09 July 2014 “‘I hate you,’ he said, balling his other hand into a fist as he glared at Korin.
‘Not as much as I hate you.’ Korin tried to return the glare…”
In Despair by Megan Derr
Having read With Pride by Megan Derr, I was excited to see more of the world in the third book in the series, In Despair (I have still not gotten a copy of the first book in the series, but I will eventually because I need to know what happened in that one). As many people will know, Derr is one of my favorite authors, and this world is one of her bests.
In Despair follows High Prince Telmé and his husband High Priest Korin, two of my favorite characters from With Pride, back when they were training for their roles. Prince Telmé is being trained to be a Prince of Blood and Commander of the Legion, however he would have an easier time if actually got along with his betrothed, Korin. They bring out the worst in each other, yet when disaster strikes Castle Guldbrandsen, they must band together to save everyone, and possible pave the way to a happier life together.
Like With Pride, I really enjoyed this book. It was a little hard for me at first, in that the first chapter starts later than With Pride, however, the majority of the book takes place 27 years prior to this. So I was a little confused as I was expecting it all from the past, but once I realized what was happening it worked. It was interesting to see the bond between the two characters grow and strengthen, and get hints at the people we know they turn into.
As with the previous book, the world building is interesting and dark, which means I loved it. We were allowed to see a little more about the Princes of Blood and why pairings are so important for them. Honestly, this is one of my favorite parts. And now I really cannot wait to get my hands on the first book in this series. This book will be living with the previous one on my e-reader!
Final Verdict: A great quick read, with great insight into some awesome characters whilst still expanding the amazing, dark fantasy world.