Title: The Heart of the Lost Star (Tales of the High Court, #3)
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Page Count: 4,886 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Kamir is on the verge of losing everything. Knowing full well he can’t meet the ultimatum his parents have issued, he instead finally puts in motion his plans to live completely independent of them. His plans are interrupted, however, by the unexpected return of his despised ex-husband—and thrown even further into upheaval when he ends up comforting the man he’s secretly loved for years.
Jader may not know where he comes from, but he knows where he belongs and what he wants—until he helps rescue some stranded Bentan travelers, one of whom look almost exactly like Jader, throwing his life and everything he thought he knew into tumult. Scared and overwhelmed, Jader flees—and lands unexpectedly in the arms of a man he’s always seen, but never really noticed.
I love this series and all its characters. Megan Derr has a way with words and storytelling, certainly.
This book didn’t ring my bell quite as much as the first two, however. Kamir and Jader form an unlikely bond. Jader is High Commander of the King’s army and Kamir is “just” a random noble’s son. Kamir feels very much out of Jader’s league, while Jader seems to like how Kamir doesn’t put on pretenses and isn’t interested in him because of his rank.
What was really refreshing is that Kamir is a trans man in a world where no once cares. It wasn’t quite as obvious in the first two books, but gender is completely fluid and/or up to individual choice, and the people of this world give zero fucks whom you wind up attracted to. I had no idea Kamir was a trans man from the previous book, and I have a feeling that’s precisely what Derr’s aim was. She created a world where it’s not mentioned as a “thing” because it isn’t. No one cares. Like I said, very refreshing. Parents even say things to their babies like, “I wonder what gender you choose to be” instead of wondering during pregnancy whether it’s a boy or girl. Genitalia doesn’t determine gender in this book.
The reason this book doesn’t get more stars from me, though written so well, is that the MCs are separated for most of the book. This lasted from 44% to 96% (the last chapter). While I enjoyed that they truly fell in love during their absence through letter writing, I thought the separation was just way too much, for me. I wanted more time with the two of them together, especially more than one chapter of reunion.
This series is excellent, and I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy fantasy, even if this one didn’t do it for me like the first two.