The Official Description: Zaya expected to be the irresponsible youngest prince his whole life. But when his two older siblings are killed by an unidentified magician, he finds himself crowned king of Lushrain—the end of his liberty as he knows it. As part of his training, he’s sent to Heartwood for a month, the house of the sages high in the mountains. There, to his shock, the sages tell him he must learn about magic—which is illegal to practice, but has nonetheless been among Heartwood’s secret studies for centuries.
They assign Col as his tutor, a charming young sage with unusually strong powers. Zaya abhors and distrusts magic, and Col absolutely doesn’t want the job of attempting to change the king’s mind. But in their lessons and debates, they grow closer and begin envisioning a future in which a sage and a king might make a harmonious couple.
But the assassin still roams, seeking to hurt Zaya, and the budding love affair may be crushed by the secrets that Heartwood—and Col—have kept about this killer.
Just the facts: queer romance, diverse characters, epic adventure, magic
A beautiful love story with a fierce villain and magic! Engaging, emotional and fun … everything I love about Molly Ringle’s writing. – Kinzie Things
My thoughts bit: Zaya never thought that he would be king because he was too far down the line of succession. Turns out, when your entire family is murdered that you can rather suddenly find out you are King of Lushrain. Still struggling with grief and the fact that his entire life is changing, Zaya finds himself embedded in the rules, responsibilities, and secrets that come with the throne. Not only is there an assassin that clearly wants all the royals dead, but Zaya’s life also isn’t at all what it would have been.
The throne brings with it the secrets of royalty and one of them is all about … magic.
Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) Descriptions of death/assault by magic, a character with mental illness becomes violent, fighting with weapons and magic, death of an entire family
I received an ARC of Sage and King by Molly Ringle from Central Avenue Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.