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A Taste of Gold and Iron
by Alexandra Rowland
Pub Date – 8/30/22
I very much enjoyed this MM fantasy book.
The unique magic system, the political intrigue, histories of different regions. But can I say WOW matriarchal system! I’m so fascinates by the female Sultans and all children they have are their own and they just have body father’s that have no rights to those children. The prince has his own powers but the female becomes Sultan over the male heir.
Kadou the prince feels so much and after being told of all his responsibilities at a young age he gets very anxious when he gets overwhelmed with the impact of his decisions. Love all of his sides he is such a full character. Also, his slow burn romance with his seemingly cold new personal guard.
Totally recommend! There’s a whole investigation, political intrigue, double crossing, amazing world building with the slow burn romance and magic.
❓ Do you review as you read or when you finish? I tend to do both. I like writing something mid book and then updating it and sometimes it’s hilarious how I think it will go.
The Goblin Emperor meets “Magnificent Century” in Alexandra Rowland’s A Taste of Gold and Iron, where a queer central romance unfolds in a fantasy world reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire.
Kadou, the shy prince of Arasht, finds himself at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court—the body-father of the queen’s new child—in an altercation which results in his humiliation.
To prove his loyalty to the queen, his sister, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds, with the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer, who seems to tolerate him at best. In Arasht, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy, and the conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom’s financial standing and bring about its ruin.
Thank you tordotcompub and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.