Book Review – The Cursed Court by Richard Amos

Dark Caress #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 246
Characters: Kormac/Valance
POV: 1st
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
Can there be more to hate than meets the eye?

A journey north. A curse to break. A world at war.

After recent life-altering events, Prince Valance is on a quest to make things better. To undo the afflictions upon him, to find some answers.

But the cursed prince has a long road ahead, and his human companion isn’t making it easy. How in Faerie is he supposed to work with this man he hates, a human who hates him just as much?

And what is this attraction between him and Kormac? All in his mind? Part of the magic infecting them both?

Something else?

A dangerous road lies ahead. There is no choice but to embrace this new situation and keep a steady mind and heart. At least until things change for the better.

But the human…

Oh, the human…

Things should not be this complicated!

The Cursed Court is the second book in a Dark Fantasy trilogy with a slow-burning MM Enemies to Lovers Romance. Enter a world of warring fae and deadly magic, where two souls collide and nothing is as it seems.

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Review

I’m enjoying this dark fantasy series, but be warned this book ends on a doozy of a cliffhanger. I’m already hanging out to find out what happens next. I loved all the twists and turns, and am invested in Valance and Kormac getting their HEA.

The two MCs are flawed and Valance in particular has done some very questionable things in his past. Although at least he has a line he won’t cross, unlike his family, which says a lot for his strength of character. I loved how Kormac and Valance both grow through the course of their journey, and draw closer to each other. I liked how the author used the soul bond to make them doubt their feelings for each other. Or even why they saved each other from death.

I liked the glimpse into Kormac’s past, with them visiting his village and connecting with an old friend. More is revealed about Kormac’s family too, and none of it is good. This book is very much about betrayal and nothing being exactly what it seems. The worldbuilding is rich and detailed, which is what I’d expect from this author, and I liked how he split the seasons into different courts and places as opposed to what they are in our world. I also like the different beliefs between seelie and unseelie. The details add layers to the realism of their world.

The plot kept me turning pages as I needed to know what happened next. I love the twists in this story, and that no one can be trusted. Everyone has their own agenda, and letting your guard down can be fatal.

The goblins are nasty! I wouldn’t want to meet up with one of them.

The old lady shows her true colours and identity, and the reveal wasn’t what I expected. I didn’t see the twist at the end of the story coming either. I want the next book now.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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