story, then last we have the lost princesses (wife) shows up with a less then welcoming homecoming.
The descriptions of the tattoo’s cloths, etc was beautifully done and the writing itself was well crafted. You can feel the anguish that Demir feels for these women and what they are going through. But overall this wasn’t my cup of tea. Just too much going on, couldn’t hold my interest and I found myself wondering in thoughts and wanting to skim read pages.