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'Til Kingdom Come by Evangeline Anderson at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / 12th Century / Royalty/Nobility / Magic / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-October-2010

Book Blurb

In a time of mystery and magic, one man is seeking to find his destiny. Prince Thrain Blackwater is on a deadly mission to capture the one who can help him get his revenge and make him whole. But in order to do so, he must perform an act of brutality that will alienate the man he hopes to claim as his own.

Prince Elias Trueheart is a Null—a noble of the royal Trueheart line who has no magic of his own. Resigned to a life of obscurity, his entire world is turned upside down the night Thrain comes for him. After the Blackwater prince claims him in a way Elias feels he can never forgive, he kidnaps him as well and drags him back to the snake pit he calls home—Castle Black.

Thrain is certain Elias will hate him forever—and he doesn’t blame the other man a bit. Still, he hungers for Elias’s love and will do anything to earn it, even if it means facing down his brutal older brother who wants Elias for himself. But will Elias ever return his feelings or is he incapable of forgiving Thrain’s crime? He will have to make up his mind very soon for beneath the dark and dangerous Castle Black lies a secret that will unlock Elias’s magic and a deadly riddle that will put both his life and Thrain’s in peril.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, allusion to incest.


Book Review

This is a great fantasy story. No epic quests looking for magical items, though. It is all about the inner journey of two men who don't just have their own personal demons to overcome, but need to find common ground as lovers as well—if a long-standing prophecy is to come true and bring peace to their realms.

Elias starts out as the weaker of the two. He is a "magic null" in a kingdom of mages and suffers some ridicule for it. Not the most self-confident person to start with, he gets taken prisoner and raped by a prince from a neighboring kingdom. He is then told, by the last dragon alive, no less, that said prince is his destiny, and that he will only unleash his own magic with the man's help. It takes Elias a long time to see the wood for the trees, but when he finally gets it, his growth is phenomenal.

Thraine has been mistreated by his father, brutalized by his own brother when he was younger, and knows he will need Elias to help him get revenge. Forced to rape him or see him raped by his evil brother, he has no choice but to hurt him. The knowledge that he may have ruined his chances of Elias ever loving him as much as he comes to love Elias almost destroys him. Not that it motivates him to talk about it or admit his true feelings until it's almost too late.

I really liked the way both men stubbornly struggled on their own, refusing to communicate until the circumstances forced them to change. The setting was good, even if the evil father and brother felt slightly overdone at times. But hey - it's a fairy tale, so I decided to go with it. It was definitely a great ride!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 183 pages/86863
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-June-2010
Price $7.99 ebook
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