- File Size: 546 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 12, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0099WU1XQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Prince of Winds Kindle Edition
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Conceptually, I was sold on it. The characters themselves and the world was really interesting. The relationship between the two main characters really soured the experience for me.
I don't like non-consentual scenes. I'm ok with dubious consent, but I don't want to ready anything rapey. I've read about 75% of the way through the book and most parts of the sex scenes read as coercive, if not outright rape. One of the earliest scenes even has Melkor promise that Rimmon only had to say so and Melkor would stop. The scene concludes with Rimmon saying "No, no, no" and Melkor proceeding anyway. But the problem is that these scenes are written as if they are supposed to be consentual or loving when they're grossly exploitative.
VERY MILD SPOILERS:
When we first meet Rimmon, a prince and an eagle fighter, he has just seen his close friend and romantic interest fall in battle. Wounded, Rimmon summons his eagle and captures the eye of the demon warrior, Melkor.
Melkor takes one look at Rimmon and falls in love with the handsome prince, taking him captive and healing his injuries. But Melkor is not what he first appears to be, and Rimmon, too, comes to care for Melkor. The only problem: Melkor is cursed by the goddess never to be loved.
As with "Sorcerer's Knot," the worldbuilding in this long novella is breathtaking. The descriptions, not only of the battle, but of the island stronghold where Melkor keeps Rimmon, are vivid and poetic. The sex scenes are undeniably hot, but they also are beautifully crafted, almost musical, and the emotional connection between Rimmon and Melkor is powerful.
Another wonderfully crafted fantasy romance from Tali Spencer. I can't wait for the next!
Rimmon is the prince of Ake, a small kingdom with eagle warriors to protect it. The warrior bond with the giant birds early and can see through their eyes and direct them in a fight. While the eagle warriors were faring well against other threats, the Horde and its princes greatly out powered them. It's after an attack that Rimmon finds himself injured and alone with only his eagle Ayet to care for him. Melkor one of the demon princes and the one, who is mainly responsible for the defeat of Rimmon's warrior, since he commands the winds, is immediately taken with the prince and his bird.
The romance between Rimmon and Melkor was hot, though I had hoped that it would take them longer to get together, then again the whole book wasn't that long, just over 100 pages, so it might have been that. Plus point, is the hot sex scenes and the taming of the prince. I wasn't bored with the book and did get sucked into it right away. The characters were interesting and I liked the whole history how the three-demon princes came about, and what drove them to conquer the lands.
On the not so pretty side, there is violence, mention of rape and disgusting display of enemy heads. The yikes moment was when it was mentioned, that to gain a healing elixir they had to cook up a god or a child of a god, especially after they had to apply this elixir to Rimmon, in a fairly predictable way. The whole explanation why it could only be applied like that did not really make sense and sounded far fetched to me. I understand he has to hold it in his body. Why couldn't he drink it or hold the elixir in his mouth for that matter?
I'm still not sure how Rimmon and Melkor fell in love, in lust I understood that but love? I think here I would have liked to see a more romantic development and if that were done, I would have given it a better rating. One could see that Melkor cared, but then again for being the gentlest of demons, he was quite barbaric.
Prince of the Winds had the potential to be a great read, if one has a weakness for captive princes. I am looking forward to read something longer from this author, because that might prove more satisfying.