Book Reviews

Warrior (The Prince's Soulmate 5) by Katy Haye at Plumshine Books

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Assassins/Mercenaries / Royalty/Nobility / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 26-February-2024

Book Blurb

Betrayal lurks in unexpected places

Prophecy predicted Prince Talal would meet his soulmate and usher in a golden age – but there are hardships to endure before that comes to pass.

Kit and Talal are prepared to battle their enemies. What they aren’t expecting is for danger to lurk in the heart of Sudharain itself.

When treachery divides the soulmates, Kit and Talal must find their way back to each other. And then they must secure peace strong enough to hold across Sudharain ... and all the way to Lindumia on the other side of the sea.

 

Book Review

Welcome to ‘Warrior’, the final installment in a long, mythic saga. Each prior installment was relatively self-contained, without significant hanging issues – so the current reader will either dive in freshly, or be sufficiently familiar as to, perhaps, risk tedium. The conflicts between three neighboring countries have reached the point of war, and out heroes – Talal, the ruler of Sudharain and his lover, Kit – are well engaged in preparation. Their lives are sufficiently complicated, only to have problems exacerbated by the political betrayal of Talal’s sister, Naisha. Plots and ploys render the equivalent of a popular ‘Spaghetti Western’ of the mid-20th century – moderately silly but quite entertaining. Proof? How about a chapter entitled ‘Still Life with Feral Goats’?

 

The heroes are beyond merely human, having the capacity to repeatedly survive death – which episodes thus startle but also become too ordinary. They are also surrounded by interesting characters, from earlier installments, though bearing the handicap of difficult to remember ethnic names. Think of that as of exotic spices employed in an unfamiliar foreign restaurant.

 

And while the tale features two men sexually engaged, their physical intimacy always takes a junior place to the dramatic-political events of the narrative. Talal’s struggle to be a good ruler is the ultimate tension of the story. Further proof of platitudes in search of morality? Talal: “Revenge isn’t justice…” and “We should never rejoice in death, even if its necessary.”

 

For readers familiar with earlier installments, ‘Warrior’ provides a satisfactory conclusion, for those aware that our heroes bear immortality, we should be glad their fictive lives don’t continue unabated through endless difficulties and further books. Enough!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 315 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-February-2024
Price $4.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Princes-Soulmate-Book-5-ebook/dp/B0CP66TNYL