Sunday, July 6, 2014

ARC Review: In Despair by Megan Derr

In Despair (Princes of the Blood #3) Title: In Despair by Megan Derr
Series: Princes of the Blood #3
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Publication: July 9th 2014 by Less Than Three Press
Length: Novel 70,000 words

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher


Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry.

Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé's triumph is met with anger and rejection...

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Torin is engaged to Telme but they don't get along and always fight. Telme is meant to be a Prince of the Blood and Torin, the High Priest. When a neighboring country's princess comes to visit and catches Telme's fancy, the majority of the League dies of poison. Torin and Telme need to work together to rebuild the League, catch the culprit, and figure out their relationship.
This is the long awaited continuation of Of Last Resort. It's best to read this after the first book in order to understand the characters and events leading to In Despair. This story starts right where the first book ended and then flashbacks to when Telme and Torin met as teenagers. 

Telme and Torin used to hate each other but their feelings grew into love. The MCs are too young for others to acknowledge them but still try to do the right thing and protect each other and the League. This is a wonderful romance and the change from hate/rivalry to love is believable. I would say this is definitely more focused on romance than the previous two books. Even when Telme journeys away from Torin and fights through various challenges, he's always focused on his goals (of getting back to Korin and protecting his people) and is loyal to the League. The characters are very endearing and easy to relate to. 

The story can be frustrating when the readers know the culprit but the characters don't. I would also like to know a little more about the Incubi than what is written so far. How powerful are they and how their magic works. What about Telme needing new pure human blood from the neighboring country? The resolution would be more complete if the villains are firmly and officially dealt with. 

I enjoy reading this book immensely because even though the MCs get separated, they still have a connection and the story overall is focused on the development of their relationship while simultaneously saving their country. This is another exciting page-turner from Megan Derr and a must-read for those who enjoyed the first book and for fantasy fans. 

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