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The Fifth Son

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 aroun...more
ebook, Illustrated, 66 pages
Published July 6th 2012 by Storm Moon Press (first published March 8th 2012)
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Macky ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
What a fab quirky little book this was.Perhaps some would class it as fantasy but the way that Llyskel narrates it in his own sweet voice was for me reminiscent of a " Once Upon A Time " fairy-story about magical kingdoms, wicked Queens and Princes and ... well princes, because of course this is m/m and in this world there is no homophobia, people fall in love with who they want and same sex love is the norm.. They also court each other using the language of flowers and they ask permission to co...more

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 hi...more
Serena Yates
A fairy tale from beginning to end, this story about an artistically talented prince who is different from everyone else around him because he possesses no magic captured me from the first page. The whole setting enchanted me as well: secret spots in the forest, water nymphs, a wonderful castle, and a yearning need for love are the perfect background for a story designed to take you away from it all, off into a world where spells and magic are as normal as breathing.

Llyskel is the only one in hi...more
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

3.5 stars

This is the second work I've read by this author and I'm really liking what she has offered. This was a sweet fantasy that touched on a few different subjects without fully committing in any direction. It was like a tapas lunch, light with variety ;) There was a nicely delectable bit of shibari, which was the slow heat in the sex between Llyskel and Ariv, capped with the sharp taste of danger (even though that is technically a relative term to Llyske...more
Bending The Bookshelf
This is one of those stories I really wanted to love, but just couldn't quite get into. Don't get me wrong, The Fifth Son is not a bad read by any means, it just lacked that something special to really find its way into my heart.

I think part of what distanced me from the story is the fact that we're kind of bashed over the head with the fact that Llyskel is an outcast. He doesn't fit in with his royal brothers. He doesn't have a role to play in court. He's an arist in a warrior's world. He lacks...more
Llyskel likes to paint and he does it in abundance, since he has no other duties as a fifth son and prince in his family. His life is even more dull because he is magic less in a world filled with magic. He is doted on by his parents, and protected like a newborn because he has no way to protect himself. So Llyskel spends his time painting, and watching his brothers and soldiers train. There is that odd time when he gets to spend a little time by himself but it takes a bit of scheming and hoping...more
I enjoyed this very much, but I was disappointed that it seemed to end so abruptly. The characters were very interesting. I wish there had been a little more to flesh them out. I admit that by the end I didn't really understand what a "shooter" was. I still recommend it as a very pleasant fantasy.
Stars: 3.5/5

For some reason I had a difficult time sitting down to review this story. I enjoyed the writing, the characters, the world, and the relationship, but I still felt as if something were missing--or perhaps there was too much of something else. Still, the main characters' dynamic is appealing, despite having some difficulties coming to an understanding Llyskel's shooter kink (even being able to make the connection between it and gun kink). A good fantasy setting with interesting...more
Victoria Zagar
Llyskel is a prince who can't use magic in a world where everyone has some semblance of magical power. Considered defenseless and weak, he is guarded wherever he goes and has little freedom, except when he paints. He also harbors a secret desire, something which the knight captain Ariv senses in him and seeks to satisfy.

The Fifth Son was sweet and spicy, a lovely little romance set in a fully-realized fantasy world where magic is so commonplace it is even used to open doors and windows. Llyskel...more

Fairytale-esque, easy read, ends sort of abruptly but actually felt like a much longer story than it was (in a good way).
Andi Anderson
Very sweet story. I liked it a lot.
This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully Jay

Llyskel lives in a world where magic is everywhere, but unlike everybody else, he has no magical powers. As the fifth son of the king, Llyskel is sheltered and protected, unable to serve in the military or go out unguarded, his family worrying that he is unable to protect himself in the face of others with magical abilities. Although Llyskel's passions lie in his artwork, part of him still chafes at the restrictions he faces and wishes...more
In the world where everybody (at least everybody in his royal family, because we are not told as to everybody in his world) has magical skills, Llycel is kind of an outcast. He does not seem to have any magic and I guess this is why his family is so very overprotective of him. He is a talented artist but of course he also wants to feel that he can stand up and fight for himself as all warriors in his family. I think I fell in love with Llycel from the very first pages of this novella. I loved hi...more
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
4 Hearts

First published at MM Good Book Reviews

Llyskel is nothing like anyone else in his kingdom or the country. Everyone else has magic and Llyskel doesn’t and because of that he is protected in and out of the castle. a captain in his father’s army captures Llyskel’s eye and his imagination. Ariv is attracted to the young prince and has guessed his secret desires; he sets out to court the prince and discovers a secret that nobody knew.

I enjoyed this sto...more
May 22, 2014 Ayanna marked it as probably-not  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-maybe
This looked like it might be interesting, but I started it and something about it makes it just painful to read.
Leann Marshall
Sweet, fun and light read. Some light bondage.
Will ponder this one...
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Blaine D. Arden is a purple-haired, forty-something author of gay & trans* romance mixed with fantasy, mystery, and magic who sings her way through life in platform boots.

Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, Blaine spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her Barbies. After seeing the film "An Early Frost" as a teen in th...more
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