King's Conquest

Mending the Rift, #1

This is a nice little story about endings and beginnings in more ways than one.

Merinej of Jede has requested Prince Rinin of Kari to travel to Jede and share his life or the war between their two kingdoms will continue.

While not fully prepared for what is being asked, Rin has standards and rather than simply share the king's bed, he asked for (and receives) a contract that states that he will risk his life providing a child to the king if the king will remain faithful.

Reaching Jede, Rinin finds more than he bargained for and, at the same time, dangerous.

I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the overall setup and writing style.

Having said that, I would have preferred the story to be longer. While the story is the first in a series, King's Conquest feels more like an introduction to a story rather than a story that is an introduction to a series.

Outside of that, which may simply be a matter of taste (and I do look forward to seeing more of the series in the future), I really liked the story.

Book Blurb for King's Conquest

In a world where two kingdoms are constantly at war, Prince Rinin, heir to the throne of Kari Kingdom, has been demanded as a war conquest by King Merinej of Jede. The choice is simple: the prince will travel to his enemy's kingdom and share the king's bed, or else the war continues. But Rin will not lower himself to be a whore, so he demands a contract requiring the king to be faithful. In return, the prince will risk his life by giving the king a child.

Where Rin expected nothing more than a business arrangement, he receives affection. The more surprising realization is the willingness of his own heart to return the same. But even his king cannot save Rin from those who wish him harm, and their joining might be over before it can fully bloom.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 4.00