The Writer’s Will Reviews: King’s Lament by Lilia Blanc

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Betrayed by his advisors, only the love of two mysterious men can rescue Inea and save his kingdom.

After the death of his father, Inea finds himself the unprepared king of a country at war. When his council forsakes him, and he’s thrown into the dungeons of his own castle, Inea manages to escape only with the help of the intriguing stranger Ansyn.

After one year in hiding, Inea, driven by desire, seeks out Ansyn and discovers that there is more to his savior than he could have ever hoped for. Joined by their new ally Kaedon, passion builds, and they find themselves in a romance that helps fuel their plan to reclaim the throne.

Genre: Fantasy, LGBT (m/m)
Rating: 4.5/5

 

Whether you come for that fantastical setting, or the unbridled romance, King’s Lament is a book sure to keep you flipping the pages to find out what happens next.

I’m a big fan of fantasy, so Lilia Blanc’s newest creation was right up my alley, taking readers away to a war torn country, where the young king, Inea, is being sold to the queen of a rival kingdom by his own people, in hopes of bringing an end to the war. Although Inea believes that he should be able to do this for his people, he’s understandably overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility that has been thrust upon him, as he’s been forced to take the throne after his father’s death. After a shock stricken Inea is thrown into the dungeons, a strange man appears, walking through the dark dwelling without any care for the guards. As fate would have it, this man, later named Ansyn, has not only come to release Inea from his captivity, but to shake some sense into him, reminding Inea that his father would never have raised his son to relent so easily to defeat.

This book was one crazy rollercoaster, and a long one at that, but what Blanc has created is undoubtedly an epic that explores not only what it means to be a good leader, what it means to be a man of strength. Furthermore, this book isn’t a fairytale you’d read to your kids at night; the story is full of steamy romance between the male leads Inea and Ansyn, creating a perfect balance between the action and the…*ahem*…action. The relationship between these two is perhaps the most entertaining thing to see unfold throughout the book, as what first was just two opposites trying to work together, seemed to morph into two sides of the same coin, each man really more capable of understanding the other than they first realized. We also get to witness possibly the most heartbreaking love triangle ever between Inea, Ansyn, and Kaedon, a love interest for both Inea and Ansyn. I found myself bouncing between joy, despair, pleasure, amusement and disbelief with each passing chapter.

By far, King’s Lament is the most emotionally exploitative book I’ve read in a while, and I mean that it the best way possible. Readers will find themselves emphasizing with the characters as if it were their past life. If you’re looking for a book to blow you away, absolutely pick this one up!

You can buy King’s Lament starting today, December 15, 2016, on Amazon for the debut price $0.99! You can keep up with Lilia Blanc by following her on Goodreads or Twitter. Special thanks to the folks at Inkitt for providing an advanced copy!

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