Sunday, October 20, 2013
Review and Blog Tour: The Chosen by Annette Gisby
Title: The Chosen by Annette Gisby
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Published June 16th 2013
Length: 200 pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Author
The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.
Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.
With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?
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Severin, the only prince of Arcathia, is bound by duty to marry a princess of Oscia to end their nation's old feud. He buys Hayvn from the slave market and then frees him to become Ildar's apprentice. He is attracted to Hayvn but resists his desires because of Ildar's beliefs that wizards can't have sex since it may lessen their magical power. Once he confirms their mutual attraction, Severin and Hayvn become unbearably horny and then find all kinds of ways to have sex.
I find Severin to be really immature. I can understand his rashness and recklessness in grief but not in other circumstances. He really puts his personal life before duty and the country's well-being. As the prince and heir to the throne, he should be more responsible and smarter in his decisions.
I don't believe in their love relationship either. Severin seems to only see the sex. Hayvn seems to like Severin because he's his savior. They are not quite on an equal footing. Between Severin and Hayvn, I like Hayvn better. His fears and background as an ex-slave brought another level to his character.
The best part of the book is the world-building and the Aldari, a magical race of people that disappeared from the world. The mystery behind the race and their magical powers is really interesting. All the major characters are related to the Aldari or are connected. Unfortunately, there are a lot of mixed signals regarding the Aldari and I feel like I missed the whole point or significance of the Aldari in the story. The Aldari princess was cold and transcendental while the Aldari priests were very welcoming. This part of the world-building is not really complete and leaves the reader guessing.
The ending of the story was rushed and glossed over. The solution to every issue is to have the problematic people die. All the people related to any obstacles or ethical issues just died. The relationship between the princess and her husband is unclear and left as a cliffhanger.
Overall, it's a great read that takes me to a magical land. I love the adventure the characters underwent, the sea journey, magical guides, and finding the damsel in distress (the Aldari princess). This part of the story reads like a fairy tale. If you love adventure and magical worlds, give this book a try.
About the Author: Annette Gisby
Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she'd devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.
When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She's a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.
She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It's diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.
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