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The Chosen [Kindle Edition]

Annette Gisby
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The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.

Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.

With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?


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"The way Severin and Havyn fight their attraction even as each of them continue to crave each other was heartbreaking. This was a really good novel, one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and remember for quite some time." - Coffee Time Romance

"Gisby's description of her fantasy world of Arcathia and Oscia is strong; she quickly sets the limitations of the magic users and defines the characteristics of the Arcathian and Oscian populations with clarity. She is also very good at introducing various subplots; within the first few chapters she introduces the antagonism between her two main cultures, the appearance of an ancient race, in addition to the main romance and the obstacles the couples face." - Rainbow Reviews

"Annette Gisby is one of my new favorite authors to watch out for. The Chosen was simply a fantastic mixture of passion, longing, magic and kingdom intrigue...Annette Gisby has written a fantastic book with clandestine visits, secret dreams, and a fantastic ending
." - Bitten by Books

From the Author

I started writing The Chosen for National Novel Writing Month a few years ago. In my mind I wanted to write a fairy tale for adults set in a fantasy setting. Severin, the prince, came to me rather easily. I could picture what he looked like, what sort of person he was and how he would react to things around him. I had the prince, now all I needed was a princess for him to rescue.

But there was a problem, I couldn't picture this princess no matter how hard I tried. What was wrong? Why couldn't I picture this character? As usual, it was my characters who saved me. Severin was insistent that he wasn't interested in princesses, to rescue or otherwise. Now, if it was princes, that was another matter! In all my character developement, I'd failed to realise the fact that my prince was gay!

Well, that certainly put another spin on things and over the next few days, another character came to me: Havyn, who'd been a slave all his life and was certainly in need of rescue. Severin nodded wholeheartedly, for Havyn was a very handsome slave.

Of course, there wouldn't have been much conflict if all they did was meet and fall in love. But of course, even in a fantasy world being a gay prince wasn't easy. The kingdom needed heirs, that was
Severin's duty, not to love where he wished. And as for Havyn, he was apprenticed to an old-fashioned wizard after his rescue. A wizard who was of the opinion that remaining chaste was the only way for a wizard to keep his powers. Not to mention the fact that Severin's father bethrothed him to a princess without his knowledge and his future bride has disappeared...

I loved writing this story, I felt so strongly about all of my characters, even the not so nice ones. When I finished it was as if the friends who had been visiting me had gone home. But they weren't gone, for I could read about them anytime I wanted. Yes, I do read and re-read my own work, for I write the stories I want to read too.

I hope my readers will find some friends between the pages as well.

Take care,
Annette

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  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1105397289
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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Annette Gisby March 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Severin, Crown Prince of Arcathia, buys a slave while visiting neighboring Oscia. Something about the boy called Havyn moves Severin so that he cannot do otherwise, even though his mentor and teacher Ildar disapproves. Severin plans to set Havyn free as soon as they cross the border, since slavery is illegal in Arcathia. Meanwhile, he must retain ownership because he cannot free the boy while still in Oscian territory. Havyn can't believe it when his new "master" treats him kindly, and the wizard Ildar awes him. He's even more amazed when Ildar, after discovering that Havyn has more than average potential for learning magic, decides to train him.

Prince Severin has a different problem. As the king's only heir, he has a duty to marry and father children. Instead he finds himself powerfully attracted to Havyn. Which is perfectly all right with his father, as long as Severin agrees to marry Oscia's Princess Ythrin and insure peace between neighboring but hostile realms.

Havyn reciprocates the prince's attraction, but returning to Oscia as part of Severin's retinue terrifies him because he's sure he will be recognized as a former slave and forced back into that dreadful life. As events unfold during the journey, Havyn learns why he's far more than a wizard in training - why he is, in fact, a Truth Seeker. Severin also learns some truths about his own past, and about the man and king he must become if he's to win Havyn's love and hold his father's throne when rulership of Arcathia falls to him.

"The truth makes us free" is my all time favorite literary theme. The Chosen clothes that theme in a tender, sometimes erotic love story, one peopled with characters whose human nature (even though some of them aren't fully human) rings true.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read May 25, 2010
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A prince, a wizard, and a new slave set out on an epic quest that changes their lives. Prince Severin and the royal wizard, Ildar, are heading home after a long journey meant to humble and teach the irreverent prince. They happen upon a slave auction and buy Havyn with the intention of freeing the man. But matters aren't that simple as Havyn soon becomes Ildar's apprentice and Severin is newly engaged to a woman he hasn't met yet. The three head off on an epic journey with 2 bodyguards to find the missing princess complete with mystery, intrigue, and wonder.

The characters are well-defined, even as they feel very familiar. There is Havyn, the slave who turns out to be so much more. He's somewhat submissive, somewhat meek, but he's also an exaggeration. He's never had a single kindness in his life, never had clothes, went weeks without eating, always beaten. He's still a likable character even though he's a bit too much the poor orphan stereotype. Severin and Ildar also follow their predictable stereotypes but they work in a classic fantasy setting. They may not be the most original but they are still interesting and I like reading about their adventures.

Some of the writing feels basic and the same words are used repeatedly, especially during the sex scenes. Severin's "staff" reminds me of too much of bad romance writing and after a while I fatigued on the throbbing, aching staffs. As a first offering though, the story is enjoyable and interesting. It plays on all the basic concepts and themes of fantasy stories with a bit of romance, sex, and an obvious happy ever after at the end. It may not be the most unique story but it will likely please fans who enjoy classic tales of adventure and true love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great way to loose yourself in literature October 22, 2013
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Gisby’s unique combination of fantasy and reality creates a story that everyone can identify with in some way or another. She works a social commentary in behind this very imaginative tale that gives the reader something to think about, even if they don’t necessarily realise it’s there. She brilliantly captures your imagination through vividly clear descriptions that allow your imagination to soar. Gisby has also developed a very solid storyline that pulls her reader forward throughout.

The contrast of characters in this novel was quite unique. I enjoyed the fact that neither of the main characters were perfect. Both were fighting who they were and trying to become more than what they thought they should be. They were quite well developed as individuals trying to find their place within a world that society has dictated for them. The supporting cast was also quite unique. Although not an overly large cast, they definitely filled the bill perfectly. A couple of them could have used a bit more development so that we could get to know them as people, but as a whole they fulfilled their roles within the story quite well. The complete about-face in the viewpoints of a couple of the characters right at the end of the novel was a bit odd, but yet fit perfectly with the storyline as a whole. It suited who they were and showed much growth on their part.

Overall, this was a novel that kept me completely captivated throughout. Gisby’s combination of fantasy and real world prejudices created a platform for her gripping tale of love’s triumph.

Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chosen
I received a copy of this story in exchange for a honest review. This story captures the emotional turmoil of two young men as they accept and embrace their love for each other.
Published 17 days ago by Prismseven
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fantasy read
Prince Severin is the Prince of Arcathia and one day, traveling with his trusted friend, the wizard Idlar he rescues a slave named Havyn. Read more
Published 25 days ago by cobblestones
5.0 out of 5 stars The chosen
It really enjoyable to read the same adventures only the lovers were of the same sex. I have one question that was not answered when they were on the return trip home why did the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rhonda coppinger
3.0 out of 5 stars A sweet love story in a classic fantasy
The Chosen follows the adventures of Prince Severin, a spoiled and somewhat moody hero who has a sense of being incomplete because his father does not approve of him. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carol Holland March
4.0 out of 5 stars this one has evrything!
i received this book in exchange for an honest review.

i just stumbled upon this book. the blurb seemed interesting. and i began reading it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by a cup of coffee and a fairy tale
3.0 out of 5 stars A great blend of magic and adventure
Severin, the only prince of Arcathia, is bound by duty to marry a princess of Oscia to end their nation's old feud. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Books on Silver Wings
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
wonderful building of their relationship, sexy, fun, and a great way to fix the ending without cheating the reader. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Published 11 months ago by A. Mckenna Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read
The Chosen is a nice blend of magic, a land at war, royalty, and romance. It is a shorter book (118 pages) but does not feel like it's short at all. Read more
Published 12 months ago by EE2
3.0 out of 5 stars Reprint
I was just about to buy this based on the blurb when I focused on the author's name. I checked and sure enough I already had the book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by aVaReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
My first Kindle purchase and I'm so thrilled !!

I read it both on my computer and my iPhone. I loved it... LOVED it !!! Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by N. Pereira
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More About the Author

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. She writes in multiple genres and styles, anything from romance to thriller or erotica to horror, even both at the same time.

When not writing, she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre and travelling the world despite getting travel sick on most forms of transport, even a bicycle. Sometimes you might find her playing Dragon Quest or The Sims computer games and watching Japanese Anime. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls, cuddly toys and enough books to fill a library. It's diminishing gradually since the advent of ebooks, but still has a long way to go.

http://www.annettegisby.n3.net

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