Novel: Red Heir
Author: Lisa Henry and Sarah Honey
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Part of Book Series: Adventures in Aguillon #1
Summary: Imprisoned pickpocket Loth isn’t sure why a bunch of idiots just broke into his cell claiming they’re here to rescue the lost prince of Aguillon, and he doesn’t really care. They’re looking for a redheaded prince, and he’s more than happy to play along if it means freedom. Then his cranky cellmate Grub complicates things by claiming to be the prince as well.
Now they’re fleeing across the country and Loth’s stuck sharing a horse and a bedroll with Grub while imitating royalty, eating eel porridge, and dodging swamp monsters and bandits.
Along the way, Loth discovers that there’s more to Grub than meets the eye. Under the dirt and bad attitude, Grub’s not completely awful. He might even be attractive. In fact, Loth has a terrible suspicion that he’s developing feelings, and he’s not sure what to do about that. He’d probably have more luck figuring it out if people would just stop trying to kill them.
Still, at least they’ve got a dragon, right?
Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.
This novel was delightful! I’m not sure where to start on the things I liked about it, but I will say this: I finally found a collab novel where the two authors aren’t clashing in style and don’t read like bad RPG. I have no idea which part of this was Lisa Henry (who is becoming one of my favourite authors) and which was Sarah Honey (who’s upcoming works I am very interested in after reading this) which is great.
Red Heir (love the cover, by the way) is a fantasy M/M novel and has all of that and even more. You might expect a fantasy like language (I know I did), but it is very contemporary and I found that to be hilarious.
The novel is filled with sexual innuendos and I liked each and every one of them, even Loth’s jokes. I think he was supposed to be annoying, by all means he should have been annoying, but he was actually funny. Loth is not what I would describe as a nice person, he’s a pickpocket and doesn’t hesitate to claim being someone else when it benefits him. He learns a few things along the way, but I liked him from the start anyway.
Quinn on the other hand was a sweetheart and I loved him and his hair. He is courageous and determined and adorable. He is also open to try all kinds of new things and I was so very happy about that.
Ada, Calarian, and Dave were also great, I liked their personalities a lot and they sure made the whole adventure more fun. I really couldn’t have hoped for a better team to save a prince. Or two. Oh, and I cannot forget about Pie, I would want nothing but cuddle Pie.
Did I leave anyone out? No, I don’t think so.
Looking at the plot of the novel, this is definitely an adventure story, our heroes are on a mission, they encounter enemies, they sometimes get swamped on side quests, and form meaningful friendships.
Or not, that may be a bit of a stretch there. There is not a dull moment in the novel, Red Heir takes you on a journey and along the way a beautiful romance starts blooming.
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