My rating: ★★★★★
In Despair (Princes of the Blood #3) by Megan Derr
Publisher: Less than Three Press
Main Characters: Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen, and Korin, heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three
It was mentioned in ‘Of Last Resort’ how, and I quote: “twenty-some years ago, nearly all the Legion had been slain, including all of the Princes of the Blood save one: Telmé, who had only been a boy at the time.” After reading that part, I wanted to read ‘In Despair’ right away. The Princes of the Blood were the Queen’s most powerful and most “notorious” among her Legion so naturally I wanted to know how the princes were killed. The third installment of the series mostly revolved around that incident and I found myself wanting to read more about the current Telmé (the Commander of the Princes of the Blood) and Korin (his husband, the High Priest). You see, the ‘current’ Korin was mostly in a ‘coma’ for the most part of the book up until the ending. I thought the book ended perfectly, but I’m hoping that the ‘current’ Telmé and Korin will have their own ‘short’ (story) too.
With that said, I thought the young versions of Telmé and Korin fighting most of the time was cute. But the part that I loved the most in this book was Telmé’s despair. How he found himself helpless and unable to do anything as he watched the love of his life sleep day after day. That, and his despair during the incident twenty-seven years ago when the princes he considered his brothers were slain. His pain for losing his loved ones and the pain he felt for being alone was so acute and so raw. It isn’t easy to deal with the loss of a loved one, nor is it easy to watch and feel helpless while a loved one is suffering.
And this is exactly why I love Megan. It’s not just her endless imagination and ability to build awesome worlds such as in the Princes of the Blood series, or the way she was able to incorporate romance and action scenes in her complicated stories, but also because her works have themes, too.
About the Book
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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