Review: Consorts of the Red King by Eden Winters


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Vibrant Promotions.

I've heard a lot of good things about Eden Winters's writing, so when the opportunity to read and review her latest novel came about, I jumped right on it. Consorts of the Red King is an M/M/M sci-fi romance set in what felt like an already existing world--and with a bit of checking around, it looks like the world was already established in the author's earlier sci-fi novella, The Sentinel, which I have yet to read but already picked up on Amazon as a freebie.

This new story itself revolves around Van Orskey, Tayn Kassik, and Prince Jorvik of Akiak. After losing everything and everyone that mattered to them, Van and Tayn are forced to take refuge on their ship, the Cormorant. From there, they transport contraband and fugitives, as well as going on missions for the Coalition, further stoking the ire of the Federation, the very same Federation that wreaked havoc upon Van and Tayn's colony and others more.

When Jorvik's father is assassinated, the prince has no other alternative but to flee his beloved planet, vowing to free his people from the Federation. He finds the unlikeliest of allies in two mercenaries--Van and Tayn. Brought together by a common foe and their quest for revenge, the three find kinship and passion as well. When their bond is threatened, Jorvik, Van, and Tayn know their only option is to rid their universe of the Federation forever.

In terms of creativity and originality, Eden Winters gets top marks. Her world building had me mesmerized, as did the three main characters. I liked the idea of a prince joining forces with two outlaws in order to take down a shared enemy. The chemistry was front and center, and kudos to Winters for pulling it off because I have read stories that involve three characters in a relationship wherein it simply didn't work or it faltered in convincing me.

Where this book stumbles a bit is its pacing, and I can't help but wonder if that's due in large part to the length of the novel. It's a rather lengthy read, and while I appreciate the author's efforts to be as detailed as possible, I feel that had this been streamlined, it would have been a far smoother reading experience. As a whole, though, I was intrigued, and even enthralled at certain points, so all things considered, Consorts of the Red King snags four stars. ♥

Date Read: 10 November 2019

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