Book Reviews

Three Brothers Fair (Box Set) by Emily Carrington at Changeling Press

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Intersex / Fantasy / Mythological Creatures / Royalty/Nobility / Shifters / Interspecies / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-December-2021

Book Blurb

According to prophecy, three brothers must find their mates. But prophecies are often both right and misunderstood.

 

Prince of Seas (Three Brothers Fair 1): What’s the worst thing about being a water demon? You can’t tell your husbands apart. Of course, it doesn’t help when your newest mate-to-be disguises himself as his brother to win your hand.

 

Prince of Land and Fire (Three Brothers Fair 2): Against his will, Lord Tian has fallen for a magical land creature -- a gnome. Prophecy says he must wed a land creature and become a destroyer and spy. When Tian and Alastair play at BDSM and love they set in motion the destruction of the status quo.

 

The Zephyr Prince (Three Brothers Fair 3): Andy is the eldest son of the ruling kelpie family. His two brothers have found their lovers, in accordance with an often-misunderstood prophecy. Now it’s Andy’s turn…

 

 

First edition of 'Prince of Seas' published by Changeling Press, June 2018.

First edition of 'Prince of Land and Fire' published by Changeling Press, June 2018.

First edition of 'The Zephyr Prince' published by Changeling Press, June 2018.

 

Book Review

Prince of Seas

Prophesies can be helpful or extremely annoying – depending on your point of view. And this first volume in what looks like a promising series shows that there can be definite disadvantages if the prophesy says you are supposed to marry one guy, yet you fall in love with another. The setting is the realm of water beings from kelpies to merfolk and water demons and their royal families do not believe that love is a factor when trying to make alliances in an attempt to save the water demons from extinction. However, the men in question do not agree and this is the story of how they deal with Fate and what they really want.

Felimid is the only child of the king and queen of water demons, and he has so far failed to procreate despite trying with three wives. He may be immortal, but the need for an heir can’t be put aside forever, so the latest ploy is to marry him off to a kelpie, since kelpies are flourishing. He is ready to sacrifice his happiness to get what his species needs, but once he is married, that changes.

Hans is the youngest of the three kelpie princes, not taken seriously by his parents or his brothers, and while he is shy, he knows what he wants. As soon as he meets Felimid he falls in love, and he is sneaky enough to pose as the brother who was supposed to marry the water demon prince. Hans is not ready to deal with the fallout, in fact he never even thought things through to the point where his deception would become obvious. What a mess!

If you like romances that read like a fairy tale and include all kinds of interesting sentient water creatures, if you think that true love should override prophesies and royal decrees alike, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that is full of surprises and very hot, then you will probably like this imaginative novella.

 

Prince of Land and Fire

As was shown in the first volume of this series featuring all types of mythological creatures, prophesies can be more of a confusing hindrance than enlightening and helpful. Especially when you have power-hungry monarchs trying to interpret them in a way to suit their objectives. In this second installment the focus is on the middle son of the lord and lady of all kelpies, Christian. He does not want to fulfill the prophesy, not even the corrected version, but once he meets Alastair, a gnome and landbound creature, his heart leaves him little choice.

Christian has had quite a few partners, likes to play a little rough, and wants nothing to do with his mother’s plans for world domination. He is intrigued by a visiting gnome yet resists his feelings because he is meant to marry a creature bound to land. Giving in would mean doing what his mother wants. But then Christian finds out one of Alastair’s secrets and everything changes.

Alastair is a gnome with secrets. His parents are supernatural royals in Greece, and they have political ambitions that mean Alastair has been sent to spy on Christian’s mother. Alastair does not like doing it, is not very good at it, and would much rather spend time with Christian. It takes his parents challenging him to prove his love for Christian to make Alastair realize what is really important.

If you like mythological creatures tied up in political machinations, if you think that true love should override prophesies, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that contains a detailed backstory, some hot loving, and an appropriate fairy-tale ending, then you might like this imaginative novella.

 

The Zephyr Prince

While the prophesy about which kelpie lord will be marrying which elemental prince has pretty much played out, there are still many questions about the many mythological creatures and their politics. This third book in the series answers quite a few of them, lots of back story is added, and a much clearer picture about what might come next surfaces. It was interesting to see familiar characters in a new light as the truth emerges, but the focus is on Andy, the oldest kelpie son, and Nubes, a mysterious zephyr prince who is both male and female.

Andy has been the most responsible son of the ruling kelpie family. He has always known his duty will be to marry the person he is assigned by his mother, but after seeing both his younger brothers find love by the time they exchanged vows, he was hoping the same will be true for him. What he finds is a much larger challenge, and not just because he is gay and has trouble dealing with the female side of Nubes – the one that is essential to their races’ procreation.

Nubes is in a similar position. He is ready to get married to the kelpie lord to ensure peace among the warring races, but he cannot see how he can love someone who can’t fly. Soaring through the air is a huge part of his life, and mating takes place in the air. Nubes is standoffish, lets nobody close, not even the consort he has had for twenty years, and even though he spends most of his time as a male, he needs his husband to accept both Nubes’s male and female form.

If you want to know where the kelpie lady’s political machinations lead, if you think that true love will find a way no matter what preconceptions and obstacles it encounters, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that answers many of the questions from previous volumes, then you might like this drama-filled novella.

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. The original novellas were provided by Changeling Press for the purpose of a review.

 

Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella/ 3 novellas, 261 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-December-2021
Price $5.99 ebook, $16.95 paperback
Buy Link https://www.changelingpress.com/three-brothers-fair-three-brothers-fair-4-b-3286