Saturday, January 4, 2014

Prince Magnus and the Carpenter

Author: Lyssa Samuels
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN/BIN: 9781627408011
Genre: {M/M}, Science Fiction, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Prince Magnus is not only a warrior but head of his people’s security force.  The fact that he was unable to save his parents weighs heavily on his mind.  Feeling unworthy, Magnus does not plan on claiming his aheri, but he never expected to meet someone like Archer either.

The second book in the Royal Mates, Love’s Diamond series, Prince Magnus and the Carpenter, furthers the story of both the Royal family and the problems on Sanzel.  Prince Magnus has more than the normal issues surrounding the deaths of his parents.  It is easy to understand why he feels the way he does and those feelings lend an air of reality to the story.   Where Magnus is tough, Archer is a gentle soul, the result of brain trauma received after his father beat him.  Archer is the perfect aheri for Magnus, as he helps Magnus realize that he is not to blame for his parent’s deaths.  Archer also lends lightness to the story with his innocence.  The connection between them is just as strong as that felt by Merek and Vance in the first book.  But unlike the first couple, these two did not come together easily and I found myself close to tears when Archer tried to remove Magnus’ name. 

While Prince Magnus and the Carpenter takes place at the same time as the first book, there is only a small crossover scene and it is told by the point of view of Magnus and Archer.  Like the first book, there are many secondary characters in this story and the author also gives you a look at the next couple in the series to get their story told.  New problems on Sanzel are revealed as well, and there is a twist that I am sure not many will see coming. 

Readers should keep in mind that this is a series that must be read in order so that the readers get a full understanding of what is going on. 

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