Sacred Fate by Eressë

6935632Title: Sacred Fate (Chronicles of Ylandre, Book 1)
Author: Eressë
Published: September 14, 2009
Pages: 353
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★☆☆

When Rohyr Essendri, Ardan of Ylendre, claims Lassen Idana in exchange for offering protection to his provincial town, it’s expected that he will serve the Ardan as a concubine and nothing more. But even in the moment of their first meeting, there was something that Lassen felt that he simply couldn’t explain. But life at court isn’t easy and when Lassen realizes his feelings for Rohyr, they’re complicated by Rohyr’s impending marriage to another, cementing Lassen’s place as someone to merely keep the Ardan company in his bed while someone else holds his hand and bears his heirs.

I’m not much for mpreg stories, so I was a bit skeptical of this one. And even though that was a definite element of the story, it didn’t distract from the parts that I truly enjoyed – high fantasy, nobility, betrayal, star-crossed lovers, etc. There is an element of dubious consent here (how does one really say no to the king even if he wanted to), but I think it is dealt with well and seems to be less dubious than one might first expect on the surface.