The Servant Crown

Ice Dragon Tales #3

by Hurri Cosmo

The Servant Crown - Hurri Cosmo - Ice Dragon Tales
Editions:Kindle: $ 2.99
ISBN: B06XBQV88Q
Pages: 50,000

King Diagus of Blade Rain is in a bind. He is duty bound to produce a royal heir and the only way he knows that can happen is if he beds a woman. Definitely not his idea of Happily Ever After. In fact, far from it. Except instead of walking down the aisle with the princess he has arranged to marry, Diagus is off in the wilds of Claymoor Doom. But there’s a good reason. Rumor had it there was someone near Gray Valley with Diagus’s stark blue eyes. A possible relative and therefore an heir? Was there a chance he might not have to marry a woman, after all? Regrettably, Diagus finds no one matching the rumor’s description. What he does find is a heinous, black magic plot for murder and Diagus is the next on the list.

Tama’s pregnant sister claimed to be carrying the child of a king. Not just any king. The mighty king of Blade Rain. She was determined to get out of the very poor house of Hilman and into the lap of luxury. But fate had its own agenda. Sadly, Tama must raise his nephew all by himself after his sister unexpectedly dies in childbirth. It’s not a problem, though. He loves Aydin as he loved his sister – with all his heart.

However, Tama’s lazy and abusive father, Beourn, is angry and extremely disappointed. Being the grandfather of a crown prince, he was looking forward to moving to the castle and living a life of extravagance. With his daughter’s death, that was no longer possible. So, he does the unthinkable. He kidnaps Aydin with the intent of selling him to the rich and powerful king. Tama is stunned he would do such a thing and chases after Beourn to rescue Aydin.

But he doesn’t get far before he is confronted with a beautiful man being viciously attacked. Of course Tama has to help. If he doesn’t the man will surely die. Except Tama quickly learns the man is far more than just someone in trouble. In fact, the man is a king and will change Tama’s life.

Forever.

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Excerpt:

Suddenly those eyes flew open and the man sat up.

“No! Please stay still!” Tama grabbed at him from behind, intending on having him lie down so he wouldn’t reopen his wound. Even sewed together as it was, it could break open and that would undo any of the good Tama had been able to accomplish so far. But all of a sudden Tama was grabbed, thrown to the ground, and pinned beneath the man. He looked up into the bluest eyes he had ever seen.

No. That wasn’t true. He had seen those eyes before. Aydin’s.

Who is this man?

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They both breathed into each other’s face as they stared, one to the other. Tama’s heart seemed to be beating all over his body as he struggled for release of his hands, which were held in a solid grip above his head. Even with as seriously injured as this man was, he was still too strong for Tama. Not to mention the man was straddling him, putting pressure on the one part of Tama’s body that surely did not need pressure. Or friction for that matter. But, honestly, the very strangest thing happening was that Tama was not only unafraid for his life, but he felt himself calming in this man’s clutches. As if being in his control was where Tama belonged.

“Who are you?” the man with the stunning blue eyes asked softly.

“I’m…my name is Tama. I was…I didn’t want you to reopen your wound. I was trying to help…”

The man closed his beautiful eyes for a moment, and then, when he opened them again, Tama could see he was most likely in a great deal of pain. So, unfortunately, he released Tama and allowed him to sit up.

“Well, Tama, you saved my life.” He looked down at the wound in his side and grimaced. “It hurts like a bitch, though. What the hell did you put on it?”

“I used some healing herbs and plant leaves. But…honestly, it shouldn’t be that painful anymore. Maybe it’s because…well—I just sewed it up.”

Those blue eyes widened. “Sewed it up. You mean like a garment?” He winched with as loud as his voice had gone. Obviously, the effort to yell cost him. “And you used plants?” he asked much more gently, sweat forming on his beautiful face and neck.

“I… I used a mixture of King’s Eslifria and Black Spur. The Eslifria helps with healing by sealing the wound and stopping bleeding. But it’s fragile. I didn’t want you to move, or you could jar it loose. The Black Spur is simply for pain.”

The blue-eyed man sighed, then drew in a deep breath, letting it out slowly. “You mean this would hurt worse if it weren’t for this…stuff?”

“Well, I did just reapply it a few moments ago, after I finished sewing. It still shouldn’t hurt that badly.” Tama also saw that the man was paler than when he first saw him lying on the ground in the path. Was there something else going on? “I was helping you to drink some Ecea Weed tea, which will help with all those things as well, along with reducing the fever I think you are fast developing. Although I am not sure why.”

The man nodded as he looked down at the cup in Tama’s hand. “That the stuff you were trying to drown me with?”

“Drown you? No, I wasn’t trying…”

The man took the cup and tossed it down in one swallow, the movement obviously making him cringe and moan, squeezing his eyes tightly closed for just a moment.

After he opened them again, he tipped his head at Tama, looking at him with curiosity. “Are you a healer?”

“A healer? No! It was my … no, I mean, I know some things. But I’m not really a healer.”

“You’re good with the bow, too. Saw that with my own eyes.” He blinked hard. “I admit I was not completely cognizant at the time. But I did see you make a truly masterful shot.”

Heat once again blossomed on Tama’s face. “I…I…No. Unfortunately, that isn’t true either. They both still live.” He lowered his head in awkwardness. It was embarrassing that the beautiful man saw his bout with his attackers. What Tama had been was lucky, not masterful. “And beyond that…they got away with your horse.”

 

COLLAPSE
Reviews:Bailey Ember on Texas Book Nook wrote:

Diving into a new series, you never know what you are going to get. It takes a bit to get caught up with the world and get to know the characters. The thing with this series is there are quite a few characters to keep straight. There is plenty of backstory to make you feel like you are a part of the world.

This is an interesting M/M romance book that centers around Royalty and the duties that come along with being Royal. I really loved the fact that the romance between the two males was not the soul focus of the story, there is so much other stuff going on as well.

The characters are very well developed the evolution of the relationship was smooth and believable. I really enjoyed the evolution of Tama as a character in this story.

The plot and mystery kept me flipping pages til the very end.

I definitely recommend this series, make sure you start with Book 1 and go from there. This would not be a series you can jump into without reading the first.

Carra on Making It Happen wrote:

I love a good redemption story, and Diagus does get his here. There's plenty of drama and tension here again, and I liked the infusion of new characters to the series.

Overall, this series does draw you in and the excitement is kept high throughout. It does need to be read in order to truly enjoy it, and I'd recommend getting all three at once so you don't have to wait to see what happens next after each book.

Jara on EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads wrote:

Review:
5 stars

Well here is one thing I will admit to, when I started to read the series I will freely admit to that I took an instant dislike to King Diagus he was just so wrong, such an idiot, but what two other books do to you is another matter.

Diagus of Blad Rain must as a king produce an heir, and the only way he knows it can be done is to bed a woman. And its not something he is looking forward to, not his idea of happily after.
Rather then walking down the aisle if is in the wilds of Claymoor Doom chasing a rumor he has heard that there is someone there with stark blue eyes like his.
A relative and possibly an heir to the throne, but he finds no one that matches the description he is seeking. But what he does find is, black magic plot for murder and Diagus is the next on the list.

Tama’s sister claimed to be carrying the child of a king. Not just any king. The mighty king of Blade Rain. She was determined to get out of where they were living and to do this she needed the child. But as always fate has other ideas. She dies during the birth and Tama raises the child. Audin who he loves as he loved his sister.
Tama’s lazy and abusive father, Beourn, is extremely disappointed. Being the grandfather of a crown prince, he was looking forward to moving to the castle and living a life of extravagance. He does the unthinkable. He kidnaps Aydin with the intent of selling him to the rich and powerful king. Tama is stunned he would do such a thing and chases after Beourn to rescue Aydin.
Many adventures await Tama and Diagus, a witch who seeks the child and the King and we are not talking good magic, we are talking black magic, they also find what we all seek, love, will they find a way out, will they find the love that so far has eluded them. Read it and find out, its a great story well written.

I received a copy for my honest review!


About the Author

I live in Minnesota where I hold tight to the idea that here, where it’s cold a good part of the year, I won’t age as fast. Yep, I avoid the truth as much as I avoid mirrors. But one of the reasons I love writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, I doesn’t mind “real life” and I do try to at least keep it in mind when I write my stories, but I truly love creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason I love reading this genre, too. Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and my computer, whether I am reading or writing, and I will entertain myself for hours. The fact I actually get paid to do it, is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.