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The Pirate of Fathoms Deep (Tales of the High Court #2) by Megan Derr

The Pirate of Fathoms DeepThe Pirate of Fathoms Deep (Tales of the High Court #2)

Released July 13, 2016

Published by Less Than Three Press

Pages/word count: 206 pages; 54,000 words

Blurb:

High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who’d gotten what he wanted.

Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he’s respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they’ve kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn’t forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.

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Our thoughts:

I like bold, brash, confident characters and Lesto fits the mold perfectly. From the first few paragraphs, I enjoyed being pulled back into this fantastical world Megan Derr featured in The High King’s Golden Tongue. It’s in that novel that we first meet Lesto and his boisterous and stern personality traits.

In The Pirate of Fathoms Deep, Lesto is unwittingly taken captive by some incompetent fools who mistake him for the noble, Lord Bestowen. It’s the eye patch. I guess if one shares that physical attribute with the intended target, they’re scooped up regardless. Lesto is no ordinary prisoner. He’s the High Commander to the King, Sarrica. The King’s former brother-in-law and best friend. Commander of Fathoms Deep. I could go on with his impressive list of credentials, but it only serves to show how fierce a fighter and soldier Lesto has been. He rants and raves and gives his men grief, but he’s a true leader. Confident, smart and arrogantly brave and skilled.

When he is laid upon Shemal’s door, drugged, by the two kidnappers, Shemal’s heart skips a beat for he knows exactly who the kidnapped man is. He isn’t some noble, but the man Shemal had been intimate with just once and has haunted Shemal’s dreams since– Lesto.

What results is a mad dash to get Lesto home and figure out what is causing a country, that’s been relatively quiet for the High King, to strike out against the throne in a ship attack and kidnapping.

Of course we get the misunderstanding that come with a one-off that ends before either party has a chance to confess feelings or intentions. Misunderstandings due to class disparity and language barriers result in flustered men that made me laugh and my heart sing with joy. Shemal isn’t some faint of heart gentleman easily swoon by Lesto and his wealth. Shemal is a pirate from the Farlands and he’s had a rough life.  He’s fought many battles and endured many hardships. He’s fiercely proud, but not too proud to know his place in the order of things in this world. He knows he’s a pirate and not worthy of any titles.  That, Lesto plans to break him of.

Together they’re a good fighting team but they just don’t have enough time between all the haste to get Lesto back home and the impending upheaval with Treya Mancee to work through all the particulars of what they want and expect from each other. Again, emotions get in the way and have the potential to drive Shemal away from Lesto for good.

This world is utterly fabulous!! Extremely detailed and exciting. A world of kingdoms, nobles, armies and fighting. A long ago time that is also a bit fantastical with its mpreg. By far one of my favorite of this genre. I thought The King’s Golden Tongue was impressive, but the books in the series just continue to excite and exceed expectation. This pursuit was far different from that of Sarrica and Allen and will surely be different from the next with Jader and Kamir in The Heart of the Lost Star.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

 

The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr

thehighkingsgoldentongue400The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr

Released 4 November 2015

Published by Less Than Three Press

Word count/pages: 107, 000 words

Cover artist: John Coulthart

Sale link: LT3 Press

Blurb:

Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court.

High King Sarrica is ruling an empire at war, and that war will grow exponentially worse if his carefully laid plans do not come to fruition. He’s overwhelmed and needs help, as much as he hates to admit it, but it must be someone like his late consort: a soldier, someone who understands war, who is not unfamiliar with or afraid of the harsher elements of rule. What he doesn’t need is the delicate, pretty little politician foisted on him right as everything goes wrong.

Publisher note: this is a highly expanded, completely re-written version of the free short that was previously available under the same title.

Our Thoughts:

Where to even begin! I wasn’t sure what to expect upon setting out with this novel. It sounded extremely interesting and I was anxious to start but nothing prepared me for how consumed I was once I started reading! I literally devoured this novel is about a day.

The High King’s Golden Tongue began as a short story and then was later re-written and expanded by author Megan Derr. I can see why her fans demanded more. I couldn’t imagine a shorter version of this fantastic fantasy realm and its lively people.

I enjoyed the world that Derr built. So much detail and workings between lands and nobles was extensive but never overwhelming. The rapport and cajoling between Sarrica and his brother-in-laws Lesto and Rene entertaining and endearing. Sarrica was just gruff enough to warrant being a bit arrogant but he was also humble and understanding of his stubbornness and faults.

Whimsical yet proper Allen just about steals the show! He’s a character you just love from the start and nothing he does changes that view along the way. He’s fair, caring and carries his own burdens with a  distinguished poise. He wants nothing more than to be the best consort to the High King and even when rejected he doesn’t give up. His persistence is a quality that gets him through many tough spots.

The story never dulls. In the palace of the High King, there’s always something going on: treason, kidnappings, marriages to arrange, politics, and wars to fight. At every turn there was something or someone demanding the King’s attention or discretion. The man was seriously stressed. Allen’s talents were of great need but the stubborn Sarrica would have to let go of the tight hold of control just a bit to see the true gem present before him. The action and adventures were truly page turning in this novel.

As a reader I was not only enamored by Allen and his talents, but Sarrica, Rene, Tara, Lesto, Jac and other very personable characters that colored the pages. Sometimes I laughing, cried or just smiled widely but I definitely felt joy at the end and a bit of sorrow that the story was over. Never fear! It looks like Lesto will have his chance to dazzle us again in 2016 in The Pirate of Fathom’s Deep!

RATING: STILETTOS!!