The Blacksmith Prince by Beryll Brackhaus & Osiris Brackhaus 3*
BLURB: 17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake.
Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them - Jehan.
Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own...
From Rainbow-Award-winning authors Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus, ‘The Blacksmith Prince’ is an old-fashioned, swoon-worthy historical fantasy romance about tender love in a time when history and fairy-tales were one and the same.
My Review: I received a free copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review. I really strugled with this one to start with but it picked up towards the middle and became a little easier. I liked the hsitorical fantasy aspects and the interaction with the magical beings but I never felt truly involved with any of it. Some of this might be because I took so long getting immersed in the book but, a lot of it was that I never got a good feel for one of the main characters. Overall it was a nice read, especially if you like magic and adventure in an historical setting, but I wish the real action had started sooner to drag me into the story before I got lacklustre with my reading of it.