Title: The Gryphon King’s Consort
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #10
Author: Jenn Burke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 210 pages
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Love takes flight.
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.
I still remember a colorful illustration of gryphon in the book of collected fairy tales from when I was a child. I was rather curious about the gryphon story for adult me.
Luca is king of gryphons and other mythical creatures. He is proponent of traditional values so when it is time for him to chose a consort, Eirian, who belongs to modernist faction is the Council’s choice. Neither of them gets what they wanted and they struggle on the road to happiness.
From the beginning, the story failed to hold my interest. It didn’t help that I frankly disliked the world the story was set in. Gryphon population mainly consists of males, and all females live as priestess on one island and raise kids. That just rubbed me the wrong way.
Dialogue was stilted and unconvincing, weakening my impression of characters. The connection between Luca and Eirian eluded me. The idea of arranged marriage was a great opportunity for a slow and gradual development of relationship. Instead they jumped into bed. I’m not saying I dislike hate sex, just that it needs a bit more substance to be convincing.
I had to backtrack several times to puzzle out what the characters were saying and there were inconsistencies in the plot. For instance, Eirian participates in obstacle course on the island. The obstacle course is designed so that the winner is the last one still running. However, when another contestant falls down and pulls Eirian with him, Eirian is hurt. Um, wait a minute. If competitors fall down until only one of them remains on the course, isn’t it designed so that they don’t get hurt?
Eirian was brash and immature and Luca arrogant and self-serving. I couldn’t scrounge interest in either romantic or the story’s overall plot.