The Prince of Galerir

Anna Lee
The Prince of Galerir
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Publisher
MLR Press
Release Date
October 2012
ISBN
9781608207671
Series
Book 1 of The Galerir Saga
Genre
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Dragons, a usurper, a sickly king, and a hidden prince with his beloved knight all have plans for the fate of the kingdom of Galerir...

Long ago, magik was banished from the kingdom of Galerir. Yet when two young men who share a forbidden passion discover a dragon hatchling, they unwittingly set a course of events in motion that will change the kingdom and their lives forever.

All Lord Tomas Roland wants is a life where he is free to love his knight, Griffin Dalison. Yet the chains of responsibility wind tighter around Tomas when it is revealed that he is the heir to the kingdom of Galerir. Tomas and Griffin must reach Galerir's ailing king before a usurper has the chance to seize the throne. With Griffin as his touchstone, Tomas delves into the unfamiliar worlds of politics and magik. But will Tomas be able to keep his love by his side once he becomes the prince of Galerir?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Feb 27, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
136 people found the following review helpful
As the title promises, this is a fantasy that hides more than just kingdoms and heirs. There are dragons and magic, but above all else, there is romance.

Thomas and Griffin are a Lord and his knight, who have been best friends since a young age. They shared everything with each other, except the forbidden feelings they harbor in secret. It's clear that duty must come before everything for Thomas, and it includes his marriage to his betrothed. But the Lord's feelings for his best friend aren't something he can just turn off and when a bit of magik, which is forbidden in the kingdom, comes into their lives in the form of a hatchling dragon, their future suddenly doesn't seem so bleak and secrets as well as opportunities arise.

This is only a first book in the saga, but while some aspects were left up in the air, the story does have a happy and satisfying ending. All the time as I read it, I felt as if I've read this story before. It reminded me of several other stories/movies combined into a somewhat different interpretation. As the story line goes, I did enjoy it, because while not exactly fast paced, it didn't drag and there were enough of things going on that I was curious to see how everything would play out. On that notion, I found the author's solution to be somewhat surprising in a good way and I did end this with a happy feeling.

The use of certain ‘modern' terms was a bit jarring while I read, but my biggest dislike was of a completely personal taste. The sweetness of the romance, interactions and promises was too much for me and the fast development of the undying love, while understandable, was too quick and it ruined the expectations as well as the anticipation.

This story was much better than the previous one I've read by this author. I'm not sure if it's a matter of the story length or the genre but for fantasy lovers, THE PRINCE OF GALERIR is a book to keep in mind.
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