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The High King's Golden Tongue (Tales of the High Court #1)

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Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless a ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 4th 2015 by Less Than Three (first published May 19th 2012)
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Alex Evstafieva This isn't Mpreg, although some men could bear children (like Nyle and Tara) and some women can sire them (like Allen's mother, if I understood…moreThis isn't Mpreg, although some men could bear children (like Nyle and Tara) and some women can sire them (like Allen's mother, if I understood correctly). There are no explanation from author how it works. Though I don't think that Allen has such ability. When they discussed matter of Tara's supposed marriage, Allen only thought about Princess, not a Prince, because Prince would need heirs, and was surprised when Tara said that he can provide them. If he had this ability himself he would think about it in the first place. (less)
Silas Well, I've only read the first one, but it reached a very satisfying conclusion in its own right, and it seems that the next book follows the story of…moreWell, I've only read the first one, but it reached a very satisfying conclusion in its own right, and it seems that the next book follows the story of a secondary character from the first book, so they seem to be mostly standalone novels. (less)

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Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fr, ng, romance-fantasy
A gifted tongue is a good thing indeed.

Sarrica, High King of Harken, widower, and father is buried beneath court administrivia when his faithful council attempts to find him a new consort. The past is a hard thing to let go.

Allen, songbird or silver tongue? Born a lesser of son Gaulden, he was reared to be a court asset with training in diplomacy, languages and maneuvering. He gets an opportunity he never imagined and pushes forth even when the odds are seemingly stacked against him.

A world on
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-fantasy
This is a substantially expanded version of the original freebie. Like really substantial. Having read the first I could see the bits and pieces of the original that were changed and pieced into this one.

I loved the first version and I love the second version as well.

Prince Allen has a talent for languages. He's been groomed to be an asset to any kingdom and has for the past two years specifically been groomed to be the consort to the High King Sarrica. Too bad Sarrica can't see past his grief
Lilia Ford
I couldn't put this down. I wouldn't say this strays far from the usual M/M fantasy plotline, but I really enjoyed the whole "silver tongue" concept, and how Allen uses his abilities to fix problems and improve peoples' lives. Derr also does a fantastic job shaking up gender roles and sexual arrangements, continually inviting the reader to assume through names or professions that she is talking about one gender, only to surprise the reader with the opposite--a lot of fantasy and sci-fi writers t ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I first read this story in it's short form, and while I liked it I felt like I wanted more. I was thrilled to see that the author had decided to expand this into a full novel, and I found I enjoyed it much more. Seeing events from both character's view gave me a much better understanding on who they were, and how they kept misunderstanding each other. How their past lives, and their experiences shaped who they were
GR just chewed up my review, it's gone :(

Just want to mention quickly, instead of re-writing the whole thing:
Loved the book! Great fantasy, fast paced, full of mystery and suspense and danger. Spies are everywhere, keeping the King and his personal guards on high alert. People disappear, people get murdered, Allen marches into the enemy territory to prove himself. Awesomeness.
Only the awesomeness ends at around 85%. Suddenly the subject of spying is dropped and not one person is concerned about
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful cover for an amazing story...

'The High King's Golden Tongue' started out as a story back in 2012 in the M/M Romance Groups 'Love is Always Write' event on GoodReads and I read the story way back when and then at some point for whatever reason I know not, nor do I really care, why the author made the decision to expand the story into a book. Initially I have to admit I was a little apprehensive because I was concerned that it would feel too repetitive and I'd get bored and end up no
October 2017 reread: I'm pleased to report that this book holds up just as well two years later as it did the first time.

The thing that really struck me this time was just how smart Allen is, and I don't just mean in the "he speaks five billion languages" sense. Allen's figured out who was selling court secrets on the basis of two particular things that people who had associated with the traitor had in their possession, and was able to extrapolate the person's identity based on the cost and loca
anna (readingpeaches)
megan "m/m books are predominantly for women & their enjoyment and gay men shouldn't police how they're written" derr can f*ck right off
So, I read somewhere that this book started life as a short story and then was built up into a full-length novel. And oh boy, you can tell. There's just so much extraneous detail that adds nothing to the story. There are also plots, side-plots, sub-plots; but nothing connecting the story to itself, just a series of meandering and unrelated happenings. The characters have the potential to be quite interesting, but the MCs spend so little time on the same page that I was not invested in them at al ...more
I admit I enjoyed the short free version and was not sure it needed to be lengthened.

But this proved me wrong. This was so much better with added length and a few changes here and there.

I adored Prince Allen and King Sarrica. I've always had a soft spot for guys that are both afraid they are the only ones developing feelings. Watching these two hesitate once things developed was perfect for me.

I did find the names a little confusing at times. Often I would think the name was female when it w
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This is the third Megan Derr book I've read, and I'm starting to think I can't go wrong with her. And like the others I've read, it was fluffy, but it was so much more than just fluff. It didn't slack on the plot or the characters or the writing, but it still just made me smile and laugh and feel happy.

This book was just so damn funny. And the characters were all so likeable. I thought Lesto an
2.75 stars rounded up

I admit that I don't remember much of the original story although I did rate it higher than this one. So I'm going to focus on what I feel about this one, and it will not be influenced by the shorter story. Unfortunately The High King's Golden Tongue didn't work well for me. I was a bit lost with the intricacy of the politics, kingdom and court affairs, as well as various characters thrown my way. Or maybe ... I just didn't care enough.

In terms of characters, I liked Allen
Fantasy on audio, seems to work really well for me...

I first read this book 2 years ago and I loved it wrote it an absolutely rave 5 star review about which I would change nothing and since it was a long one...the word 'rave' usually equals long in my world so here's the link if you're curious...The High King's Golden Tongue

I'm just going to keep it short and sweet here and chat a bit about how much I enjoyed listening to this story on audio narrated by Michael Stellman. I loved listening to t
Original read in 2015, re-read (several) in 2015 and 2016

*Review for BookWinked

Now, you might remember a short story Megan Derr wrote for the Love is Always Write anthology, back in 2012. It was called The High King’s Golden Tongue. It’s one short, but very amazing story. I for one was very happy to hear the author decided to expand it. There was a happy dance involved when I got the ARC to review!

Okay, first things first. The story is greatly expanded. As in from short-ass to long-ass. A lot of
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Enjoyable fantasy in a fascinating world ... I'm looking forward to exploring more in #2. Though I liked the romance, I wanted Allen and Sarrica to have more time together just themselves. Maybe not quite enough focus on the romance for me?
Leta Blake
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished this last night and didn't want it to ever end. Whyyyyyy did it ennnnnnd??? I hear there is a second book about Lesto coming and I will be gobbling that up, yes, but I still need more of these guys. Because...because...because I DO! So to sum up: Loved it. Like whoa.
Wendy F
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
If anyone were to ask me what the best books I’ve read so far in 2015 would be, at the top of the list would be C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince series. From the moment I finished Prince’s Gambit I have been on the lookout for another Fantasy M/M series to gnaw on while I await the final book. Let’s be real, there aren’t a lot of Fantasy M/M books out there to choose from, options are limited. So needless to say I was super excited when I saw The High King’s Golden Tongue pop up on Netgalley. The cov ...more
Michael S.
My feelings on this book are slightly confused. I actually enjoy being inundated with details on fictional geography and politics, so the world-building was a plus for me. Allen and Sarrica grew on me, and the main cast in general was easy to like. Also, I'm a sucker for an enemies-to-lovers theme, and Allen in particular was a lot of fun.

There are a couple of things I'm not really sure about, though:

- Apparently at least some men in this universe can bear children. I don't have an objection to
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This I loved. Wow. I am so excited to see that there is another book coming out and coming out really soon!

Very good. I must go find more books by this author, now.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I like to read all kinds of genres, fantasy romance is my favourite. Reading it somehow calms me down and quiets all the unrest in me. It’s so peaceful and I can get really lost in another world. It’s wonderful.

The High King’s Golden Tongue accomplished this for me, too. I had a great time reading about Sarrica and Allen and enjoyed spending time with them. It is a very slow burning love between them, beginning with a hell of a rough start, and I really loved that.

I found the plot of the s
Cari Z.
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I crave in a fantasy romance story: complex worldbuilding, interesting characters that are enhanced by the world but not overshadowed by it, plots full of intrigue and political and social machinations, and of course, romance. I like violence too, but it's not necessary for a really good story.

Things I don't necessarily need: lots of sex, a glossary of terms to refer back to when I inevitably get lost, words that I can't pronounce, and BIG MISUNDERSTANDINGS because I read enough of that in
Unfortunately it's been quite a while since I read this, so I can't leave a detailed review at the moment, but I remember I enjoyed it! Good characters, interesting plot. Bearing in mind I prefer dark/gritty fantasy, this wasn't it and I seem to remember it definitely got even less so towards the end...

However, I did enjoy the read and will look out for Book #2 when it's out - and I will probably have a quick re-read of this one at that point, so will try and add a better review when its fresh i
I read this originally as the short story and really enjoyed it, recognizing it was short and couldn't be super in depth. However, I have been looking forward to this ever since I heard a longer version waas coming and it did not disappoint. All of my favorite scenes (I was worried about losing in the rewrite) were still there, if moved about a bit and the longer story just made me fall in love with Allen and Sarrica all the more. And then to find out a sequel is in the works- be still my beatin ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, favorites
4.5 stars

Wonderful writing, clever plot, great world building, well developed characters. I loved this story and Derr's sense of humor, and look forward to the next one.
Liz (Bugetta)
Why did I wait so long to read this?? It was excellent and I must read Lesto's story now!
Lila Hunter
The High King’s Golden Tongue is an excellent fantasy tale of love, trust, family, and friendship.

The original story, in which this book is based on, was written in 2012 and was around 40 pages long. I read it about two years ago and rated five stars as well. I went back and skimmed over it, and found myself reading further than I first intended. The bones were all there, but this extended version is everything a reader could have wished for and so much more.

The fantasy world the author create
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!

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I picked up this book because I was given the arc of book2 and wanted a broader picture before I dove in and boy was I glad I did!!

This was my first book by Megan Derr and I must say that I loved her truly unique & fascinating world building. I'll admit that it sometimes swamped me with a lot of information but I wasn't overwhelmed either.

When I first encountered Sarrica, I wanted to strangle him. He came across as so arrogant,annoying, and condes
May 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
AT first i really liked this book and had some good expectations. yeah well it turn down hell from there as i read through it it got more and more ridicules that the last 10 % was soo hard to go through i breathed a sigh of relief when it was over the language problem that almost destroyed the kingdom was the most ridiculous thing i read also the relationship development which wasn't there at all between the MC's the way they ''fell in love'' i don't even know what to write the bottom line is wh ...more
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
When looking for a book to fit a challenge category this title showed up.
My first reaction was Hell No, to historical for me.

I was about to click out, but then I noticed the author name and stopped cold.
Megan Derr? Historical feel or not--

I knew I was in for a treat.

The story didn't disappoint. The High King dismisses Prince Allen at first sight. Prince Allen charges into danger to prove himself. But not in an unwise fashion. He wasn't a spoiled prince playing games. He understood what he was ge
**review originally posted on Paper Addictions & Magic**

*actually 3.5*

This book was a light, yet fun, read! I love creative historical fiction settings. Like, not historically accurate or even historically existent, much like Captive Prince and such.

Recommended if you like:

- great character dynamics
- a slower burning love
- historical settings
- miscommunication
- normal historical fiction plots
(this is not a bad thing)



- The best part is the banter and dynamics of the character
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Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she's not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.
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“I'm about to implement a policy of throwing people out the window whenever they make my life harder instead of easier."
"With greatest respect," Lesto drawled, "Your Majesty would have to pitch himself out first.”
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