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When his sister falls ill, Kristof is ordered to assume a duty never meant for him: become the Duke of Stehlmore and marry a notorious Prince of the Blood. It is one of the oldest honors and duties undertaken by his family, but Kristof feels only resentment that he must leave behind all he knows to serve an arrogant half-demon.
His resentment must be set aside, however, when evil is found lurking far too close to the castle—an evil that has many pieces, controlled by someone they cannot find and who always seems one step ahead of them. Someone who seems to think that demons are little more than toys …
Princes of the Blood series is rather unique since the books are ‘moving backwards’. Meaning that this is not a sequel of the first book, Of Last Resort, but instead it tells story about two men we already know as a couple: Kristof, a Paladin as well as the new Duke of Stehlmore, and Håkon, a Prince of Blood.
I still had similar issues with the world build, just like I mentioned in my own review for book 1. I thought Megan Derr’s idea was excellent. It was complex and imaginative. Having said that, I again thought it felt a bit blurry. I still couldn’t really grasp the differences of these branches. I did have my guess as the story moved along, but still, most of the time, I thought this world build stayed in the mind of the author and not smoothly translated into the mind of readers.
In addition, I thought the two parts were not well-balanced. In the second part, Kristof and Håkon were separated and the narration switched completely to Håkon (the first part was all from Kristof’s perspective). The good thing … we learned more about Håkon’s past and there was FINALLY a female character here, whose presence was quite important as she helped Håkon around. The bad thing? It disrupted the start of a closer relationship between Kristof and Håkon. Also, the final fight felt anti-climactic, which was also my problem with the first book.
Fortunately – I thought the romance was better this time around. Megan Derr seems to be at her best when she writes about characters who seem to dislike one another at first. Here, Håkon seemed to despise Kristof very much; he was rude to Kristof and definitely hated the idea of being engaged to the paladin. I enjoyed the slow change of the nature of their relationship when Håkon realized that Kristof was not as bad as he thought. Even if they ended up separated for the second-half of the book.
So overall … I thought it was slightly better than Of Last Resort. But it wasn’t one of my favorites of Ms. Derr.