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Snowmancer: A Gay Dark Fantasy (Godsbane Prince Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I have no idea why.
The fantasy genre is not what I normally read, and that's what this is. Right off the bat, a prince has been deceived by his power hungry brother and a harem boy(who is actually...er...something...from another kingdom). The harem boy takes him back to his kingdom to be a sacrifice.
There's some kind of oddball snow creatures, a dark lord, some talk of something I took to be a bond-mate type thing. And THEN it gets weird!
When it reaches the point the story has been building to, something totally out of left field comes along and...well, just read it for yourself.
Truthfully, though, I have no idea why these two characters care for each other. In fact, I'm not sure the Snowmancer actually liked the prince. When the Prince thinks of the things the Snowmancer did for him, he conveniently doesn't recall the really bad thing that they're going to do to him.
It's really a head scratcher, but it's a compelling read.
Spoilers to follow.
So, Jem is evidently bringing former Heir of the Southern Country of sand, heat, silks and slaves Ilyas to his country of Lumi as a slave. For whatever reason, Ilyas is not fighting for his freedom at all, even believing that Jem is bringing him to be castrated and sold into slavery. There isn't much explanation about what it is that Ilyas is being brought to Lumi for. It's hinted that slavery and castration would be a blessing as opposed to what really awaited him. I guessed a lot of the plot during the early chapters, such as Jem actually being the Reagent Prince Hemi. That Ilyas was going to be sacrificed to the Dark God. Though why everyone constantly shivered in fear at Jem being around was confusing to me. As well as his brother, the Heir Prince Hoari, suddenly NOT being afraid of Jem. So, for the first few chapters, I was very annoyed and lost at what I was supposed to be reading what was supposed to be happening. All of the hinting and dancing around and not giving information was extremely annoying considering that both of these cultures are utterly foreign.
It also annoyed me that I could see the answer to all their problems early in the book, too. I mean, goodness gracious! The answer was so bloody obvious I wanted to slap both of them! I have no idea why they got so tunnel-visioned about it all! Ugh!
There were a couple of plot twists that surprised me and actually got me kinda teary eyed at the end. Also, yeah. They figured out what I knew after the first couple of chapters of the book. Being plunked down in the world and everything hinted at felt really pointless. If I hadn't been bored, I would have just sent the book back, unread. Would I read it again...? Ehhh...maybe? It's not a bad book or poorly written. Ilyas is hard to really like at all at first, but he does have a character arch that is completed. So does Jem. I do wish I could have read more about what happened after they set off with the Master Plan to Save Everyone. Not quite a cliff hanger, but I think it would have been nice to see their relationship blossom more.
So, I guess I do recommend it. Just be prepared to scratch your head some at first.
I loved the world building in this book and I especially enjoyed the change in Ilyas’s character. Ilyas starts off as a prince who is arrogant and used to having his way. He has trouble recognizing the suffering and hunger of the people around him and only realizes their suffering when it is pointed out to him. However, as the book progresses and Ilyas starts to fall for Jem, Ilyas becomes less self-centered. There is finally someone in the world that he cares for more than himself. I think that change was what really drew me in. I went from wishing bad things on Ilyas to rooting for him. Though I loved the dark world the author creates, I was a little thrown off by the magical aspects and especially the magic used in the end. Even though this threw me for a loop, it didn’t take away from the story in any way. I recommend Snowmancer to anyone who loves dark M/M fantasy, M/M Slave themes, & M/M Romance.
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