The Lodestar of Ys

The Lodestar of Ys Sjurd is convinced that Celyn of Ys is the most irritating man alive It s a good thing that Celyn is engaged to Sjurd s brother not him because Sjurd loathes the brat and it s quite mutual When an

  • Title: The Lodestar of Ys
  • Author: Amy Rae Durreson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Sjurd is convinced that Celyn of Ys is the most irritating man alive It s a good thing that Celyn is engaged to Sjurd s brother, not him, because Sjurd loathes the brat, and it s quite mutual When an elopement and the threat of invasion force the two princes together, however, they have no choice but to marry and fake true love to keep their countries safe Can warrior SSjurd is convinced that Celyn of Ys is the most irritating man alive It s a good thing that Celyn is engaged to Sjurd s brother, not him, because Sjurd loathes the brat, and it s quite mutual When an elopement and the threat of invasion force the two princes together, however, they have no choice but to marry and fake true love to keep their countries safe Can warrior Sjurd and diplomat Celyn find any common ground

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    1. like an awesome bedtime story as you're falling asleep: over before you want it to be.What hurly-burly this story was! Filled with beautiful imagery and wit and smexy interludes—honestly, I was in love and in rageface extremis all at once.Because it was too good. I wanted to linger—everywhere—but was not given the chance. The story is lean, and dense, but constrained. As if it were a succulent cut of skirt steak trimmed by an overzealous butcher. Which is what happened, I reckon. Trimming. [...]

    2. How is this book free on ? 😱 Seriously, it was soooo freaking good and I loved every single second reading this book. 👏 And the cover, OMG! Love it!!!! 💚 This book was written for the MM Romance group’s ”love has no boundaries” event and it was really creative and awesome. The world building is just fantastic and magical. 😍 And MCs are sooo witty and exceptional. Loved it so much. 💗💜💗 Celyn is the nephew of King Pryderi of Ys and he has long accepted that he’s going [...]

    3. This novella is certainly creative, but the first half really dragged for me. There's just a lot here: evil empire, magic, ogres, flying ships (and yet no electricity), alliances, war, arranged marriage, battle, executions. The romance most definitely takes a backseat to the world building and action/political plot. I enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers trope but wish the MCs had gotten together sooner (like prior to 80%). This would have been 2 stars had it not been for the last couple chapters, whic [...]

    4. 4.5 stars – I thought this was a pretty stunning fantasy read, especially for being a short novel (and free!) Lovely world-building, concisely written to include so much so well without feeling jam-packed. This is very much an enemies-to-lovers story of two princes from two kingdoms who, to align against a common enemy, are forced to marry. The tension was drawn out well, and at 50%, I was left wondering how that Romance-Book-ending was going to come, but that made the journey for cheery diplo [...]

    5. I really enjoyed Amy Rae Durreson's Lodestar of Ys. It's m/m high fantasy. Literally "high", half her setting is a series of floating islands high in the air. It felt almost but not quite steampunk. The sex is explicit but so is the world-building. As an author, Durreson tends towards shorts and novellas, and my only complaint is that I wish this were longer with perhaps more developed side characters. But that's a very minor quibble.

    6. An entertaining feel-good story, but a bit draggy and childish (the writing style as well as the characters and plot) as well. I missed depth overall. The institution of marriage never held much appeal for me. So unfortunately, the main characters having to visit dozens of countries and marry over and over again, didn't make me swoon and smile about fond memories of white, princess dresses and childhood dreams of Walt Disney romance.

    7. I almost didn't read this based on the title. I don't get along well with names I have no hope of ever pronouncing. They make my brain hurt. For some reason it just makes it difficult for me to keep track of who is who. Throw in complicated location names and my brain begins to melt out of my ears. The title (the blurb too) seemed to promise that there would be plenty of these. I wasn't wrong. However, I am thrilled that I read this anyway.This was amazing. I thought the world building was great [...]

    8. Absolutely wonderful. The author manages to create a very involving fantasy universe, with distinct cultures, complex geopolitical conflicts, an array of memorable side characters, 17 different wedding ceremonies (for the same couple), high-skies adventure, and a relationship that evolves over close to a decade--all in a mere 150 pages or so. The descriptions of the floating islands of Ys are particularly magical. The main couple is very likeable, and the author does a great job with the enemies [...]

    9. I ended up calling Sjurd Squirt Squid "Sword". I can't get past Sjurd *sigh*~~*~~I want to read this book for a long long time. Or at least another 2-3 hundred pages :)The story slowed down considerably towards the middle of the book, but it was never boring. It reminded me of Kirby Crow's "The Peddler and the White Wolf" - not rushed, not sprinkled with sex or murder in every chapter, yet still wonderful in almost each and every way.A great enemies-to-lovers progression. The Islands are incredi [...]

    10. I loved the world building, but the characters stole the show for me. Celyn's personality was made so clear through his voice and I loved every snarky bit of it. Sjurd's reactions to Celyn had me grinning but I also liked how his vulnerable side was revealed.The storyline around the battles with the Empire was well done. I felt the urgency, fear, and at times, resignation, but also the determination and flickers of hope.On the lighter side, the wedding trip was a great way to show the developing [...]

    11. I'm always a little hesitant to pick up a m/m romance written by a female author. And no, I'm not among those who think that writers should confine the scope of their creativity to topics they know intimately and/or have experienced themselves. The fact is, though, that most m/m romance written by women that I've read (at least so far: recommendations are more than welcome) felt exploitative and voyeuristic, with an awkward when not offensive depiction of homosexuality (see the overused "situati [...]

    12. Marriage-of-convenience, m-m romance, in a fantasy setting where magic makes ships sail between islands that float in the air. The threat of a neighboring, evil empire more or less forces our heroes to get married against their will, to help protect the good guys against magic-destroying hounds, ogres and invading hordes.I went into this expecting brain candy in a light fantasy setting, predictable, shallow and touching on all of the usual cliches. Nice guy has to marry tall, dark and grumpy wit [...]

    13. Oh Celyn, why did you do it? We were getting along so well up to that point. I knew that silly bickering was just a front and all would end well, but you just couldn't wait. Was it worth it? Yes, it was before you were married, but it marred my reading, so was it necessary? I don't think so, what did it add to your storyline? Anyway, it just cost you a star. You are lucky that I loved the intricate detailing and you and Sjurd together, otherwise it would have cost you a lot more stars.

    14. Bold mix of elements that are diverting and highly entertaining.The worldbuilding is great with a melange of Errol Flynn, LOTR and Peter Pan. I love sailing, so this story immediately made me excited when it turned course during the exploration of the Ys isles. In contrast to Axholme, the militaristic country holding off the Empire's advances, the bucolic beauty is gorgeous and reminds me of sailing island to island in the Caribbean.The development of Celyn and Sjurd's relationship is wonderful. [...]

    15. In my lazy ineloquence (yet undeniable need to review every single bloody book I add on ) I've prepared a dot point summary. Behold the masterpiece *eyeroll*:- abrupt and disconcerting time leaps and progressive dreariness made it a rather difficult and boorish read- I admit I skimmed (especially near the resolution)- depicted the dark wartime atmosphere very well (too well in fact, fluff lover here)- intriguing world and solid and descriptive world building- wasn't a very happy read; little rep [...]

    16. Amy Rae Durreson The first Genre I fell in love with outside of my teens was fantasy. I loved being taken away to another world, another time, another era. It is sword fighting and dragons and kings, best of all I love the ones where the princess has to rescue everyone else but most of the stories have gotten too formulaic and I am like an adult who can't hear the bells anymore or talk to the elves I stopped reading most fantasy books. The Lodestar of Ys brought my first love back to me. It is e [...]

    17. I liked the start of this one, I especially liked the cross between a star wars and a medieval theme, (although that could be just the way my mind saw it lol)But I'm afraid I started to get lost the more I read. The names of people and places were impossible for me to decipher so I lost enjoyment at not being able to pronounce them. I also lost interest in the story thanks to the politics that seemed to take over the story. This was not helped by my confusion over who belonged to which land. Sju [...]

    18. Oh I really enjoyed this! Sweet enemies to lovers story. All the makings of an epic high fantasy story are there. Great world building, interesting magic system, very likable characters and freaking floating islands!! I would have loved to spend more time in this world. Find out more about the empire. More battle scenes. Just more really

    19. What a delightful story! Enjoyed every word of it! The only thing I hate about it is that it's over.I couldn't find any flaw (or if there is any, I've happily ignored it for the contentedness that the story gave me). The story was intricate and detailed, the characters were shaped out and complex. It had the right combination of peril, humor, romantic moments and action scenes. Met all my criteria. And if that wasn't enough it's free!!(view spoiler)[ There was some confusion at first, while I ha [...]

    20. Sometimes I give a meh book three stars because, hey, there's nothing really wrong with it; and other times, I give a great book four stars because it was REALLY GOOD but it could have been amazing. Arbitrary, I know, unfair too, but there we are.The Lodestar of Ys is excellent. It has meaty worldbuilding, a marriage of convenience straight from a classic romance novel, and enemies-to-lovers with lots of snark--it's fabulous. And because it is so good, I was vexed by the things that kept it from [...]

    21. This is a wonderful little morsel of a novella, but personally I think that the story Durreson was trying to tell would need more space to be fully satisfying.It's complete, it's not superficial, it's witty, amusing, adventurous and reluctantly romantic, and the character and relationship development are a delight to witness.It's just a matter of personal taste; when it comes to enemies-to-lovers romance, I like it painfully slow, whereas here it happens almost smoothly, though not unrealistical [...]

    22. Most enjoyable. A high-fantasy style m/m romance in novella form that actually delivers and delivers well. It has a plot, emotionally involving characters, complex world building, tight pacing, sentiment, touches of wit, a smattering of adventure and just the right amount of slow burning sexiness. I sincerely hope to read more from this talented author.

    23. Difficult one to rate. There's a lot of world building here and quite an intense war going on and yet an almost total absence of the human element. There's enough there that I wanted to carry on but at the same time I skipped large chunks of text seeking the sparks of personality. Despite all the interesting world building, technologies and magics which deserve credit, the story itself is actually quite boring. And the threat being 'The Empire' meant I kept hearing the Star Wars theme music in m [...]

    24. 4 very happy starsSuperb (and unshowy) world building, strongly delineated characters, lots of snark, and something close to a HEA. I'd not come across Durreson before, but this free novella tempted me in. Free? For writing this good? It's a bargain. For the money, Durreson gives us a fully realised AU, via a leisurely introduction to the story and characters. A number of reviewers think the intro is too slow. Well, yes and no. In the context of the short page count, yes. But the depth of the de [...]

    25. 4.25*Awesome addition to the LHNB eventIt never ceases to surprise me what amazing and interesting stories are created by the authors in such a short time and with other people's pictures and prompts for this event.The world this is set in is interesting and captivating, the characters were diverse and multifaceted. There was happiness, love. Death and tragedy, sadness and despair and finally hope for a brighter future.The names and places got a little confusing, but that's ok, I just went along [...]

    26. Wish it was longerI didn't get as much time with Sjurd and Celyn together as I'd have liked to. A pity.On the plus side, the world-building is surprisingly solid. I'd love to read a sequel set in this world of floating islands and airships and misthounds The descriptions were beautiful and vividloved it.On the negative side - I was frustrated when time passed and passed and the heroes didn't seem to get closer to each other. The removal of the side characters I've grown fond of also was disappoi [...]

    27. I've got to admit that the premise wasn't all that interesting - I've read this plot too many times before - but the flying ships, magic trees, floating islands and Celyn and Sjurd's thirty weddings completely charmed me.

    28. That was seriously wonderful. But waaaay too short. But it was free. So I'm giving it 5 stars. Fantastic UST. Great banter. Awesome characters. God, I just wish there was more of it.

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