Title: Betrothed: A Faery Tale
Author: Therese Woodson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 23rd 2015
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 out of 5 flames
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different—except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.
Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.
The faerie world is broken into four parts: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Over a thousand years ago King Flare of the Sun Throne grew arrogant and marched his army against the combined forces of the Air, Earth, and Water. However, in a glorious battle which lasted two weeks the Trio of Elements army obliterated the Sun faery force and the Kingdom of the Sun fell.
To ensure one kingdom never raised arms against the others again, the three remaining kingdoms created an Elder Council. The elder faeries decreed the royal lines must be tied by marriage. The marriage law has kept peace between the three kingdoms for the last millennium.
The story begins with Prince Chrysanths, who prefers to be called Puck, being informed in order to ensure peace between the three kingdoms of Earth, Air and Water the Elder Council is demanding the Earth and the Air to be joined immediately. So Puck’s mother, the Queen has called in the betrothal agreement between Puck and the Air prince. They will have three weeks to get to know one another and then be married.
Puck is stunned and furious and scared and doesn’t want to get married to a stranger. Because Puck is half human, a youthful indiscretion on his mother’s part, he has spent quite a bit of time in the human world and immediately packs and flees to the human world to stay with his father certain the other faerie will not follow him.
It falls to Prince Sky Song of the Clouds to seal the relationship with the wood faeries of the Earth Kingdom. Though he’s not happy with the decision, he is duty and honor bound to agree to the travel to the Earth kingdom and marry Puck. When he arrives and is informed Puck has gone, he immediately follows after him.
Puck was a difficult character for me to like for much of the story. He does finally come around to not being a total waste of skin eventually but the time it takes to get there was painful. Sky was understanding, wonderful, and definitely trying to make the best of a bad situation. Though I liked Sky, he wasn’t enough to make up for Puck’s behavior.
The story has some sweet moments, and a bit of mystery, but it left me bored for most of it, and I wasn’t a fan of the twist.