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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 and throws him out of court.

High King Sarrica is ruling an empire at war, and that war will grow exponentially worse if his carefully laid plans do not come to fruition. He's overwhelmed and needs help, as much as he hates to admit it, but it must be someone like his late consort: a soldier, someone who understands war, who is not unfamiliar with or afraid of the harsher elements of rule. What he doesn't need is the delicate, pretty little politician foisted on him right as everything goes wrong.

©2015 Megan Derr (P)2017 Less Than Three Press, LLC

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Great book. Audio does it justice.

Have you listened to any of Michael Stellman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm very happy that Stellman decided to drop the accent he tried to do in "Tournament of Losers" (also by Derr). There are few things that irritate me as much as this weird notion that audio fantasy books require British accents.

Especially since this is one of my fav books by Derr, so I'm glad I'll be able to re-listen many times without having to suppress that irritation.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A must read.

Derr' s descriptive text allows her readers to get up close and personal with the characters. This book is a perfect example of how a world could be envisioned if we could accept each other on our on terms with the recognition that who we are and who we choose to love is both an empowering and miraculous gift. Can't wait for her next book!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeffrey
  • Austin Texas, United States
  • 10-29-17

Different ... Odd

This book's approach to same sex romance was very different. The best part were the affectionate "manly" relationships between the main male characters as well as the fact that women play an entirely different and unexpected role. Don't read this book for any kind of sexual surprises. There are none. It has no real BDSM themes, just subtle and very sparse hints of kink. The author's command of world creating is top notch, but still bizarre. That's why the mid-level rating. I'm still not sure that I like the book, not sure that I don't. I am not inclined to read another from this author. Oh ... Michael Stellman's narration made this book more than it could ever be with just print.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic story with a next-level good reader!

If you could sum up The High King's Golden Tongue in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic, Layered, Different

Who was your favorite character and why?

Allen for sure. He has a poker face that people can't really read but inside his mind, he is steadily doubting everything and constantly thinking through every situation. At first, I was a little irritated with Sarrica for being so callous but the fact is that miscommunication is the cornerstone of any good story.

Which character – as performed by Michael Stellman – was your favorite?

Commander Lesto. He's kind of an anti-hero. Someone who you'd think was a surly jerk but secretly has a heart.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The man who understands every language in the room holds all the power.

Any additional comments?

This story was so rich and layered, with its own history and lore, I found myself hungry for more information about the surrounding kingdoms. The characters were extremely interesting. I wanted to know all of their stories. The narrator made the story immersive and extremely enjoyable. I NEED THE REST OF THIS SERIES ON AUDIO RIGHT NOW, PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

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Great Story!

Love this story and series by Megan Derr. Although the narration was adequate, I have come to expect narrators to give unique 'voices' for each character (like narrators Gomez Pugh & Greg Tremblay). Unfortunately, that really was not the case here. If I was not already familiar with story, I may have gotten a bit confused because there was no real difference among the character voices when they were all 'talking' to each other.

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  • Heather
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 05-25-17

Good short story to great novel

in 2012 this,was,a greaat little short story. I loved it then, but Megan has done an outstanding job at rewriting and expanding the original. I love this new book, and am going right back for a second listen.

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Great Storytelling

Epic story with good characters is the hallmark of this tale. This a definitely a must buy for LGBT fantasy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Delightful!

Delightful! Arranged political/royalty marriage, slow burn romance, politics and intrigue. I enjoyed the focus on language/translation with a diplomat-linguist as one of the main characters. I enjoyed the High King's snark with his brothers-in-law/arms as well. There wasn't any pointless miscommunication plot line stuff, and the lack-of-communication/assumptions issues were typically quickly resolved and reasonable for the characters rather than drawn out annoying.

I enjoyed the plot, the world building, the cast of varied characters and the reading overall. I definitely hope future books in this series are made into audiobooks because I would love to listen to more!

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  • WMG
  • MARIETTA, GA, US
  • 05-09-17

the narrator was great!

I hate to say this, but the book itself was ok very long lots of characters and the storyline was a little confusing. The narrator; however, did a fantastic job and I listened to the entire book only because of his talent.

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Great Story, Decent Read

Would you consider the audio edition of The High King's Golden Tongue to be better than the print version?

I prefer the print version, though I enjoy having the hand-free, eyes-free option of audio.

The audio had some odd pauses, word mispronunciations, and inconsistent name pronunciations.

It bothered me to hear Rene pronounced at "Renn" rather than "Rennay," since the spelling is the same as the French name. And Sarrica's dead spouse's name, Nyle, was not always pronounced the same way.

Also, some of the lines were delivered strangely--that is, not the delivery I would have expected from the context of the dialog. It made the dialog seem awkward or stilted sometimes.

However, Michael Stellman has a pleasant enough voice, and his overall read was not bad.

What other book might you compare The High King's Golden Tongue to and why?

This book is pretty unique. I can't think of any I've read that would be similar. That is part of the appeal.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Stellman?

I would listen to another book narrated by Michael Stellman. The things about his performance that bothered me were not enough to stop me from buying another audiobook narrated by him if the book itself interested me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was, though it was too long to manage it.

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  • Becky L
  • 05-08-17

Wonderful audio

I loved the print version of this so I already knew the story. However, the audio really brings nuances of the difference characters to life that I hadn't really picked up on in the book before, such as Lesto's softer side and Sarrica's frustration. I am looking forward to rereading the book again to see if it feels any different - although it will still be a 5-star read for me.

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  • Vorvayne
  • 11-03-17

Can't wait for the next one!

I loved this book so much that I spaced out listening to it just so it would last longer. If you love queer romance, excellent characterisation, pride-and-prejudice style romances, court intrigue, and protagonists with unusual skills, you're in the right place.

I appreciated, too, that it didn't whizz through the plot too fast; portions of the novel took the time to linger with characters I loved and shed a bit more light on the setting that I'd become interested in, but only once I cared about those things. There wasn't a single thing I didn't love about this book, and the narration is smooth and thoughtful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful