Author: Jenn Burke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.
This story was a breath of fresh air as it didn’t follow the idea of one of the characters being in the closet. In fact, from the beginning everyone is out in the open and the society in which they function is fully accepting of this. I’m glad to see a story set in Canada (being a Canuck and all). Most of it took place around Montreal in Quebec. The conflict arose because both main characters were on opposite sides of the political system.
I loved the aspect that gryphons run the mythical creatures government. I’ve always viewed them as wise and solid in their actions and thoughts. I did laugh when there was an interaction with a dragon lord who had a peculiar ritual they had to partake in. I could see the tension from the beginning as we met our two soon to be lovers. Eirian is a modernist, looking to bring gryphons into the current world and Luca who is a traditionalist. The mix worked well and the characters had to overcome their differences in order to let their natural chemistry work.
The story progressed at a great pace and the tension was evident throughout. No spoilers, but there’s a twist at the end that brings the climax to fruit. I had an inkling about somethings, but there was one element that I had no idea would be there.
I recommend this story as one that you can quickly sink your teeth into.