To Love a King, Shona Husk
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
There’s a novella and a couple of full length books prior to this one. I’d not read them but each are stand alone, although connected. Though I’d have got a grasp on the settings and characters sooner if I’d read them, I still found the novel easy to follow, just every now and then backtracking to recall how each person fitted into the story.
Poor Prince Felan, he’s got a tough job, find a queen within the next two weeks, or his sister will reign Annwyn. She’s bad news, a selfish person who cares nothing for humans and cares only for her own position and entertainment. . His queen has to be mortal and willing to give up her soul for Annwyn, and that’s a lot to throw on anyone especially with the time restrictions even if she will gain almost immortality….His relationship with human Jaqui ended seven years ago after a tragedy. For Felan though it’s only months, time in Annwyn passes differently, and he wanted to return to Jaqui sooner but problems he needed to deal with made it impossible til now. He still loves her and wants her for his queen, but he’s a tough job to perusade her so quickly. I felt for him, as prince he has huge responsibilities, and problems in Annwyn also affect the human world when the poison spills over, bringing disasters and diseases….he was torn between love and duty and hoped he could make Jaqui understand, but for her it’s been so long, she’s unsure whether she wants to chance heartbreak again but can’t seem to stay away now he’s back.
I felt for Jaqui too – abandoned when she needed him, and then left for years is how it seems to her. Her parenst disliked him, so they’ve dripped poison in her ears over the years too. She knows he’s a fairy prince, and has tough duties but like anyone she wants to feel she is his priority. Can he get her to understand his actions?
Well, its a fun read, Fae always provide something interesting. Oddly enough I’d seen an ealier book involving his Changling son Caspian and wondered whether to buy it, but at the time decided not. I wish I had now….I’m still drawn to it and now knowing more of this world with its different peoples it appeals even more. Maybe once I’ve gone down my current review list i’ll buy it 🙂 If you want a touching romance, a second chance for lovers, and some Fae magic and strategy battles this is a fun read. I enjoyed it, makes a change for the fantasy norm characters.
Stars: Four, a solid read,. And maybe if I’d read the previous books I’d have gone 4.5 or a 5.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.