King’s Lament by Lilia Blanc #mm #review


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Betrayed by his advisors, only the love of two mysterious men can rescue Inea and save his kingdom.

After the death of his father, Inea finds himself the unprepared king of a country at war. When his council forsakes him, and he’s thrown into the dungeons of his own castle, Inea manages to escape only with the help of the intriguing stranger Ansyn.

After one year in hiding, Inea, driven by desire, seeks out Ansyn and discovers that there is more to his savior than he could have ever hoped for. Joined by their new ally Kaedon, passion builds, and they find themselves in a romance that helps fuel their plan to reclaim the throne. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14rachelle-tag

This was okay and really not a book for me. I love fantasy settings and I adore poly romances but this was filled with so much angst and over-the-top drama it could’ve been a soap opera. There was a lot of dialogue but the majority of what the characters talked about were their feelings or someone else’s. There was a great deal of repetition that made the characters seem whiny, and complaining, and crying. There was a constant rehashing of thoughts and conversations about turning cold-hearted, being alone, abandoned, about failings, and emotional expectations. Everyone was emotional all the time. I needed more plot, more action, more background on the fantasy world. I liked the side characters but there was no depth to them. There was a lot of conversation and no real romance, just instalove. I couldn’t figure out why they fell in love with each other. For a quarter of the book, Ansyn was hostile and rude to Prince Inea. Ansyn had sex with Kaedon and suddenly it was, “If you hurt him I’ll kill you.” For half the book, I made faces when he opened his mouth to speak. Kaedon was strange for a dreaded and deadly Queen’s Assassin, soft and very mushy. Prince Inea… some of emo routine could be explained by his age, but it didn’t mean I enjoyed reading his POV. Seriously, these three together weren’t believable.

 

The story could have used some editing help because some scenes went on much too long, causing the story to slow down. The action scenes were muddled and hard to follow who was doing what and where they were. There was talk about horses when they only had one. There was inconsistency to scenes when it came to character placement. For example: Inea was walking ahead with Caday behind him followed by Ansyn further back. Inea was talking over his shoulder to Caday, in the next sentence Caday was next to Inea, and then the next sentence Ansyn was suddenly ahead of them. No transition whatsoever.

 

I really wanted to like this story. I’ve been looking for a good poly romance to sink into but this just wasn’t for me. There are readers who will love all the angst and drama. I had a hard time finding the story through it.

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