Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Gryphon King’s Consort
Author: Jenn Burke
Series: Dreamspun Beyond
Heroes: Luca & Eirian
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Love takes flight.
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.
This was just my kind of story! I absolutely adore fantasies and arranged marriages so when I saw this one coming out, I HAD to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed! I was drawn in right from the start and how different Luca and Eirian were. Luca is more traditional and Eirian is more modern so it was intriguing to see their differing opinions and behaviors. From the beginning, Eirian goes in with his mind wide-open while Luca takes more of a closed approach to having Eirian as his mate. It was weird that Eirian was supposed to bring variety to council matters but then no one wanted to listen to him.
As for the characters’ personalities, Luca was just a huge douche-bag from the start. He didn’t seem to really want to make an effort to get to know Eirian and Eirian didn’t expect that. I mean, he dropped everything to marry Luca but Luca made it seem like he was just arm candy and expected to know his place and be silent. As for Eirian, I really liked him. I loved that he was so soft and sweet but then had a steel spine when it came to things he was passionate about. I didn’t really like that he put all the work on his best friend, Keefe, but I liked the dynamics and loyalty he had with Keefe.
While I really loved this one, I found the end went by too quick. The pacing was great up until about 75% in and then I felt like the author tried to cram too much plot into just 25% so it came off as rushed. Also, I was confused on why no one, aside from someone who barely spoke to him, noticed Orel’s condition. It seemed a little too convenient for me considering Luca spent a lot of time with Orel and never noticed anything off.
In the end, I really loved this book. I adored the world-building and I liked the characters even though Luca came off as an asshole for a majority of the story. The ending was a little too fast for me but I’m happy where it ended. I hope we get to see more of this world because I think Keefe deserves a story of his own!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*