Sadly, Isra did not live up to my first impression of him, which was the impression of a cool in many senses of the word , calm warrior As in The King's Harem , there is no explicit sex in the novel itself. Intimate moments are implied, and faded to black. I found this sensual implied sex much more erotic and, well, intimate than graphic sex would have been.
I actually wish the book had been longer and the plot slowed down more, especially towards the end. I wish it had taken longer for Sahayl to amass the members of his harem or at least, for them to become members and that there had been more romance with both them, and his wife. I guess I like my seduction slower, instead of like insta-chemistry.
I do love the harem aspect of the two Megan Derr books I've read, and wish there were more books like this out there. I find the inter-connecting relationships and character development fascinating. And the cultural implications of such a thing. Probably why I enjoy other poly novels which are not harems, too. But harems are really quite fascinating, due to the added ownership layer. I'll stop rambling now. XD But seriously - anyone know any more books that focus on harems? I enjoyed the epilogue, too, though was taken aback at first at how many years had passed. At first, I thought it had been a month or so!
It was a nice little insight as to how long diplomacy and forming peace actually takes, and I liked that the political problems were not all wrapped up neatly in a tidy little package. Overall, I really loved this book - and wish there were more Tavamara books out there. Jul 25, iam rated it really liked it Shelves: polyamory , lgbtqia , gays-with-dragons. Sahayl, called Sanstorm, is the heir of the feared Ghost tribe.
His father is violent in his politics and against his only son, while Sahayl wishes for the needless bloodshed between the tribes to stop. Isra belongs to Falcon tribe and respects his diplomatic leader, but the heir of Gho 3. Isra belongs to Falcon tribe and respects his diplomatic leader, but the heir of Ghost infuriates him like noone else. Shihab, born Simon, is a son of the sands in all but physical appearance and he loathes that to most people he meets he is nothing but a heathen, used to not belonging.
He is on a mission, and he is the only one who can do it, and he will prove that to anyone. Something is afoot, something that endangers the desert as a whole, and those three men have to work together to save the sands they love.
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The book is well written, engaging but not fast-paced. The ending is not very conclusive and feels almost too fast, but it fits the novel. I liked the characters - mischievous and wily Shihab, calm and strong Bahadur, Isra with his temper and his determination, and Sahayl, who endures and prevails, solid but flexible, making anyone unable to resist against him.
Jun 29, Anatheia rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , menage , abuse-traumatic-past , reviewed , m-m-romance. The world setting and the plot was really interesting and original. It was a really good plot, I loved it. Unfortunately, the romance was not there. I can find love in a menage relationship, I don't have anything against it.
But in a harem? Sorry, I can't. It's not love. It's lust and affection.
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There is no real connection between them, except Sahayl and Isra. It was disappointing because the rest is amazing. Megan Derr has a gift for telling stories and has a beautiful style. She's one of my favo The world setting and the plot was really interesting and original. She's one of my favorite author.
So, I still highly recommend this book to you. But don't expect romance, and bear in mind that it's more about the plot and you'll gonna love it. Jul 16, c, rated it liked it Shelves: lgbt , let-s-talk-diversity , magic-and-fantasy , new-adult , non-white-characters , polyamory , 3-stars , i-put-the-b-in-lgbt , m-lgbt , f-lgbt. Rep: bi mc, wlw and mlm characters, Middle Eastern inspired setting and characters not much happened to resolve the issues in this ngl. Jun 07, Allerleihrau rated it it was amazing.
Juni Das war eine tolle Abwechslung. Das hat mir gut gefallen und meinen Horizont erweitert. Jun 02, TS rated it liked it Shelves: m-m-fantasy. The story was great up to the point that he had to add all three of them to his harem. The it was just ok. It went downhill from there: he got married to a woman!!!
Calk me old fashioned but what's wrong with a plain old two-people relationship? Don't get me wrong, I was all for it when it was the dragons in the Dance With the Devil series, but it just felt really wierd here. Feb 01, Erica rated it really liked it. A little slow starting out too many people to keep track of! Jun 05, Andrea rated it liked it. I love Megan Derr's work but this was a little too confusing for me. I would recommend you read the Tavamara stories first Nandakumar, Beynum, Aikhadour, Witcher, Rakiah, The Jewel Of Tavamara and Everything You Need , they are really short with no real plot and good as an introduction to the world setting.
After the Tavamara stories you should read the real story, which I found really entertaining and enjoyed reading, and lastly the short story Knight To Rook. And if you didn't like the short stories you shouldn't read the main story, which is similar in atmosph I would recommend you read the Tavamara stories first Nandakumar, Beynum, Aikhadour, Witcher, Rakiah, The Jewel Of Tavamara and Everything You Need , they are really short with no real plot and good as an introduction to the world setting. And if you didn't like the short stories you shouldn't read the main story, which is similar in atmosphere but with a real plot, battles and violence.
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Megan Derr is one of my favorite author, I just love her style of writing. I guess the Harem idea really threw me off and I could not related to the relationships within the Harem and their relationship to the King or Prince. It's a little bit like Polygamy, except all the wives also have relationship with each other?! The story is compelling and the plot is good, I just would have liked a little more romance. Oct 20, Tenny rated it really liked it Shelves: polyamory , politics , fantasy , gay. When Megan Derr does polyamory, woohoo, she really doesn't hold back.
This is definitely not just three people. While it took me some time before I could orientate in so many names and people and politics going around, but when I finally got it, the book was very enjoyable. I especially liked Sahayl. As always, since I got hooked up with Derr's books this past couple of months, I found out I really am liking her style of writing!
And this one is probably my 9th book of hers so far, and I was not disappointed in the least bit! I loved her way of telling the tales from the desert lands in such a way that made my imagination grow ever more stronger with every page I turn to the next :. Nov 04, Rachel rated it it was amazing. This was so effing good, holy shit. The first book is just love stories I mean, there's other plot to them, but the point of them is love-story.
It ties in, sort of, weaving around "The King's Harem", which I think is great, without spoiling anything. Definitely want to read more of Tavamara. This volume also contains three additional stories. The Jewel of Tavamara Fahima has always been the lesser sister: younger, plainer, too smart and independent.
Then her sister commits the ultimate taboo, putting their lives in danger. In order to save her family, Fahima must take her place, though she is painfully aware Shahjahan will never see her as more than a paltry substitute A famous, highly-regarded strategist back home, in the Desert he is regarded as useless and held in contempt for his inability to fight. Adrift and alone, he can only watch and wait for a chance to prove he belongs amongst the Sons of the Sands. Everything You Need Though he left the Desert years ago and is set to become the next Advisor to the King of Tavamara, Ikram spends most of his days feeling out of place, living a life of civility and calm that is nothing like the Desert he left behind.
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