Title: The Blacksmith Prince
Author: Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy M/M
Page Count: 290
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake.
Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them – Jehan.
Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own…
A fairy tale kind of story with a light romance. I was happy that the story picked up in the second half and I started to enjoy this more than the first half. So 3 stars it is.
This story is set in the magical country of 17th century France, where magic is feared and witches are burned, but where the Fae and other magical creatures rule the forest.
Jehan is a young fisherman with the ability to do magic. But while his grandmother is telling him to develop these abilities and take over for her when she’s gone, Jehan wants nothing to do with it.
Not everyone is fooled by Jehan and his denial about everything magic, since Giraud, the blacksmith’s son, comes to Jehan for help. Giraud knows Jehan can see all magical creatures, because Giraud can see them too.
Giraud asks Jehan to help him because he feels his parents have been cursed. When Jehan visits Giraud’s parents, he sees it is a very complicated curse and agrees to help Giraud.
And that’s how both of them leave the small village to go on a magical quest, looking for a way to help Giraud’s parents. They encounter all kinds of magical creatures during their journey, as well as some dangerous Fae. And while they are both trying to survive, they are also slowly falling in love…
While this is definitely a colorful book with its descriptions of this beautiful country, one thing bothered me and kept me from truly enjoying this book. I felt as if Jehan had no personality. This story focusses mostly on everything these guys do or see, but not on inner thoughts. Jehan didn’t think about anything it seemed. Yes, he had the occasional thought about Giraud, but that was it. I couldn’t have said if Jehan was bold, shy, easily angered, or what he liked to do when he was not off rescuing people. I don’t like books with too much inner musings, but I would have loved to read about Jehan’s feelings every once in a while. Even Giraud had a personality, while we never even got his POV.
As for the romance, there wasn’t a lot of that. These guys acknowledge their attraction at the beginning of this book and become friends. But readers will just have to do with some kisses. It’s not that this story is entirely unromantic, because there is talk about true love, and I really liked those parts, but I can’t say there really was a lot of relationship development (don’t worry, there is a nice HEA and they do end up together).
The second half was a bit more action-packed and definitely more interesting. I loved how badass Jehan got at one point, so that’s what kept my entertained.
I think this book will appeal to people who like fairy tales and magical stories, but don’t really need a lot of romance or sexy times.
While I liked the second half more and ended up enjoying this magical journey, I was missing some real character and relationship development. The ending was nice though.