Title: Black Snow
Genre: High Fantasy
Length: Novel (350 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 7, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Prince Brier Snow has lived in the shadow of King Snow’s exalted memory. However, his fate changes when he nears his majority and Lirend’s steward queen attempts to dethrone him by exploiting an obscure requirement in the late king’s will: a yearlong sabbatical.
Brier travels to the desolate land of Aire to train under the Ceve guild, scorned refugees of war, including their guarded leader, Roland. Brier’s skillful master unlocks hidden potential, and what begins as a dutiful bond turns into ill-fated affection. When Brier returns to the capital, he’s carrying proof of his indiscretions with Roland—and his condition grows more apparent with each passing day. An affair with the huntsman is a scandal Brier’s enemies can use against him, but the birth of an heir is a burden even Brier is not sure he can bear.
Roland Archer, a man with a murky past, is skeptical of the contract to train the prince but willing to do anything for the guild’s freedom. Despite his best intentions, he is smitten by Lirend’s future king. Roland has resigned himself to solitude, but fate has other plans—for him, for Brier, and for Lirend’s oppressed subjects. Can Roland help Brier face a power-hungry queen and a country torn asunder? Either they will bring equality to a land that desperately needs it, or they’ll be thwarted by cunning enemies and an illusory curse.
Review: Prince Brier Snow is sent to Aire to be trained by Huntsmen Ronald and the guild. What he finds is something he never thought he would find. But all is not as it seems and there are many hidden secrets that could destroy the young prince.
I really enjoyed reading this wonderfully written story. The way some of the citizens were treated because of the blood that ran through their veins was deplorable. I truly felt for those who were trapped in servitude with no choice and those who had everything taken from them for one reason or another.
The ups and downs Roland and Brier went through were heart-breaking. Despite those people that would see them apart for whatever reasons they had I still cheered them on. The descriptions were beautifully written and captivated me.
I assume there will be another book with how this one ended. I certainly hope there will be as this book was really good.