Book Reviews

Consorts of the Red King by Eden Winters at Rocky Ridge Books

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Outer Space / Soldiers/Mercenaries / Menage MMM / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-July-2021

Book Blurb

In deepest space the ruthless Federation lays waste to one rebel colony after another, leaving comrades-in-arms Van Orskey and Tayn Kassik without family, without a home, and without hope. 

With nothing left but each other, they run contraband and smuggle fugitives from the safety of their ship, the Cormorant—with the occasional clandestine mission for the rival Coalition thrown in. Their heists have not gone unnoticed, though even the bounty on their heads doesn’t prevent them from being a thorn in the enemy’s side at every opportunity.

Pissing them off? Big mistake. 

From the day of his birth Prince Jorvik of Akiak learned duty, wisdom, and honor from his father, leaving him ill-equipped to withstand betrayal by his Federation-puppet uncle. He has no love for the greedy off-worlders who plunder his world’s natural resources and enslave his people. To defeat his foe, he needs the cunning, fearlessness, and touch of treachery only outlaws can offer. 

Two off-world mercenaries make unlikely partners in Jorvik’s quest for vengeance, but the more he learns of them, the more common ground he discovers. In each other’s arms they find passion, heat, and maybe, a reason for living—until their common enemy threatens to tear them apart.  

To survive, they must take on the corrupt Federation.  

And win.


Book Review

‘Consorts of the Red King’ reads like an action/adventure set in space, a sweeping space opera with two malevolent superpowers fighting for dominance, and an unusual triad between two humans and an alien all mixed into one. It isn’t quite clear who the good guys are, because even the people I was rooting for (since they were the somewhat less evil characters) are not exactly innocent knights of moral impeccability. The whole setup of an alien race struggling for their independence in the face of said superpowers fighting to colonize them definitely made for interesting reading. And as for the main characters? Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a few surprises!

 

Van and Tayn have no family left, hate the Federation with a burning passion, and have made a life for themselves smuggling everything someone pays them for. They have a deep connection that goes beyond a shared past, but being the tough mercenaries they are, neither of them wants to admit to their feelings. Not even to themselves.

 

Jorvik may have been born a prince who was supposed to rule the planet Akiak, but galactic politics force him into a role thought to be a myth by outsiders. Once the Federation and the Coalition of rebel planets start fighting over Akiak for its resources – mysterious crystals – things quickly unravel. Betrayal, political maneuvering, and a need to remain independent at all costs drive Jorvik down a path nobody would choose for themselves unless forced to by dire circumstances.

 

It takes all three men to come up with a way to fight Akiak’s enemies. Each is ruthless in his own way, and the emotional and physical bonds that form as they figure out what to do are as unexpected as they are unbreakable. Twists and turns make the story interesting, and trying to figure out what is really behind the crystals and their role in Akiak’s history and future make for a truly epic adventure.

 

If you like space opera with more than one mystery to unravel, if unusual triads between men of very different backgrounds are your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read with more than one twist and lots of passion, then you will probably like this novel.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 364 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-October-2019
Price $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Consorts-Red-King-Eden-Winters-ebook/dp/B07Y7NKFB3