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(The Royal Trials – Book 3)
by Tate James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fantasy, Slow Burn RH, Series Complete
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
The explosive (though maybe not in the way you think) end to this Fantastical Trilogy. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
A corrupt King. A murdered Queen. A missing Princess… Found.
Once upon a time, The Royal Trials were a sacred ritual designed for a queen to select her king. But nothing is as it was in the kingdom of Tiech. Not since the brutal murder of beloved Queen Ophelia.
The town of Ironforge revealed important secrets, but it all came at an unbearable cost. The streets run red with the blood of innocents and Rybet’s heart is heavy as she returns to Lakehaven.
Facing court and her mother’s murderer will require more than just a brave face. She will need the skill, intellect and support of those who love her. Or what’s left of them.
Torn between love and duty, Rybet faces decisions she never thought she would have to make.
This long lost princess will do whatever it takes to make it to the Golden Ball, even at the cost of her own happiness.
Thoughts on Heir
Browsing through my Kindle, I realized I somehow left this little gem unread from the time I bought it at release. A thorough reread of Book 1 & 2 prepped me to dive in – and reminded me of all the reasons I love Tate James. This book takes the tumultuous events of the series and narrows them down to a pinpoint plot – one that offers a HEA, though it’s obvious the players will have to work hard to get to a full respite.
Secrets are revealed, identities discovered, friendships firmed and romances – no matter how rocky – are solidified. It’s an exciting addition to the series and perfect in its execution, mainly because it focuses on what’s really important, glossing over the superfluous non-entities that have dominated the narrative. The King is important…. or is he? Is he, and his actions the true driving force of this story? If you are anything like me, you’ll smile as the last page draws near, content that the spotlight went where is should, while hinting at future troubles too small to put on THIS page.
And Sage! Loved to hate her, and now I just love her. Read the Author’s note at the end, it gives clues as to the next breakaway story in this world, with our favorite Princess and her flashing swords. Now THAT is a tale. can’t wait to get my hands on!
First Person, Limited Multiple POV
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on Heir
A satisfying end to a wonderful, though sometimes predictable, fantasy Reverse Harem. There were enough surprises to keep the reader on their toes and flipping through pages and enough heat to galvanize the scenes along. Fun and well done, with a door open for future adventures. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published September 21st, 2019
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What are you reading today? have you read this series yet? What about other books by Tate James? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!