https://www.fictionpress.com/s/318423...The Kotka of Feyn are a cat-like species with a unique biological development - they are born either alpha or beta, dominant or submissive. A vast empire like Akansha wouldn't normally have to worry about succession, but a series of scandals in the royal family has left the youngest son, Tallyn, as the only available heir. There's onhttps://www.fictionpress.com/s/318423...The Kotka of Feyn are a cat-like species with a unique biological development - they are born either alpha or beta, dominant or submissive. A vast empire like Akansha wouldn't normally have to worry about succession, but a series of scandals in the royal family has left the youngest son, Tallyn, as the only available heir. There's one small problem though - Tallyn is a beta.Status: Complete...
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I absolutely adored the first 75% of this book. I first read it when it was a WIP, and since I just discovered it was actually finished, I decided to re-read it and catch up, then finish it. And like last time, I absolutely adored it - but then it took a turn I wasn't a fan of.I'm going to hide my big rant because it contains spoilers, but I don't think it should be a spoiler to say that this story ends up being m/m/m. I know a lot of people aren't fans of it (like myself), and conversely I know that a lot of people are. I don't like defining this story in such a narrow frame as saying it's m/m/m, as it is also a fantastic fantasy, political story with an interesting sociological perspective, but the threeway romance at the end spoiled it for me and brought this novel from a 5 to a 3.(view spoiler)[I just don't understand. To me, the relationship between Prijeet and Tallyn was complex, but Tallyn held no romantic feelings towards Prijeet, although Prijeet did to him. And I really liked that element in it, and how it would effect Tallyn/Hakon. But suddenly having them all come together? I didn't like it at all and I didn't believe it. Admittedly, m/m/m books never interest me, so I wouldn't have read this book if I had known. But I did try to look past my own bias and ideas, and it still didn't seem legitimate to me. Honestly, it ruined the story for me. The story was so focused on Tallyn/Hakon that it made for an incredibly disappointing read. Prijeet always just seemed like an added on fixture to the relationship. I would've liked to see him realise he was mixing his feelings of fierce friendship and loyalty for love, and fall in love with another alpha.I did find the reason for Hakon collaring Prijeet very thin and unbelievable, until it was properly explained and I grudgingly agreed.(hide spoiler)]I did think the world-building was fantastic, though I didn't like how very obviously borrowed from history each country was. I could clearly tell what was based off what, and that didn't seem overly legitimate to me. A lot of these countries in this world would've been in close contact with one another, so their cultures would've been a lot more similar than say, Russia and Egypt living side by side (I don't think the countries with those two influences were actually neighbours, but I have no real idea of the geography since there was no map). For example, Greece and Rome shared a lot of influences because they were so close geographically - yet we saw none of this here, and it came off as lazy world-building. Which is a total shame, since there was a lot of original world-building.I LOVED the character of Tallyn. I loved that he was fighting his instincts and that he was selfless and how much he loved his country. He truly drew me into this story. And I also adored his political interactions. They are all VERY well-written, and not dull and boring at all. It did become a bit cliche at the end, but . . . the beginning was fantastic and I won't deny that!So this review is very mixed. I do think FarashaSilver is a talented writer, I was just left disappointed by the ending of this and this is my personal opinion. I would love to know everyone else's!
I'm not ashamed to fully admit that was one of the best stories I ever read, the society and politics are complex and very original, equally were the characters being very lovable yet having their respective flaws, including no one less than Tallyn who has such a compelling and clear narrative yet is such mystery all the same.His relationships with his family, friends, court and lovers felt fluid, I specially loved his sibling-relationships, even better with (view spoiler)[the twist with Raja's return. (hide spoiler)]Polictics were awesome, managing domestic affairs to interstates ones, it was greatly portrayed each country and their differences in cultureI must say at the beginning I expected Tallyn would take (view spoiler)[only Hakon(hide spoiler)] as his lover, (view spoiler)[ which made divided me since I loved his interactions with Prijeet as well. I really didn't expect he'd take both Prijeet and Hakon and I'm very glad. Even more since it did not felt forced and I clearly could see the necessity of both them in Tallyn's life (in opposition of what happens in lots of threesomes where the MCs get together because of lust and their interations don't seem believable or they could work better as a twosome) (hide spoiler)]The end was beautiful, leaving no straws. My only regret is there's not more.I really wanted to see more of Tallyn and (view spoiler)[his lovers(hide spoiler)] and their new arrangement