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The Heart of the Lost Star

(Tales of the High Court #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Kamir is on the verge of losing everything. Knowing full well he can't meet the ultimatum his parents have issued, he instead finally puts in motion his plans to live completely independent of them. His plans are interrupted, however, by the unexpected return of his despised ex-husband—and thrown even further into upheaval when he ends up comforting the man he's secretly l ...more
ebook, 499 pages
Published August 23rd 2017 by Less Than Three
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fr, ng, romance-fantasy
Perfect timing. After spending time traveling, visiting, and not reading for nearly two weeks this book was just what I needed. Derr always manages to create stories that blend adventure, action, and humor that entertain me.

I had been looking forward to Jader's story, and he is everything I hoped. To say that identify with him is a minor understatement. His upbringing reminds me of my childhood, though to be honest, waiting until a year old is extraordinarily late--I was in the ocean at three w
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

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

This book was so sweet and cute! Just like the others, but maybe even more so. Definitely a comfort kind of read for me.

My favorite thing this time was Kamir. I adored him, and I even related to him in some ways because of some of his struggles and just because of some of his quirks and personality traits. For example, the way he rewrote multiple times the erotic letter he sent is totally somet
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's said that 'we should start as we mean to go on'...

So that's what I'm going to do. From the first book my reviews have started at the cover and this one is no different. Seriously, these are some of the most beautiful book covers that I've seen in a very long time. While each cover is uniquely beautiful. They are also tied to each other by how their similarities. it's a thing that I tend to notice about book covers and while the book cover isn't a factor when I'm rating a book, when it's a
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This book was great, although it is my least favourite in the series so far. Kamir and Jader were apart for over half the book and spent that time communicating with letters. I was waiting for them to meet again that whole time, but unfortunately they didnt until the very end. That whole time I had trouble getting through the Jader chapters. I didn't care at all about his story in Benta, and I got through his chapters by looking forward to when he would read Kamir's letters.

But I love everything
jessica ☾
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a completely unexpected turn of events, this is my new favorite installment from the series?? This was also the first couple where I felt that the progression their relationship was very natural and not rushed, which was nice.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it

While I loved being transported back into this land I have to say I had issues with this one.

The writing and world building were as wonderful as always but I'm afraid once I realised Kamir was Trans things never really felt the same. At the risk of offending people this felt more of a het relationship with the amount of weeping and hair styling going on. I also found myself reflecting on Nyle too. I'm not sure if I'm the only one that never once in the first two books had any inkling that the
Megan Derr adds another perfect and heartwarming book to her wonderful Tales of the High Court series!

The Heart of the Lost Star does not have your typical plot. Similarly to book 1 of the series, the main couple, here Lord Kamir, a young noble on the verge of being disowned and Jader, High Commander of the Imperial Army, actually spend big part of the book apart after their first encounters and getting closer to each other.
It works very well for the plot and the sweet letters they exchange
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Best one in this series, yet! I honestly couldn't put the book down. I loved Kamir - he was so strong, faced so many difficulties with stoicism and dignity...and Jader was perfect for him...I wish they spent more time together. An epilogue would sure be nice.

The author elaborated a bit on the worldbuilding in this book - like, the whole mpreg thing (which is not mpreg at all). But, I have many more questions about the way the system works...
Rachel Emily
4.5 star read for me. This is the third book in this incredible fantasy series, and although you could probably read this one with no problems, I definitely think that having read the previous two will give you a better understanding of the world building and the characters since we see the other two couples from the previous books in here.

Ahhhh I LOVED Kamir, how strong he was in making sure he lived the life he wanted to live and how strong he was for his kids. I also loved that he was transg
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of The Heart of the Lost Star from the author, Megan Derr, in return for an honest review. One of the reasons I enjoy reading Megan’s books so much, starting back with The Lost Gods and Dance with the Devil, is her undaunted inclusion of the full spectrum of gender, sexuality, and relationships. Heart is no exception to this canon. One of the main characters in Heart is Jader, the High Commander of the Imperial Army, who considers himself an Islander, a group not well-respected ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't say that I liked The Heart of the Lost Star. I was ok with the first two in the series and was looking forward to this one.

There were several issues I had with it. 

One is the way that Jader behaved when dealing with soldiers who were on trial or facing punishment. I'm not actually sure if they got a proper trial to be honest. Jader mentions talking to victims but there's nothing beyond that. Obviously, this book is fantasy and exists in a completely separate world from our own but this s
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love most everything Megan Derr writes, this universe is my favorite.
Victoria Zagar
Every now and then you'll come across a book which will make you feel like the author looked into your soul and created a universe just for you. These books are special treasures and Heart Of The Lost Star is one of those books for me.

I really just want to write KAMIR!!! followed up by a whole row of hearts, but I'll try to sound at least mildly professional for the tone of this review, because you probably want to know if you should give this book your time and money. Which you totally should,
I received a copy of this book from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is something like 400 pages, but it only took me three days to read. For those three days, I could think of nothing but how long it would be until I could read it again, and if I wasn't at work or sleeping, I was reading this. As soon as I finished, I wanted to read it again. I haven't yet, but I'm about to buy a finished copy so it may still happen!

This is quite possibly the most s
Nicole Field
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've had the honour of reading an uncorrected version of this novel before its release date and, can I say, people are about to be in for one hell of a wonderful story here. By far, this is my stand out favourite of this series so far.

Both Kamir and Jader have appeared in previous books in this series, but this is when they really begin to connect.

If Kamir is slightly annoyingly pessimistic at times, it is almost always off set by his astonishing sweetness. Astonishing because, as we will see,
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series has become a comfort read for me and after finishing this book, I'm going back to the first one and rereading them all. My only comments are that I wish a map had been included with this book. I always like to look thru the maps to see where someone travels, and the descriptions of the clothes and jewelry are so detailed I'd love a chance to see what they would really look like.
The story is extremely enjoyable, even for all the back story of abuse and death. I will say it never occu
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not quite sure why I keep reading this series. The world building is shaky and there’s a lot of telling not showing. But I enjoy the characters and the stories are weirdly compelling to me.

I do love that the main culture is completely accepting of transgender people and every type of romantic or sexual pairing between consenting adults.

This story is the first in the series with a trans main character - he bore twins with his horrible ex. There are a lot of tough things touched on - mostly
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
1. The culture and politics in this world are very interesting, and I want to see more of it. I don't usually see fantasy worlds where gender is presented as a personal choice and the narrative treats the entire system as normal. Also, the significant cultural differences between various countries and how they affect their citizens- not a theme that's going to get old soon.

2. The romance was unobjectionable, but most of what I liked about it was that I was glad the protagonists were separated fo
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtiaq
Más bien 3.75 estrellas.

Me cae bien Kamir, y pesar de todos los abusos que ha sufrido por parte de su familia y ex marido y de tener bajones por creer no ser capaza de seguir adelante, lo consigue, le ha dado una buena vida a sus hijos, los cuales han crecido felices y queridos. Y me alegra un montón que, después de lo ocurrido con Theoren haya aprendido y no espere nada de Jader, aunque sabe que cuando lo suyo llegue a su fin le dolerá, pero será capaz de superarlo y seguir adelante. Por sus ni
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
This was wonderful. The best kind of hurt/comfort. It was nice to revisit with the characters from the first two books, this time from a bit of an outsider perspective. I really loved both Kamir and Jader, and getting to see them grow apart and together was so great.
Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd has struck again! Thank you so much, dear elf :) I love Megan Derr!
Killian Louis
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with everything (or as close to everything as I've ever got) this author writes.
It is the first romance novel with an explicitly trans character (in that the few I've read before simply mentionned at the beginning that so-and-so were trans and left it at that, never alluding in any way to it again, which was weird) that I've read, and I was a bit unsure.
I shouldn't have been.
The simple scene about chest-binding was so...I guess powerful? For me? Because this is what make
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

I love the world created in this series. With each book we learn a little more about the society. This one shines a spotlight on the acceptance of gender fluidity and lack of traditional male female roles . I have to admit to not realizing Kamir was trans until well into the book during a sex scene. It is listed on the site so that’s my bad. It did kind of jar me because I wasn’t aware of it at all until this point making me ponder what I’d read the p
Ashley S.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Hearts on Fire review.

4 1/2 Hearts

This was by far my favorite book of this series! Kamir was an adorable and stubborn delight and Jader was a wonderful combination of strength and consideration. They had great chemistry and watching their romance develop in its unconventional way was a lot of fun. Maybe my favorite thing about their story was that, while there was a great deal of angst and misunderstandings, most of these were caused by outside forces or by the fact these two were separated s
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Bit clunkier than the first two but I still enjoyed it. 3.5 stars

If you are looking for some hot penis-on-penis action this is not really the book for you. If you can't accept that men come in a variety of flavours including ones with long dyed hair this might not be the book for you.

This is not a paranormal book. Some people seem really confused about the men in Harken who have given birth to children. I think it is rather surprising that some people assume because these stories have men who g
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, gay, politics
I received ARC of this book from Netgalley.
Well, that was a great read!
The Heart of the Lost Star is a third book in the series. It can be read as standalone, as it features different main heroes than previous two books. Books are taking place in the same universe and in the same place - High court of country called Harken. You should be able to catch up even without reading previous two books, but I recommend doing so, for two reasons. One is that first two books are great, second is that there
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review for Bookwinked

Heart of the Lost Star was one of my long awaited reads ever since the author posted a snippet on her blog. Since then it’s been a long wait that was most definitely worth the wait!

Kamir is at the heart of this story. He’s slowly been preparing for the moment his parents will disown him and his two kids. Everything is in place, however he gets more than he bargained for when his nasty piece of ex-husband also returns.

But then there is Jader, his long time crush and for the
Melissa Cole
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been eagerly waiting for this book and was not in the least bit disappointed. It read very similarly (to me) to the first in the series and had all the elements in that one that I loved so much. Kamir is a sweet baby angel that needs to be protected, and Jader's graysexual nature thrilled me (as someone of a similar persuasion who rarely sees any representation).

I have to admit, I didn't realize until this book that many of the characters are trans. It made a lot of sense in retrospect. I
L. Layale
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an advanced copy review via Netgalley. I absolutely love the Tales of High Court series. The characters are charming and likable. In this book, we have our main characters being Jader and Kamir. Now, I remember Jader, but I vaguely remember Kamir if at all from the other books. Anyway this is a slow burn title in my opinion. Kamir and Jader spend a lot of platonic time together I think. I was hoping to see more heat, but considering their respective roles, I understand why that wasn’t re ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, let down by editing

I enjoyed the first two books and loved seeing more of this intriguing world, I fully believed the romance between the two MCs in this story and thought it was lovely and sweet. I loved it.

So, I only have a couple of gripes, the first is editing, not just the typos and spelling mistakes, but the grammar, punctuation and flow: I was dragged out of the story a quite a few times because something just didn't make sense and I had to reverse engineer what the author me
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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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Tales of the High Court (4 books)
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