Title: The Winter Lord
Author: Jaye Edgerton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 78 pages
Blurb: When Erik, a human scholar and amateur mage, sets out to find Alfheim, the legendary home of the light-elves, he has nothing to lose. His village suffers under a mysterious Unending Winter, and his lover died in a hunting accident while trying to find food. Erik wants to find a way to end the cold, but he doesn’t expect a beautiful but Winter-cursed fey lord who wants him for his champion—and his bedmate.
Lord Therial is an elemental creature, tied to the land, and the elves of his kingdom revere him like a spoiled but rightful ruler. A spell cast by a rival fey locks him and his little corner of Alfheim into a perpetual Winter that seems connected to the one afflicting Erik’s home. If Erik fails to defeat the enemy, both realms will remain trapped forever.
Review: A little slice of fantasy, romance and sex. Perfect for when you are looking for something light and short.
Erik is in desperate straights when Therial finds him and takes him home to his magical kingdom. Erik is at the edge of death and has lost hope. He’d set out to try to find a way to end the winter that has ravaged his people and left them starving. It was all he had to hold on to when he lost his lover to the dangers of their eternal winter. He thinks he is saved, but he might have been better off freezing in the snow.
Therial is not a nice being. His selfish vanity led him to be cursed and until he found Erik he was not very bothered by much of anything. At first Erik is a game, Therial is bored and Erik is a sexy break from his routine. But Erik is brave, sweet and kind. When Therial demands that Erik play his champion to win the breaking of the curse Erik has no choice but to agree. Therial is delighted and lavishes attention and some very cold, hot sex on his new toy. But Erik’s steady, gentle regard and his refusal to carry grudges or hatred in his heart begin to slowly melt the heart of this frozen elemental.
An enjoyable read that I found to be quiet and sweet. I enjoyed the world building with elves, elementals and magical kingdoms. Erik and Therial’s fall into love is fun and romantic. I love when men are able to express their emotions and actually talk to each other.
Recommended for those who enjoy high fantasy, mythology and a quick, sexy story full of elves and magic.
Reviewed by Nina