Title: Family of Lies: Sebastian
Author Name & Publisher: Sam Argent (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 18, 2015 – 324 pgs
Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.
Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.
Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.
This is a very fast-paced and entertaining story with great world development.
Sebastian is a great character. He is witty and sarcastic while also being brave and honorable. Turren is a perfect Prince Charming, romantic and brave, but it was fun to see his sneaky naughty side come out as he worked to woo Sebastian. Their romance is amusing and sexy.
I love the way the plot twists and turns. It isn’t predictable at all, and that is very refreshing. By the end I came to love the whole bickering, devious Orwell family, and that surprised me.
I have a small complaint about the book. At times I felt like clarity was sacrificed in order to keep up the fast pace. There is s fairly large cast of characters and I felt myself lost a few times. This got easier as I got further along into the story.
This is a complete stand-alone story, but I truly hope there will be a sequel. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a M/M romance with a strong high fantasy plot.
Sam Argent is a speculative fiction and romance writer who worships the magic picture box and chocolate. She can be found in the American Deep South, hunched over a laptop trying to figure out weird sex positions. Her stories feature tales of love unrestricted by gender, other worlds where gay marriage is the least of anyone’s worries, and characters who would love it if she stopped torturing them with adventure.