The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr Review

Monday, May 16th 2016

As always I will like to begin this review by saying thank you to Netgallery and Less Than Three Press for giving me the opportunity to read this unique adventure!

The High King’s Golden Tongue is a fantasy M&M romance that is heavily surrounded by military conflicts between nations while surrounding the political agenda of historical depiction of a fantasy realms high court system. The High King’s Golden Tongue is an adventurous tale that surrounds the two main characters Prince Allen, a young man who is  trained to be the High King’s Consort. Did I mention that Prince Allen is a speaks 14 different languages? I’m seriously shock that even a fictional character would need to know that many languages. I feel like a punk since I can’t get passed level four on my Rosetta Stone program, yet Prince Allen is well acquired in the ways of speaking yet not at war.  This is what truly upsets his fiancé High King Sarrica, is trying desperately to stir his entire empire away from the clutches of war, he has no time for such a young inexperienced new husband.
This is my first time being introduce to Megan Derr’s unique writing style. I became curious about this series after seeing the B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L cover design by John Coulthard a well known British Illustrator, best known for today as the marvelous illustrator of the Barnes & Noble H. P. Lovecraft Cthulhu  special edition book. It’s simply easy to say that you can easily fall in love with the cover of this novel but Megan Derr’s ability to creation of world building will make simply fall in love with her writing style.

John Coulthart Illustration

The High King’s Golden Tongue is my first novel I’ve ever read from Megan Derr. This novel is a fantasy, LGBTQIA:Male on Male romance novel that was given to my upon request from Less Than Three Press after requesting the sequel of the series The Pirate of Fathoms Deep which will be available July 31st 2016. I’m truly thankful to Netgallery & Less Than Three Press for allowing me the opportunity to read Megan Derr’s novel. This is my first time reading any of Megan Derr’s novel. I’m not even gonna lie I’m more excited about the sequel cause who doesn’t love a pirate romances right!

Imagine a world where men can openly fall in love with another man without feeling resistances from society for both men expressing their love. A world where a man openly, lovingly passionately kiss another man without ever having to hide their desire for loving another person despite if they are the same gender. The idea of a loving couple freely loving each other without having members of society, public officials, or politically officials using the loving relationship being used as a rout of misleading propaganda. Now imagine that your royalty, which you are and your at the brink of war. Imagine the possibility of a loving homosexual couple having loving children without anyone creating any type of political double agenda controversy. That we can truly love again, even after we lost those who we love the most. If you’re like me you already know that this world is truly something to imagine but more important it’s a world that Megan Derr has created.

All of Derr’s character have an amazing character relationship between each other, that truly allows readers to feel passionately about these characters that we have only meet within the novels 410 pages. The developing romantic feelings of the love interest Allen & Sarrica is extremely slow at the beginning of the novel, though I guarantee their romantic relationship truly develops into a classic romances story worth the read. However, I did feel that the way the High King character change after the physical condition of his betroved is a plot twist that has been done in so many YA novels that it’s a litter tired some to see it in an adult fantasy  romance novel.

I gave this novel 3 stars

A star for  the creative world building. I should have known when there was a map featured in the beginning of this novel that Megan Derr was not playing an games. She wanted you to know the landscape of her fictional land since she herself was sending us out to an emotional war.

Another star for the lustrous way Megan Derr is able to create such emotional scenes

The last star is for the witty dialogue/banter between the High King and his betrothed body guards.
I truly wanted to fall madly in love with this novel but I could not since there were portions of the novel that really lost me. There were parts of the novel that I felt did not fit within the other portions of the novel it’s self. I really did want to love this novel with all my heart but the inconstancy truly took away my character immersion. The way the romance began after Sarrica saw the scars on Allen back reminded me of to many YA novels I’ve already read. What truly took my heart away is the snarky banter that Megan Derr characters say to one another :

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Just to recap this is my first time reading a novel by Megan Derr, I am not familiar with her writing style however I am seriously going to invest in reading more of her wonderful romantic novels. I felt that there was a little bit of an inconstancy within the novel but that won’t stop me from purchasing this novel at Amazon, nor would it stop me from reading about the sequel The Pirate of Fathoms Deep,  that is available  July 13, 2016. I really do like Megan Derr’s wonderful world building, great character relationship amongst the characters, and great character development through events. I just feel this particular book isn’t my favorite M & M Romance but, I’m more than excited to read more of Megan Derr’s books to find my favorite through her body of work. Hope you like my review, tell me what you think.
Happy Reading,

About Megan Derr

Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.

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