I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you K.T. Munson!
This story had great potential! It has 5the bones of a great and exciting story, but I found that it was too concise. In the sense that the author did not explore some deeper and emotional aspects of the book. This made the book feel slightly two-dimensional, which was a shame. Yes, it was great that the plot was fast-paced, but I felt as though we were missing portions as a reader.
I have mixed feelings about the cultural aspects of the book. The author decided to have the aspect of a harem and concubines present in the novel, yet they were barely present. I felt like that undermines the authenticity of the cultural concept. The duties of a harem were not explored, yet other acts of duty were... Maybe I'm picky because I recently read a fabulous historically accurate concubine/harem romance.
Now, despite all of this, I really liked our romantic interest Aleron; well only for the last 2/3 of the book. I felt like the first third of the book was not consistent with the rest of the book in terms of his characterization. So a little lack of consistency, but it was a fun, quick read, and I'm just a picky person.