By F.T. Lukens
Have you ever wondered what happens after the hero saves the day? Look no further – as it turns out, the trouble doesn't end there.
Recommended Age Level: 13+
Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler. So now that he’s finally managed to (somewhat clumsily) behead the evil king (turns out magical swords yanked from bogs don’t come pre-sharpened), he and his rag-tag group of quest companions are at a bit of a loss for what to do next.
As a temporary safeguard, Arek’s best friend and mage, Matt, convinces him to assume the throne until the true heir can be rescued from her tower. Except that she’s dead. Now Arek is stuck as king, a role that comes with a magical catch: choose a spouse by your eighteenth birthday, or wither away into nothing.
With his eighteenth birthday only three months away, and only Matt in on the secret, Arek embarks on a desperate bid to find a spouse to save his life—starting with his quest companions. But his attempts at wooing his friends go painfully and hilariously wrong…until he discovers that love might have been in front of him all along.
This was a really fun read! The premise was really unique, and I knew from the get-go that I was going to love the author's writing style – it was light, witty, and easy-to-follow. The main characters were so fun to follow along with, and I loved the casual representation and diversity. While a lot of the book focuses on Arek's love life, he doesn't have a crisis over being queer – he just exists as a queer person, and it was really refreshing to read that. It was a lovely book!
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