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High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath - and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who'd gotten what he wanted.

Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he's respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they've kidnapped - the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn't forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.

©2016 Megan Derr (P)2017 Less Than Three Press, LLC

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A very good sequel

If you enjoyed the first book, you will not be disappointed in this sequel, the author has done a great job creating this world.

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Interesting

I really like this series in audible looking forward to the next book to listen to

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Not as good as THKGT but it has its own appeal!

Wow. I'm not even sure how to start this! This has been on my Netgalley TBR for about 2 years now (I KNOW IM TERRIBLE). It wasn't until recently where I decided to read it. I checked out The High King's Golden Tongue and LOVED that book. When I read the summary for this one, I realized we probably wouldn't be getting much of Allen and Sarrica, since this book focused on Lesto's romance. But I wasn't put off since Lesto was a character I really wanted to learn more about.

In comparison, this book wasn't as good as The High King's Golden Tongue but it did have it's own appeal. In this story it's been awhile since the events of THKGT (about a year I'd say) and we follow Lesto as he wakes up tied up and far away from home. Quickly realizing he's been kidnapped, he tries to find a way to escape except he's completely drugged and ready to be sick. Luckily for him, his kidnappers stop along the way to get the carriage fixed, where he's reunited with the pirate who punched him and who he had a one night stand with. Shemal ends up helping Lesto escape and the two try to get back to Harkenesten but end up mixed in with some political troubles.

I think the reason I didn't like this book as much as THKGT is because of the romance. While I liked Lesto and Shemal together, it just felt too random and instalove. I remember the whole being punched thing since I only just finished THKGT but then being told the two slept together and that Lesto had been pining for Shemal feels too convenient (though even if he had, we didn't see him A LOT or into his head in book 1 so maybe it's all good??). I felt like them pining for each other and then jumping to creating a future together was a bit fast.

Something else I found a bit off putting was how violent Lesto was in this book. We knew he had a temper in THKGT but it always came off as bantering. In this book I had to pause with how he acted with Sarrica, especially since we're now in his head and it felt like there was intent behind that anger sometimes. He was also rather violent as a commander but that I didn't mind as much. Though I do find it kind of funny how these guys who sound like they're #1s keep getting into such trouble.

It was definitely a more fiery and passionate type of couple this time around, which was nice, but also I just found it hard to connect to either character. I also felt like the story here was a tad less developed and things seemed to clear up rather quickly by the end of it.

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Not as good as first book, but still entertaining. I loved the ending so much

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Excellent story

I love this series and this book had everything I expect from Megan Derr. the audio version was well done and added to the story.

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  • Becky L
  • 12-19-17

Brilliant book, brilliantly narrated

This is the second book in The High Court series and it's as good as the first. This story is a little less adventure and intrigue (but still enough to add substance) and more about the developing relationship between Lesto and Shemal, which is simply beautiful and feels authentic and earned.

A great listen, with the narrators understated but effective narration. I loved it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-17-17

Book 2 doesn't dissapoint

Really enjoyed book 2 of Tales of the High Court. Not as long as High King's Golden Tongue story but just as good. Loved to hear how the characters from book 1 are progressing. Great to get Lesto's story. Shemal is a side character from book one, I had forgotten his link to Lesto until I re listened to book one but was great to hear their background story and I loved this continuation. Can a strong, powerful, educated militry man love a rough ex pirate? Listen and find out! Can't wait to listen to book 3. I may read it first as usual but I feel for me Michael Stellman brings such depth and feeling to his naration I really enjoy listening to this series. I would reccomend but also would say book 1 needs to be listened to first to really enjoy it.to the full.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-18

A little short but absolutely delicious.

This is my favourite series and this was an excellent second book.

I highly recommend this.