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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Royal Consort by Denysé Bridger

Royal Consort by Denysé Bridger
Publisher: Hearts on Fire Books
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Short (65 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Lavender

On the fantasy world of Foress, the daughter of the world’s last remaining god is challenged to locate one of the ancient swords that were forged as the Triad of Power among the once-powerful gods. Sherindal is a skilled warrior, but a woman with many conflicts in her heart. She has spent her life in the service of her father, the god M’Har, yet it is not she who will wield the most powerful of the swords. Diviner is to be her brother’s destiny, even though she is certain the legacy should be hers. Sherindal carries another of the three ancient weapons, Huntor. The final part of the triad is to be held by the hands of men, and her lover, the Prince of Ember City, is the guardian of Predator.

Denysé Bridger has written an interesting fantasy story with compelling characters. Royal Consort is a short story, but well written and complete. The main issues were wrapped up nicely; however, there was a little room at the end to write another story, a continuation.

Stories of the fantasy genre can be hard to write, but this author did a good job with the world building, even in this short context. There are some great sensual details.

After the preface, which explains needed background information, Royal Consort starts with a very steamy bedroom scene. It’s not just thrown in there though for effect: the scene shows the passion and dedication between the charming heroine Sherindal and her prince, Prince Rienn. They are a very likeable couple.

It comes to pass that Sherindal must leave her prince and go on a dangerous mission. He doesn’t want her to leave, but her sense of honor and duty is strong. Magic comes into play during her voyage, and more intriguing characters cross the pages.

Who is a friend, and who is an enemy? This isn’t apparent at first, creating significant conflict and tension. It is delightful when Prince Rienn shows up to help his beloved Sherindal. But more danger lies ahead for them. She must use magic, something that Rienn is not thrilled about, but he loves her and stays close, experiencing some strange episodes along the way.

Though it was a very fast read, this magical tale was enjoyable, and I’d happily read more stories by Denysé Bridger.