Book Reviews

The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller at Less Than Three Press

Genre Gay / Trans* / Fantasy / Magic / Royalty/Nobility / Warriors/Soldiers / Wizards & Witches / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-March-2015

Book Blurb

Myron's task is easy enough on the surface: locate the runaway Prince Tamsen and bring him home. But Tamsen is not merely a talented wizard, he's an exceptionally stubborn one, and dozens of others have already failed at the task. When he manages to find the cabin where Tamsen is hiding, Myron isn't foolish enough to mistake the find for a victory.

Instead of attempting to drag the prince home by force, Myron tries a different tact: patience. He might not be able to best Tamsen magically or physically, but Myron can certainly out-stubborn him. He's nothing if not used to doing what other people say he can't.

But neither prince nor soldier expected stubbornness to be the crack in armor they've both become adept at wearing...

 

Book Review

“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” ~ Lao Tzu

Even in a fantasy world, people have certain ideas of appropriate behavior. Myron and Tamsen, of 'The Errant Prince' by Sasha L. Miller, are viewed for who they appear to be rather than who they are. Myron and Tamsen have cleverly found a way to overcome the roadblocks other people try to put in their paths; they've learned to shine in their own way and are determined to continue to do so together, with any luck.

One of Myron's strong points is that he never underestimates the challenges that lie before him. When he's assigned to bring back a prince who has forsaken his royalty, he approaches the task with eyes wide open. Myron doesn't assume that just because Tamsen is a prince he will behave like one, and this assumption proves to be correct. Instead of trying to use force, Myron takes his time and earns Tamsen's respect. Since Myron doesn't behave like the other soldiers who have come to drag the prince back home, Tamsen is more prone to listen to him. As their mutual respect grows, Myron and Tamsen learn that they have a lot more in common that they first thought. This forms another bond which helps move them from potential captor and prisoner to friendship and the possibility for more.

Tamsen runs away from his princely duties seeking a more simple life, away from the crushing expectations of his position and an ex-lover determined to marry him, not because of love, but for the prestige it will give him. Tamsen is much more capable than his brother, the king, presents him to be. Tamsen is tired of being told what he can and can't do and how he is supposed to feel. He's quite resourceful both in magic and in the daily tasks necessary for survival. Tamsen likes his solitude, but he is lonely. When Myron comes around, Tamsen thinks that he is like all of the other inept men his brother has sent to talk sense into him and bring Tamsen home; but soon realizes Myron is so much more. The night before they leave, it's obvious that their affection for each other is something they both want to explore further, but they also know when Tamsen is back at the castle, things will change drastically regardless of what he wants.

This is a sweet love story, told in a fairy-tale style, which adds interest, color, and magic to the mix. Tamsen and Myron are both strong, admirable characters whose affection is tangible. There isn't any huge conflict in the story, but there was enough political intrigue to hold my interest. If you like magic, princes, castles, court politics, pushing limits, and, of course, love, then you may enjoy reading this story.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 139 pages/41000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-February-2015
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
Buy Link http://bit.ly/1NBadLY