Title: The Fifth Son
Author: Blaine D. Arden
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Characters: Llskel, Ariv
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Llyskel is the fifth son of a King, but, unlike his brothers, he doesn’t have a career in politics or the military to look forward to. In a world where everyone possesses magic to some degree or other, Llyskel is powerless, unable to perform even the smallest magic-based tasks. All his life, he’s been under constant guard for his own protection from the magical world around him, much to his annoyance. The only time Llyskel feels free is when he paints, where the only spells he needs are the ones he weaves with brush and paint, capturing moments of beauty and giving them immortality on canvas.
Llyskel harbors a secret wish, though, a dark desire that haunts his nights. Only Ariv, a captain in the King’s army, seems to sense the truth of Llyskel’s needs. The pull he feels to Llyskel is unavoidable, and the passion between them undeniable.
But Ariv isn’t the only one interested in Llyskel. The Queen of a neighboring country expresses her interest in the boy’s talents, but her true intent goes far beyond a love of art. And what she asks may be too high a price for any of them.
Since the blurb really described the book quite well, I’ve decided not to rehash it. The Fifth Son is an addictive, sweet and sexy book from start to finish. I loved all of the characters in this book and was immediately captivated by the story the main hero, Llyskel told. Since the book is told in first person, with his point of view, I really enjoyed his charming personality. He’s an interesting and complex character and experiencing the world through his eyes was a pleasure indeed.
Llyskel is an amazing artist and somewhat of a daydreamer. He’s easy to love and I thought Ariv, who is a masculine, honorable man was a perfect match for him. I truly enjoyed every minute they spent together in this book, and found myself craving more when the story ended. There are several interesting twists and turns throughout the story that kept it moving along quite smoothly and the book itself is a very fast paced read. I can’t help but hope that Blaine Arden will write more about these characters because I enjoyed reading them very much. This is new author for me, and I’m anxiously looking forward to reading more written by Blaine and look forward to reading more! If you enjoy a really good fantasy piece, The Fifth Son is definitely a book that I highly recommend.
Reviewed By: Gabbi