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With Pride (Princes of the Blood) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Megan Derr

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When his sister falls ill, Kristof is ordered to assume a duty never meant for him: become the Duke of Stehlmore and marry a notorious Prince of the Blood. It is one of the oldest honors and duties undertaken by his family, but Kristof feels only resentment that he must leave behind all he knows to serve an arrogant half-demon.

His resentment must be set aside, however, when evil is found lurking far too close to the castle—an evil that has many pieces, controlled by someone they cannot find and who always seems one step ahead of them. Someone who seems to think that demons are little more than toys ...

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Start 26 avril 2014
Par Silvergriffin - Publié sur
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Revised review - I somehow missed that this was the second in the series and the first is "Of Last Resort". I recently read it and while this book was published second, it gives the background information on Kristof and Håkon about events that happened 3 years before "Of Last Resort" so if you read it first you know much more about the world they inhabit. I think the book description should state that it's a prequel of sorts. I still want to read more.

I purchased this book because I've liked this author's previous work and the description.

It's a great start. You start to find out about Kristof, son of the High Priestess of the Temple of the Sacred Heart and current Duke of Stehlmore, and Prince Håkon and their families, what motivates them what their lives are all about.

You start to know about the inhabitants of Castle Gulbrandson and the interesting world they live in. And you start to learn about a mystery involving sacrifices and an evil plan.

The world building is fantastic and I can't wait to read more. For them to develop a relationship and get to know each other and end the evil plan. I hope it takes four or more books. However better editing please. Unnecessary errors are distracting.

A great start to what I hope will be a great series.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good, and less frustrating than Of Last Resort 24 août 2014
Par M. - Publié sur
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If you're here reading reviews, you may have seen the review I typed up for book one in this series, which was an exercise in contradiction; I both loved it and hated it and I practically spontaneously combusted from the mental friction created trying to reconcile all my feelings about it into one (ostensibly) coherent review. Fortunately, book two here doesn't inspire quite that same level of emotion or ambivalence, and I was able to sit back and enjoy the story in a way that my preconceived notions prevented with book one.

Part of me wonders if typing this up is even worth the time; either you read Of Last Resort (Princes of the Blood Book 1) already - which would be the primary driver in deciding whether you're going to continue the series - or you haven't, in which case you'll realize this isn't the first book and you'll amble over to the series beginning. Nevertheless, for those few undecided folks, here are my (spoiler-free, except in the most general ways) thoughts on this second volume.

The point of view switches (or, more accurately, the lack of point of view switches) that so baffled me in POTB1 are back. Probably partly because I was expecting it and partly because of differences in the story line, I didn't find it quite as jarring this time around. Here, part one - roughly half the book - is from one character's POV, and part two is from another's. I could actually appreciate the time spent with Hakon in part two since he was portrayed as such a [redacted] in the beginning; we needed to hang out with him and see through his eyes to witness his humanity. However, it makes the ending of the book kind of a disappointment.

See, this is more of a prequel than a sequel; this book is the beginning of one of the relationships we were introduced to in POTB1. The problem is that in POTB1, a major plot event was described (in a "you need to know that this happened in past so you're aware of this history of these two characters" sort of way), and in those initial history lessons, the reactions of the king and the princes of the blood were described, and the credibility of the character involved was called into question, and it was made to sound like a real dramatic climax involving a heroic rescue against all odds.

So what does Derr do? She doesn't switch back to the character who's trying to get everyone to believe him and mount a rescue mission when all this is going on. We got the bare bones in book one, so I suppose we didn't NEED to see all the tension and derring-do to know what was going on, but come on. You don't make something sound like a terrific story that maybe you'd like to hear in detail someday and then tell it from the POV of the person who has no idea what all went on behind the scenes. You just don't. Which isn't to say that the other side of the story wasn't also thrilling in its own way, but good grief - had Derr just switched back and forth every chapter or two like normal people do so that the whole story alternates between the two characters, we could have had all of it.

So that bugged me. Another possible negative is how the romance arc, and the story in general, are rather more predictable than they were in book one. I say "story in general" because this is a prequel and we already heard parts of it (and we know who's still alive, etc.), and the romance in particular because the plot devices and tropes used here popular ones. I knew in the first couple pages who was going to be getting married to whom, what some of the problems would be, and how it'd turn out. I say "possible negative" since predictability certainly doesn't bother everyone, but...there really were no surprises here.

I'd also characterize the romance as a bit abrupt. It's hard to describe and stay free of spoilers, but...the feelings between the main characters changed or evolved perhaps unnaturally quickly. Derr did it as deftly as she could, I think, given the pacing, but that doesn't mean I didn't raise my eyebrow at the ending.

Like most of my reviews, I elaborate a lot on the ways I think the story fell short or could have been improved, but that shouldn't be taken to mean I didn't like what I read. And there's plenty of greatness here. To continue with the comparisons, I was furious at the scope and pacing of POTB1. It had the scope of a five-volume epic, and the pacing had to be at warp speed to keep the story down to regular-novel size. The scope of this one is much more realistic. Derr doesn't try to pack an entire trilogy of 700-page books into 250 pages - this book's story is suited to its length, and moves along at a far more appropriate pace. That was a relief.

The writing itself, the use of language, remains as excellent as I've come to expect from this author. I may be disappointed at times in the choices she makes, but I will never be disappointed in her ability to string words together.

And maybe most importantly, aside from quibbles about technique and apt characterizations, I really liked this book. A lot. I liked the characters, I liked the magic, I loved the setting... It's exciting and immersive and I ate it right up. Perfect it was not, but if you're a fan of fantasy, or m/m romance, or just a really good tale, I suggest you give it a try. (After you finish book one, of course.)
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great characters in a world that's still as fascinating as it was in the first book. 23 juin 2014
Par JC - Publié sur
I really enjoyed this. Slightly more than Of Last Resort. I say slightly because even though I found Hakon infinitely more interesting than Raffe, and while I did like Kristof, Alrin is still the most awesome of them all (and who made an appearance in this book!).

For anyone who read the first book which had a fair bit of smut, this book has none. Just getting that out of the way. Yes, this has an m/m romance in it, but it's not the focus of the story. This is more like a fantasy novel that just happens to have an m/m pairing.

I liked Hakon and Kristof's hate-at-first sight. And while they never got down and dirty, they did have a couple of very sweet/hot kissing scenes. It was a shame the book ended before they got married though... I kind of want to re-read Of Last Resort as I remember Kristof being in that one a fair bit.

I don't know if I should warn people about the gore? There's a necromancer in this story and he's extremely vile. Reminded me a lot of Hannibal Lecter. You know, that scene where he opened that guy's skull and started picking pieces of his brain and cooking it in front of him? Yeah, that but add more blood.

Certain aspects of Hakon's backstory mirror Raffe's. They both had brothers who were supposed to undertake the Blooding instead of them, but due to (tragic) circumstances both brothers couldn't meet their obligations.

I would have given this 5 full stars except for the fact that it had editing issues in the form of repeated or missing words, stuff that usually happens when a writer decides to rephrase or use a different word while writing and then forgetting to remove the original, that kind of thing. Nothing major, but threw me off sometimes.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series which I've already preordered.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 antagonistic marriage partners turned lovers 17 juin 2014
Par Books on Silver Wings - Publié sur
Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog.

This is prequel to Of Last Resort and focuses on Hakon and Kristof. Kristof is forced to leave his homeland and marry a Prince of the Blood, Hakon. The wedding is stalled when it turns out he is allergic to demons and being near Hakon is painful for him. Attacks by demons have increased and the Princes discovered missing newborns that are sealed with demons. As they try to figure out the mystery and stop the demons, Hakon goes missing in action after a sea battle and pronounced dead.

Part 1 of the novel is about Kristof meeting Hakon and how their relationship improves. Kristof dislikes Hakon for being inconciderate and bratty but is still unwilling to marry him for the sake of duty. Hakon dislikes Kristof's arrogance and attitude towards the Princes of the Blood. However, he is also forced into this marriage. I don't think they have chemistry in this arranged marriage, but they can be the best of friends and they are starting to not hate each other by the end of the Part 1. The budding romance is well written and believable, but it doesn't progress further in Part 2.

Part 2 of the story is from Hakon's point of view and about him tracking down a mad priest. He enlists Erzsebet (a new character) to help. Kristof appears out of nowhere at the last, critical moment before Hakon was to die and saves the day. This part of the story can be better planned. I would like to see Kristof and Hakon working together to solve the crime and get to know how Kristof is functioning without Hakon (instead of being told this at the end of novel). Also, I dislike how Kristof's allergic reaction to Hakon just needs to be endured so he gains tolerance to the pain. I wish a solution is thought of for this issue or at least convince me that their love is worth a lifetime of pain.

I like this story less than Of Last Resort. There are more loose ends and the mystery is not as well planned. The mystery of missing babies being used to spawn demons turns into a mad priest eating fresh organs by killing the populace. There are too many ideas trying to merge into one that the story isn't cohesive and flowing.

Nonetheless, I enjoy this story and the adventure that Hakon goes on. This explains how Kristof and Hakon's relationship came to be in Of Last Resort. The world building is still amazing and the actions of the mad priest is chilling. I would definitely recommend this story for fans of the first book and of antagonistic marriage partners turned lovers.

*review copy received in exchange for an honest review*
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰ 14 juin 2014
Par PrismBookAlliance - Publié sur
4 out of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

I have to be honest, I am a wimp when it comes to anything remotely resembling horror. I had to sleep with the light on for a week after I saw The Exorcist, so the fact that I’m kind of obsessed with this series surprises even me. I really wouldn’t characterize them as horror per say, but there are elements that are gruesome and give me the heebeegeebees which is close enough to horror in my book. I don’t read horror so I’ve no clue how the creatures stack up against others in that genre but they are creee-py to me.

With Pride can be read as a stand alone though some of the characters from Of Last Resort make appearances-Telmé, Korin, Alrin. This is a tighter story than the first, less epic in scale. It splits pretty evenly between adventure and romance. The relationship development between Kristof and Håkon is one of enemies to lovers and is one of my favorite themes. I liked that both characters are not what they seem at first glance. Ms. Derr again does an excellent job of giving the reader adequate time from both of their perspectives to flesh them out.

Kristof is seemingly full of pride but really insecure and lonely. Håkon is seemingly indifferent, maybe even callous but really masking an enormity of pain. How they misread each other and snipe at one another but are loathe to feel anything less than attraction for one another made With Pride a really good ride. Size difference between protagonists is also another hot button for me and that one got pounced on here.

“Goddesses knew he wanted to climb the man, rut against him, see what it was like to be held close, held down, by all that mass and muscle.”

The adventure keeps the suspense up and propels the story forward. There are also some great new secondary characters that added positively to the experience.

What was disappointing was the editing. My God are there a ton of silly mistakes. Extra words, missing words or ‘that’ instead of ‘an’ that kept pulling me out of the story. Annoying. I don’t remember there being this many mistakes in Of Last Resort. Another thing that niggled was the Njål thing. I don’t want to spoil but it didn’t sit well relative to Kristof.

With Pride is another winner by Ms. Derr in my book. Highly recommend. It is very chaste though so for the hardcore smutters, you *might* be disappointed with the lack of sexy times.
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