Title: Prince of the Sorrows
Author: Kellen Graves
Series/Number: Rowan Blood Vol. 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age: New Adult
Publication Date: March 31, 2022
Themes: Queer Romance, High Fey, Celtic-Inspired, Old Magic, Violence, Oppression, Abuse, Hurt/Comfort, Grumpy/Sunshine,
Without an academic endorsement to make him valuable to the high fey, Saffron will be sent back through the veil to the human world. The place he was born, but not where he grew up. A place he is terrified of. And while getting an endorsement shouldn’t be impossible, it’s hindered by the fact he’s edging on literate, having spent his life teaching himself to read using books stolen off of Morrígan Academy’s campus of high fey students.
When mistaken identity leads to Saffron learning the true name of brooding, self-centered, high fey Prince Cylvan, what begins as a risk of losing his life (or his tongue) becomes an opportunity to earn the life Saffron wants. In exchange for an endorsement, he and Cylvan form a geis where Saffron agrees to find a spell to strip power from Cylvan’s true name. While Prince Cylvan doesn’t know Saffron’s literacy is self-taught, and his knowledge of magic is nonexistent, Saffron is determined to meet his end of the agreement in order to remain in Alfidel– or, maybe, to remain by Cylvan’s side, as affections grow stronger every night they spend alone in the library together.
But when other human servants on campus are suddenly and inexplicably killed by an animal, Saffron realizes he may have inadvertently embroiled himself in the middle of a manipulative reach for power like he never anticipated. Not only is his future endorsement at risk, but also Cylvan’s livelihood and ability to think for himself– and Saffron will have to choose which is more important to him.
Thank you so much to the author for an eARC of this title
Alright, I need to get this out of the way before I try to have any coherent thoughts. *Insert incoherent screeching here*
Alright, now that I’ve gotten my screeching out of the way I can try to talk to you about this book. First of all you should know that I read this in like 24 hours, maybe a little bit more than that. But Basically from one night to the next I finished it. I just couldn’t put it down. I really just couldn’t put it down. There were so many things I loved about it.
For starters I loved the Celtic inspired world and lore. I am a sucker for fey lore and stories. Especially when they are on the darker side, like a lot of those older more classic fey stories. I really liked the Gothic, dark vibes that were going on in the story. This book was so immersive and engaging. I was just sucked into the world and the setting. I really felt so immersed in the world and could visualize it. The world building was absolutely incredible. It felt like the world lore was given in a way that didn’t feel overwhelming or too slow. It felt like all the information was given at the right time and in the right circumstances.
I don’t even know how to talk about this book because it was so wonderful. I loved Saffron. He is the softest sweetest, most optimistic human. I also love Cylvan and how broody he is. I also loved how the two of them interacted. There were some rough moments in the beginning, but overtime Saffron really did soften him up. I mean, if you need anything the sentence “Only for you.” is said and it just made me cry and squeal all at once.
The action and mystery in this story was absolutely amazing. I devoured it and couldn’t wait to find out what happened and who was responsible. Also that ending really broke my heart. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I am dying for the next in the series.
If you want to support a queer indie author or you like queer fey stories. This is the book for you!
Rating: 5/5 stars