Book Reviews

Heir (The Prince's Soulmate 4) by Katy Haye at Plumshine Books

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Assassins/Mercenaries / Royalty/Nobility / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 19-January-2024

Book Blurb

"I don't know how to bear it!"


Kit held his beloved close. Talal had to bear it. There was no other option. And Kit would stand beside him, giving him strength until Talal regained his own.

Kit and Talal’s soulmate bond – and their relationship – is stronger than ever. It needs to be. Sudharain is set about by enemies on all sides.

Kit’s home country is determined to destroy the sultanate, while neighbouring Gabalnu has betrayed Sudharain under cover of friendship.

If the sultanate is to survive – much less thrive – Kit and Talal need to use every advantage they can find. They don’t want war, but if war's coming, they’ll do everything in their power to ensure they end victorious.


Book Review

Welcome to ‘Heir’, the penultimate installment in a long, mythic tale, set both somewhere and sometime in the East – an extensive saga. For the new, familiar reader, it will be quite welcome: the uninitiated may just read the forward and dive right in to the pleasure. We begin with strife between neighboring but unique states – Sudharain, the locus of the tale; Gal, home of our hero’s partner, and Lindumia.

 

Of interest to modern readers, we should note the prominent, equal power assigned to women in this fictive world, be it in government or military. We should also note, concomitant with a definition of olio – in a literary sense (i.e., 1. a highly spiced stew of various meats and vegetables originating from Spain and Portugal, or more likely, 2. a miscellaneous collection of things) the mixture of sex, religion, political warfare, and humor.

 

The sultan of Sudharain has been murdered and has been succeeded by his son, Talal, fully supported by his lover, Kit. There relationship is brightly presented, and is a key to the tale. Stress abounds between the neighboring countries! Talal seeks to avoid war, and Kit, himself a one-time would-be assassin as eschewed violence.

 

As an aside, kudos to Katy Haye who brings life to this mysterious setting, beautifully employing appropriate terms, such as ‘ululation’ and ‘suppuration’. Bless Kindle’s thesaurus.

 

The plot is exciting, and so best left to revelation as one reads. While I worried that Katy Haye might be exhausting her the subject matter, the sexual intermezzi are further flavors added to the mix, entertaining, important, but never overly distracting. By the end of the current installment we are left with:

 

“Argh! Will Kit and Talal ever be free of Lindumia’s machinations?’ and the concluding book is eagerly awaited.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 288 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-December-2023
Price $4.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0CJPZF541