Author ~ Logan Taylor
Publisher ~ Less Than Three Press
Published ~ 9 March 2016
Genre ~ Fantasy, M/M/M Romance
When his homeland is conquered by invading barbarians, Nessir winds up not dead, but instead serving the new kings much as he once served his own. Though at first he is terrified of what they will do, across the palace and through the kingdom, Abaidas and Ophion swiftly begin to make improvements their predecessor neglected. And though a married man should be off limits, Nessir finds himself falling for Abaidas anyway—and is astonished when the interest proves to be mutual, and to learn that Ophion has no objections to Abaidas taking a lover.
But just as Nessir is settling into his strange, new life, he stumbles across an assassination plot—a plot he cannot speak of for fear of his sister's life, unless he can convey it in a way that will not get him caught. In an act of desperation, he throws himself at Ophion, and under guise of being lovers the two work to protect the man they both love. And all the while Nessir tries to ignore the growing wish that Ophion's affections were not merely a ruse...
Freya’s Book Brief
Nessir is the slave who’s country, Stateria is beaten in battle by the people of Jitu – lead by King Abidas. At the king's right hand is Ophion, who is also the Kings’ consort. Nessir faces his own warring feelings.
This AU story contains a mix of ancient cultural aspects from Europe, Africa and Asia.
Where Loyalties Lie, is a well-written story that flows nicely. It had all the elements of a tale that should have gotten me on the edge of my seat. Sadly it didn’t. For me, it lacked something, though I can’t put my finger on what. Maybe it’s because I’ve read some stories recently of a similar ilk. While the other stories were novels and thus able to go into more depth - I think I expected a shorter punchier version of that. Perhaps the length and level of content stopped me from getting vested in the characters. Maybe it needed a bit more shock value to get my emotions running. I just don’t know.
What I do know is that the characters were good. My favourite was Ophion. And if you want a story that WON’T take days to read, but has the elements of, men, armour, and an Arthurian feel with a touch of Eastern culture, this is a good one for you.