Title: The Prince of the Moon
Author: Megan Derr
Genre: M/M Fantasy
All Solae wants is to be accepted and loved by the family that has always rejected him. But given it was his late mother who cursed the kingdom to eternal winter, the chances of that happening are minimal. If he can find a way to break the curse, however, surely that would be enough to change their minds regarding him.
But Solae is forbidden to practice magic because of his mother, which limits his ability to pursue solutions. Desperate for advice and new ideas, he contacts a famous curse breaker—and has no idea what to do when the unexpectedly shows up, handsome and friendly and dangerously intriguing.
Publisher Note: This story was previously released in Fairytales Slashed Volume 4
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
As someone who likes a fairy tale every now and then and is a big fan of Megan Derr, I was looking forward to this one – and I mostly enjoyed it. It is very sweet, because Solae is very sweet. He’s lonely and isolated and talented and shy, as well as compassionate and deserving of a truly happy ending.
Along comes Millio, the witch who sees Solae for who he really is, and wants to help him not only break the curse but make his own family realise what they are missing. There is a sweetness to their relationship too, although to be honest I never really felt any chemistry between them. It’s very much a fairytale insta-love, especially on Solae’s part, and I also wasn’t certain just how much older Millio was.
Anyway, insta-love aside, the plot unfurls nicely with the enchanted kingdom and the horrible family at first, but the second half unravels quite quickly and left me feeling a touch unsatisfied. We never do find out the truth between the king and Solae’s “evil” mother and I found the brothers to be a massive disappointment. While personally I was all for Solae packing up and leaving the whole lot of them to their icy fate, the way things with the kingdom ended felt rather anticlimactic. There’s no real big resolution of punishment and great reward. I did, however, love Solae’s ending, which was much more satisfying on a smaller level.
So overall it’s an okay read, mostly sweet but with a bit of heat at times, and enjoyable if not quite as satisfying as I might have liked.
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