The Queen’s Consorts interested me from the sci-fi standpoint, but I found a different type of story that left me disliking the society that was build in this story. Kele Moon has created a unique society that depends on one woman being the queen that controls the weather.
The planet of Auroria relies on their queen being happy for the sun to shine, for plants to grow and for the general well-being of the planet. From birth, consorts are chosen for their queen, who grow to serve her in all things, protect her and love her. When the young queen is stolen from her crib and her parents killed, the planet turns dark. With no sunlight, the planet has grown in despair. The inhabitants of the planet long for the return of their Queen to restore the balance.
Sari is on the run from Order of the Seven Swords. When she meets a female child named Aria, she ventures to protect her from the slave trade that will turn the child into a prostitute. While protecting Aria from a street gang, Sari is injured, but Aria escapes and brings back Marco, a soldier in the queen’s guard. When Marco sees medallion Sari is wearing he informs the other guards she is a sister to the queen and sent to the queen’s consorts to heal.
The queen’s consorts, consorts, Calden and Taryen, have been groomed from birth to serve their queen when she returns, but also there is a dark underside of this training that only the élite know about. When Marco brings them an injured young lady, they feel mixed emotions. One they hate all sisters for the sexual abuse, humiliation and beatings they have endured. Two, they are drawn to her like no other woman has drawn them. In fact, she is the only woman who they have found attractive. When I say there was sexual abuse, I mean that they have to do things for the women, but they never actually have sex. The two often are made to do sexual acts for entertainment and then punished cruelly. Over the years, they have come to rely on just each other and fall in love.
As the attraction between the three build, there are questions in all their minds about Sari being the queen. As the story weaves along, we learn about the brutality of the Sisters who have taken over in the queen’s absence. It becomes a race against the sisters and time to find the queen and restore some semblance of order to a fallen society.
There is a nice balance between arousing us to a fever pitch to bringing us to a new lows with despair. The passion between the three builds but they all try to deny it until there is no other way. Each will do anything to protect the others and when it comes time to really fight, the men take their duty to protect Sari very seriously. The maneuvering of the evil elements had be cringing wanting an end to the evilness. I loved watching the men bond with each other and find the woman who completes them. There were stories inside of the main story and more than one love connection was made.
The world building was stark at times to be almost brutal in its description. Right away you despair that there will be a solution to the mess. But over time your hopes are lifted little by little as each hurdle is overcome. The culmination to the end left me holding my breath for the end.
While this is a good book, I found myself doubting just how brutal a group of people could be. The disillusions of a few are allowed to lead the planet. It just seemed unreasonable, almost like the outside elements should have overthrown them all and chaos reigning supreme over all. While I like the story, I can’t say I loved it. It just left me wanting something that I can’t define.
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