Title: A Taste of Gold and Iron
Author: Alexandra Rowland
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: August 30, 2022
Themes: MM Romance, Anxiety rep, Bodyguard/Prince, Mystery, Political Fantasy elements, Standalone
Kadou, the shy prince of Arasht, finds himself at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court—the body-father of the queen’s new child—in an altercation which results in his humiliation.
To prove his loyalty to the queen, his sister, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds, with the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer, who seems to tolerate him at best. In Arasht, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy, and the conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom’s financial standing and bring about its ruin.
Thank you to NetGalley and Tordotcom for an eARC of this book
I had such high hopes for this book. It was sold as everything I wanted in a fantasy book. And while I have seen some of the criticism about this book, I absolutely adored it. I devoured it. Also, the audiobook is so good.
I’m a sucker for a slow burn romance about people having to get to know each other and forced proximity is something I adore. I know it’s not for everyone and I know that a lot of people didn’t like that Evemer pretty much just said “highness” for a lot of the beginning of the book, but having a character be able to express so many layers of emotion in one single word just gets me. I can just imagine all the different ways intonation made the same word have so many different meanings.
I also really enjoyed Kadou’s character. He was so riddled with anxiety that he felt so badly about himself and put himself in difficult situations, but he was actually incredibly smart and useful in ways he didn’t even realize. I felt for him and I thought his internal dialogue was really heart wrenching as someone who deals with anxiety too. All those little moments where he was unsure of what to do or say, or worried that he did someone to make someone upset and I felt that.
The way my brain works the time line of books doesn’t really matter to me. I don’t really care if 5 days have passed or if 5 months have passed because I can’t keep track of it when reading anyway, so I liked that it felt like time was moving without me needing to pay attention to specific passages of time.
Overall, I devoured this book. It was fun and once the action picked up I was desperate to know what happened to Kadou and Evemer. I just adored how the two of them developed their relationship over time and I loved all the silent pining. I don’t even know what else to say because this book was just so so fun and I needed something fun and that sucked me in.
Rating: 4/5 stars