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Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry. Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé's triumph is met with anger and rejection …


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Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry. Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé's triumph is met with anger and rejection …

30 review for In Despair

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    This isn't my favorite of the series, mostly because the romance aspects of it felt a little undersold. The transition from the enemies to lovers wasn't as smooth as I would have liked. Granted both of these guys are really just young boys when this story starts. Circumstances really force them to grow up and grow up fast. There were definitely times where I wanted to smack Telmé and Korin both upside the head. They had their childish moments. But more than that they had the caring for their tro This isn't my favorite of the series, mostly because the romance aspects of it felt a little undersold. The transition from the enemies to lovers wasn't as smooth as I would have liked. Granted both of these guys are really just young boys when this story starts. Circumstances really force them to grow up and grow up fast. There were definitely times where I wanted to smack Telmé and Korin both upside the head. They had their childish moments. But more than that they had the caring for their troubled nation and people. Telmé especially. He was determined to help and work to save the people even if he didn't always go about it in the smartest most well thought out manner. I felt for Telmé throughout the book though as it seemed like no matter what he did everyone was turning further and further against him. He was a scared kid, determined to be the man, the Prince, the Legion needed him to be. He risks everything to become a Prince of the Blood when really he had no idea what he was doing. I'm glad the book focused more on Telmé's story than Korin's if only because at only 15, Korin felt very young at times. He has huge shoes to step into, but he's really still just a kid. The couple of years Telmé has on him, help to make him feel a little more ready to step into the big shoes he has to fill. As previously stated, his decisions aren't always planned well, but that's forgivable to his youth. His passion though stands out. I liked the story more than the romance. The attack on the palace and people is awful and the recovery not easy. But it sort of erased the antagonism between the boys too quickly or at least in an awkward manner. It felt a little rushed. Overall though I did enjoy the world of this story and getting to see how these two, whom we already know from previous books, got their start together.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    Not my favorite of the series. I read these stories for the fantasy adventure and the creatures that give me the heebeegeebees. As much of a wimp as I am, I’m a glutton for Ms. Derr’s particular kind of punishment. I feel like the romance has always been secondary to the action/adventure. Of Last Resort is my favorite because it melded the romance and the adventure together in such a way that had me flipping those pages in a frenzy. Unfortunately, that was not the case for me with In Despair whi Not my favorite of the series. I read these stories for the fantasy adventure and the creatures that give me the heebeegeebees. As much of a wimp as I am, I’m a glutton for Ms. Derr’s particular kind of punishment. I feel like the romance has always been secondary to the action/adventure. Of Last Resort is my favorite because it melded the romance and the adventure together in such a way that had me flipping those pages in a frenzy. Unfortunately, that was not the case for me with In Despair which is due, in large part, to the age of the MCs for the majority of the book. Telmé and Korin have been the established couple throughout the series and this is the story of how their relationship developed 27 years ago when they were 17 and 15, respectively. I remember the hell of being a teen-the self-doubt, the insecurities and the moodiness. I do. I understand all of those feels, but I don’t particularly care to read about them. Both Telmé and Korin have been forced to take on adult roles far too young and both struggle with those responsibilities while contending with the constant scrutiny of their elders. As much as I understand and even sympathize with their plight… ugh. It was grueling. Really. All the screeching, crying, overreacting, fighting, pity parties were just too much melodrama for me. The adventure aspect was simplistic. If I can figure out what’s going on halfway through the book, then I lose interest waiting for the MCs to figure it out. What I did enjoy and simultaneously found cringe worthy, as usual, were the creatures/monsters. One word: snakes. *shudders* Why’d it have to be snakes? I jumped. Literally. More than once. Reading. I’m shaking my head at myself. I believe she added a few new creatures to the Legion which were interesting. Ms. Derr is certainly not lacking in creativity in the creeptastic department. There is some worldbuilding, though not a lot, but I did learn why the bonding of the Princes to a human is so important. In short, I liked it. I didn’t love it. There were a lot of silly editing mistakes. Really silly. However, I would read another installment if she’s continuing on with the series. In a heartbeat. Reviewed for

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.5 stars In Despair ends the Princes of the Blood trilogy that started with Of Last Resort. The story opens in “present” time – which gives readers the state of continuity after the event that happened in the first book. Korin is in a deep coma and Telmé has pretty much stepped down from his position as Commander of the Legion to take care of his husband. Then the story moves backward to where Telmé and Korin were still in their teens, the beginning of their life-long relationship. I still have t 3.5 stars In Despair ends the Princes of the Blood trilogy that started with Of Last Resort. The story opens in “present” time – which gives readers the state of continuity after the event that happened in the first book. Korin is in a deep coma and Telmé has pretty much stepped down from his position as Commander of the Legion to take care of his husband. Then the story moves backward to where Telmé and Korin were still in their teens, the beginning of their life-long relationship. I still have the same issues I had with the previous two books – namely that I feel the world-building and the explanations stay firmly in the author’s head. Oh, I know more about Princes of the Blood now, including their Bloodling ritual. However, the other branches are still blurry to me – although I think Ms. Derr gives few explanations about Titans and Shadowmarch. This is my main issue with this series, that it being some sort of fantasy, I still end up not knowing much about it. My other issue here is the age of the main characters. Being so young – Telmé is 17 years old while Korin is 15 years old – the story is filled with teenaged melodrama and angst. Including the fighting, the jealousy, the crying… I am not opposed to characters shedding tears but I can’t say I have patience for it either. These characters feel young and act young. Also, the mystery is rather weak. There is no big twist about the villains since the crumbs that Ms. Derr gave are plenty. Having said that, I still think it’s a good read. When Telmé and Korin are not fighting, when they finally realize that they don’t actually hate each other, when they realize what they feel for one another, those moments are a treasure. I love their conversation at those times. Even if in most of the book, Telmé and Korin are pretty much separated – with Telmé going out to kill monsters after being the sole Princes of the Blood. In addition, the opening and ending the story in ‘present’ state gives readers closure. I love those two chapters, it is a testament of how strong Telmé and Korin’s love is, after twenty seven years. It also reminds me slightly of a similar plot I read in a historical M/F long time ago when I was younger, where the heroine was determined to be with her husband who was in a coma. And I do have to say that Ms. Derr has quite the imagination – what with the ritual, the branches, and the monsters. The adventure is great to read. Oh, and also, despite the huge number of casualties, how Ms. Derr writes never goes to a ‘gory’ situation, which I appreciate even if I can sometimes like goriness in my story… All in all, it is a good ending of the trilogy even if the trilogy itself is not my favorite from Ms. Derr.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    F*CK yes. Now I want to go read the rest of the series. Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other people as part of their priestly duties (my own personal hangup, oh well), but that wasn't dwelled upon, and was probably explained in earlier books. Some readers may be a bit bothered by the fact the protagonists are "underage" for most of the book, but in their world, it obviously wasn't an issue, so it wasn't an issue for me either. Damn this was good F*CK yes. Now I want to go read the rest of the series. Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other people as part of their priestly duties (my own personal hangup, oh well), but that wasn't dwelled upon, and was probably explained in earlier books. Some readers may be a bit bothered by the fact the protagonists are "underage" for most of the book, but in their world, it obviously wasn't an issue, so it wasn't an issue for me either. Damn this was good though. Full review to follow.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Telmé and Korin are betrothed. One to lead the military, the other to head the religious order. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and this was enjoyable. Told from Telmé’s point of view, we see how he goes from undisciplined brat to undisputed leader. It is one that is filled with tragedy and challenge, both internal and external. I loved the look back to their youth before they had overwhelming responsibilities and would snipe and torment each other. How he and Korin interact and how they fi Telmé and Korin are betrothed. One to lead the military, the other to head the religious order. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and this was enjoyable. Told from Telmé’s point of view, we see how he goes from undisciplined brat to undisputed leader. It is one that is filled with tragedy and challenge, both internal and external. I loved the look back to their youth before they had overwhelming responsibilities and would snipe and torment each other. How he and Korin interact and how they finally come together to lead their sects for Tria Noor. Their scenes are the show stealers in this book. The plot isn’t complicated and solving the mystery element is simple, but the story itself is entertaining for the adventure value. Issues and quibbles with the book revolve around the miscommunication trope that is explained somewhat by the plot and their youth, but is still not a favored device of mine. Aggravates me to read it. Second, the structure of the story starts in the future and then does a retrospective, which is fine, but there are elements revealed in the “future” portion of the story that are never resolved so I’m going to assume it is addressed in subsequent books. More unsettling is the fact that we never get to the point in time where the book starts, it just ends the story segment, but never ties in the beginning so why is it there? Annoying. Finally, there is a throw in the kitchen sink attitude to the creatures introduced. It’s almost like one needs a monster manual to read it. We are given details for creatures we spend less than a paragraph with. It’s an inelegant info dump for world building. The beginning/prologue is a rocky start with five characters introduced and with above mentioned issues make a stronger case for it not being there is the first place. It confuses the story and provides no value except the briefest commentary on the story about to be told—just tell the story. Overall, this story's plot reads more along the lines of a YA novel than adult. I enjoyed it even lacking the complexity because Korin and Telmé are charming characters. ~~A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown review~~ ~~~Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews~~~

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    To read my full review, please visit http://onsilverwingz.blogspot.com/201... Torin is engaged to Telme but they don't get along and always fight. Telme is meant to be a Prince of the Blood and Torin, the High Priest. When a neighboring country's princess comes to visit and catches Telme's fancy, the majority of the League dies of poison. Torin and Telme need to work together to rebuild the League, catch the culprit, and figure out their relationship. This is the long awaited continuation of Of La To read my full review, please visit http://onsilverwingz.blogspot.com/201... Torin is engaged to Telme but they don't get along and always fight. Telme is meant to be a Prince of the Blood and Torin, the High Priest. When a neighboring country's princess comes to visit and catches Telme's fancy, the majority of the League dies of poison. Torin and Telme need to work together to rebuild the League, catch the culprit, and figure out their relationship. This is the long awaited continuation of Of Last Resort. It's best to read this after the first book in order to understand the characters and events leading to In Despair. This story starts right where the first book ended and then flashbacks to when Telme and Torin met as teenagers. Telme and Torin used to hate each other but their feelings grew into love. The MCs are too young for others to acknowledge them but still try to do the right thing and protect each other and the League. This is a wonderful romance and the change from hate/rivalry to love is believable. I would say this is definitely more focused on romance than the previous two books. Even when Telme journeys away from Torin and fights through various challenges, he's always focused on his goals (of getting back to Korin and protecting his people) and is loyal to the League. The characters are very endearing and easy to relate to. I enjoy reading this book immensely because even though the MCs get separated, they still have a connection and the story overall is focused on the development of their relationship while simultaneously saving their country. This is another exciting page-turner from Megan Derr and a must-read for those who enjoyed the first book and for fantasy fans. *review copy received in exchange for an honest review*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eepa *mm loving bookworm*

    I do love Megan Derr books and this was just as good as I was hoping. The world in Princes of the blood is very interesting one and quite a dark place full of all kinds of odd and intriguing monsters. And they all want to eat you, or at least kill you just. And the Legion which is supposedly a force for good isn't much better always. It's dark and gritty world and the heroes are just as gritty as the world they are living in. This third book tells the story of Telmé and Korin who are one of the I do love Megan Derr books and this was just as good as I was hoping. The world in Princes of the blood is very interesting one and quite a dark place full of all kinds of odd and intriguing monsters. And they all want to eat you, or at least kill you just. And the Legion which is supposedly a force for good isn't much better always. It's dark and gritty world and the heroes are just as gritty as the world they are living in. This third book tells the story of Telmé and Korin who are one of the central couples in the earlier books. In the present they are a force to be reckoned with, strong in their leadership and in their relationship both. But in this book they are barely adults, struggling with teenage insecurities, unstable emotions and the knowledge that someday they will be the leaders of their people and are supposed to act like it already. It's not easy when times are good and it's almost impossible when most of the castle inhabitants and the Legion are suddenly dead. The story is mostly about Telmé and his struggles to become a real prince of the blood and how the survivors react and interact with him after his blooding. It's not a happy story and I cried so much when reading it, my heart was totally breaking for Telmé and how others treated him most of the book. The ending was somewhat sudden and I would have liked to see more of what happened after the mystery of the poisonings was solved and how Telmé and Korin's relationship started to develop and stabilize. I'm totally hoping for more books in the 'verse as I love it to pieces.

  8. 4 out of 5

    K

    First resd July 2014 re-read Feb 2016 This is the third book in this series, but also in some ways the first...We were introduced to Teleme, the Commander of the Princes of the Blood and his husband, the High Priest, Korin, in the first book, and given glimpses throughout of their story. This book goes on to tell exactly what happened and prior to the pair of them taking their positions, and what they went through to get there. The reader is used to seeing them in charge, so having them cast back t First resd July 2014 re-read Feb 2016 This is the third book in this series, but also in some ways the first...We were introduced to Teleme, the Commander of the Princes of the Blood and his husband, the High Priest, Korin, in the first book, and given glimpses throughout of their story. This book goes on to tell exactly what happened and prior to the pair of them taking their positions, and what they went through to get there. The reader is used to seeing them in charge, so having them cast back to being adolescents (in both mind, body and behaviour) is a little jarring at first, but you get to know them as they get to know each other and battle with the horrors of what happens. The end is, well, sudden. We don't see how the rest of the Princes of the Blood are selected and come to be, and there are a lot of unanswered questions from the present time. I am not sure whether the author has plans for any more of this series but I would like at least one more book to tie up all the unanswered questions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Relly

    Good end to the series 4 ⭐️ Good end to the series. I enjoyed seeing Telme and Korin and how they came to be together. It did seem weird at times as when we were introduced to both characters they were so confident and well versed in their positions, so it was weird to go back in time and see them both so unsure of themselves and their positions. I still wish for some more information at the end as to the ending and think Telme is a very strong character to be able to move past all that was done t Good end to the series 4 ⭐️ Good end to the series. I enjoyed seeing Telme and Korin and how they came to be together. It did seem weird at times as when we were introduced to both characters they were so confident and well versed in their positions, so it was weird to go back in time and see them both so unsure of themselves and their positions. I still wish for some more information at the end as to the ending and think Telme is a very strong character to be able to move past all that was done to him. Enjoyed the whole series but the first one will always be my favourite

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I would assume, since you're here, you've read books one and two in the series, and if you have, you probably don't need any input from me as to whether to take the series to its conclusion. (If you haven't, start here: Of Last Resort.) This is another prequel, though unlike POTB2, this one has a token followup to the events that ended POTB1. After that initial prologue, though, we're back in the past, this time to see through the eyes of Prince Telme. One difference between this book and the othe I would assume, since you're here, you've read books one and two in the series, and if you have, you probably don't need any input from me as to whether to take the series to its conclusion. (If you haven't, start here: Of Last Resort.) This is another prequel, though unlike POTB2, this one has a token followup to the events that ended POTB1. After that initial prologue, though, we're back in the past, this time to see through the eyes of Prince Telme. One difference between this book and the other two is that this time, we stick with one character throughout. That's something that bothered me quite a bit about the other books; either the author should switch often enough that we can grow with both characters and not get disoriented by a POV change, or the author should pick a character and stay there. It particularly bothered me in POTB2, since we skipped over some exciting bits of story looking through the eyes of the other person. So that's a mark in its favor for sure. Derr picked a good point in the world's history to focus on. Plenty of tantalizing hints about Prince Telme's earliest history were dropped in POTB1 & 2, and it was even wilder than I expected. Less in this one's favor is how much more juvenile the story feels. Telme is younger than the other characters were, by necessity, but it shows. This wasn't like the stories about a 20-something, young and untried but still unquestionably adult. This was a story about a kid - doing the best he could but still unquestionably a kid. A scared, petulant, immature kid I occasionally wanted to smack. Even though I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get another adult viewpoint, I'm actually pretty impressed at how Derr could write someone so young and have it sound true to life. I talk about the story being juvenile, but the story wouldn't have worked with a character more experienced in life and people and relationships. It's a real coming of age...and it's an impressive one since the Telme we met earlier is so adult and in control. Between the age factor and the general theme, where Telme ends up doing more than just fighting the obvious bad guys, turns the tone of this book into something rather different from the first two. Not in a bad way. Probably the most unsatisfying part of the book is the ending. I'm talking about the flashback to the past, too, not the present-day framework that ties up the story arc from book one. (view spoiler)[Telme is fighting an epic battle. Friends are enemies and enemies are friends. He's getting no support from anyone in the legion. In fact, they're actively trying to stop him, and whether he lives or dies is secondary. Nothing in the world will ever be right again. Except...then it is. Telme passes out, wakes up, the crown prince makes a totally unapologetic remark to the tune of "bygones shall be bygones, you're welcome"...and that's it. There are no apologies from anyone for being unsupportive assholes. No chagrin for falling under the sway of the evil enchanter. There are no hard feelings. It just jumps us right back to the present. (hide spoiler)] If you didn't expand the spoiler, the gist is that it ends abruptly and with zero closure. It felt rushed, it felt lazy, and I expected better. There's no way this book could have gotten five stars from me for this ending. Really, there was no question that I'd read this book; I regard Megan Derr as a fantastic author, and even though the world she created here has frustrated me to no end (which I elaborated on particularly in my review for the first book), it still blew me away despite myself. More than anything else, I'm finding myself just a bit wistful that the series is over. I'm not ready to leave it behind yet...and if that's not a good testimonial, I don't know what is.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    Lessons learned in the past influence the future in powerful ways. This fact is especially true for Telmé and Korin, as their past changed them in exceptional ways. IN DESPAIR picks up where the first book in this series, Of Last Resort, left off. Transitioning back in time, it then tells the tale of the traumatic sequence of events alluded to in the previous books that brought Telmé and Korin to where they are today. Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been destined to become a Prince of the Blood sinc Lessons learned in the past influence the future in powerful ways. This fact is especially true for Telmé and Korin, as their past changed them in exceptional ways. IN DESPAIR picks up where the first book in this series, Of Last Resort, left off. Transitioning back in time, it then tells the tale of the traumatic sequence of events alluded to in the previous books that brought Telmé and Korin to where they are today. Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been destined to become a Prince of the Blood since birth. His passion and dedication to his calling is second only to the powerful emotions he feels for his fiance and future husband, Korin. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin, and while he can't deny his attraction to Korin's physical appearance, Telmé is disgusted by Korin's haughty and prideful attitude. As High Priest in training, Korin has spent years being groomed to lead the Temple of the Sacred Three. While peace and tranquility are essential to his calling, Korin can't seem to overcome the anger and resentment he feels towards his future husband. The man just can't seem to stop making Korin appear as a fool to those who are supposed to respect his future position. Poised on the brink of adulthood, both young men are in imminent danger of causing irreparable damage to their already rocky relationship. IN DESPAIR is my favorite in this series to date. With a slower pace than the previous books, it has the feel of a prequel in that it answers many of the questions readers may have had in regards to the history of the Princes of the Blood that had only been hinted at previously. It is the coming of age story of the two men we have gotten to know as the fierce and confident leaders of Tria Noor. The dramatic adventures I've come to expect from this series are contrasted with the raw emotionalism of Telmé and Korin's relationship. I couldn't have been more pleased with the way this series ended. My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for The Romance Reviews

  12. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was mentioned in 'Of Last Resort' how, and I quote: "twenty-some years ago, nearly all the Legion had been slain, including all of the Princes of the Blood save one: Telmé, who had only been a boy at the time." After reading that part, I wanted to read 'In Despair' right away. The Princes of the Blood were the Queen's most powerful and most "notorious" among her Legion so naturally I wanted to know how the princes were killed. The third installment of the series mostly revolved around that in It was mentioned in 'Of Last Resort' how, and I quote: "twenty-some years ago, nearly all the Legion had been slain, including all of the Princes of the Blood save one: Telmé, who had only been a boy at the time." After reading that part, I wanted to read 'In Despair' right away. The Princes of the Blood were the Queen's most powerful and most "notorious" among her Legion so naturally I wanted to know how the princes were killed. The third installment of the series mostly revolved around that incident and I found myself wanting to read more about the current Telmé (the Commander of the Princes of the Blood) and Korin (his husband, the High Priest). You see, the 'current' Korin was mostly in a 'coma' for the most part of the book up until the ending. I thought the book ended perfectly, but I'm hoping that the 'current' Telmé and Korin will have their own 'short' (story) too. With that said, I thought the young versions of Telmé and Korin fighting most of the time was cute. But the part that I loved the most in this book was Telmé's despair. How he found himself helpless and unable to do anything as he watched the love of his life sleep day after day. That, and his despair during the incident twenty-seven years ago when the princes he considered his brothers were slain. His pain for losing his loved ones and the pain he felt for being alone was so acute and so raw. It isn't easy to deal with the loss of a loved one, nor is it easy to watch and feel helpless while a loved one is suffering. And this is exactly why I love Megan. It's not just her endless imagination and ability to build awesome worlds such as in the Princes of the Blood series, or the way she was able to incorporate romance and action scenes in her complicated stories, but also because her works have themes, too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 stars Oh my god! You guys, I’ve loved this series from the very beginning—I mean absolutely everything. But this final book in the trilogy couldn’t have been more perfect. From Of Last Resort and into With Pride, we’ve heard of Telmé and Korin and their struggle as children to rebuild a kingdom struck by tragedy. And finally—finally!—we get that story, and what a story it is. It’s amazing, and it’s so hard for me not to tell you absolutely everything about this story bec A Joyfully Jay review. 5 stars Oh my god! You guys, I’ve loved this series from the very beginning—I mean absolutely everything. But this final book in the trilogy couldn’t have been more perfect. From Of Last Resort and into With Pride, we’ve heard of Telmé and Korin and their struggle as children to rebuild a kingdom struck by tragedy. And finally—finally!—we get that story, and what a story it is. It’s amazing, and it’s so hard for me not to tell you absolutely everything about this story because I loved it so much. SO much! So here I go… trying not to give too much away. In Despair is the perfect title for this book in more ways than one. This book begins eleven months after Of Last Resort ends with Korin still unconscious but alive. Telmé is at his side every day, already handing over the reins of the Princes to Raffé. Telmé awaits whatever tragedy is to come. While waiting with Korin, he remembers the tragedy of his past, of their past—the fight they put up, the struggle they face, and the battle they won. Despair has colored their pasts and their current situation. Read Crissy's review in its entirety here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    DaisyGirl

    3.5 Stars So in book 4, we revisit Telmé and Korin and learn their history. It's bloody and brutal. I enjoyed this book but it left me wanting. Why? Too many loose ends! (view spoiler)[How did Korin beget his heir/daughter? By having sex with Ingegärd? Seems to be. And, how the fuck did that happen when he's mated to Telmé? Why did Ingegärd seem so familiar with Telmé too? I didn't like the m/f/m vibe ... or was that just me? What about all the bull shit that Telmé had to put up with from Korin, 3.5 Stars So in book 4, we revisit Telmé and Korin and learn their history. It's bloody and brutal. I enjoyed this book but it left me wanting. Why? Too many loose ends! (view spoiler)[How did Korin beget his heir/daughter? By having sex with Ingegärd? Seems to be. And, how the fuck did that happen when he's mated to Telmé? Why did Ingegärd seem so familiar with Telmé too? I didn't like the m/f/m vibe ... or was that just me? What about all the bull shit that Telmé had to put up with from Korin, Brigar, and the others!?!? I get that they were under a "spell" but still, if I was Telmé, I'd have been PISSED at least for a while. Instead, things were coming up roses in a matter of minutes. What.Ever! (hide spoiler)] My rant notwithstanding, I can honestly attest that this was a wonderful series. I was amazed with the world building and the colorful characters Megan Derr created. Bottom line: Enthralling despite the loose ends.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Rating: 5 stars out of 5 One of ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Best of 2014: Princes of the Blood Series From my review: "As with all marvelous coming of age stories that include high adventure and fantasy, it must also include the darkness of evil and absolute loss. As Castle Guldbrandsen falls under the destructive powers of both, Telme' and Koren must pull together, grow up (somewhat) and assume the duties they have been avoiding. It's a timeless, dramatic concept and Derr's treatment of it and Rating: 5 stars out of 5 One of ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Best of 2014: Princes of the Blood Series From my review: "As with all marvelous coming of age stories that include high adventure and fantasy, it must also include the darkness of evil and absolute loss. As Castle Guldbrandsen falls under the destructive powers of both, Telme' and Koren must pull together, grow up (somewhat) and assume the duties they have been avoiding. It's a timeless, dramatic concept and Derr's treatment of it and her characters growth is as compelling as they come. That's possible because no matter what challenges these boys face or hurdles they must overcome, they remain the teenagers they are. .." For my full review, visit http://wp.me/p220KL-2EF For more of my reviews, author interviews, book contests and such, visit http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is the story of how Telme and Korin came to be the people that they are. It's a story about magic and love, and standing up for what's right even when the people you expect to have your back reject you. The story was painful and heartbreaking but worth every minute reading it. Telme and Korin begin as brats. They are a constant disappointment to their superiors with their fighting and inability to get along, even though they are betrothed. I loved seeing their relationship grow into true re This is the story of how Telme and Korin came to be the people that they are. It's a story about magic and love, and standing up for what's right even when the people you expect to have your back reject you. The story was painful and heartbreaking but worth every minute reading it. Telme and Korin begin as brats. They are a constant disappointment to their superiors with their fighting and inability to get along, even though they are betrothed. I loved seeing their relationship grow into true respect and affection. This book is non-explicit since it takes place when the characters are young: sixteen and seventeen, respectively. I had a wonderful time reading In Despair and I hope that Mrs. Derr will write more in the series some day. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the free review copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    Loved this!! I was scared going into this because I was told it was sad, and although that is true, it wasn't sad in the way I feared. Some of the scenes made my heart ache for the MCs, others made me proud of Thelme and Korin. (view spoiler)[ The scene towards the end when Thelme is attacked my the legion and his brother orders him dead was especially intense, loved when Korin walks in and takes care of business. The murder of all the Princes was sad, but from previous books I knew it was comin Loved this!! I was scared going into this because I was told it was sad, and although that is true, it wasn't sad in the way I feared. Some of the scenes made my heart ache for the MCs, others made me proud of Thelme and Korin. (view spoiler)[ The scene towards the end when Thelme is attacked my the legion and his brother orders him dead was especially intense, loved when Korin walks in and takes care of business. The murder of all the Princes was sad, but from previous books I knew it was coming. I was so freaking happy that Korin woke up, (that was my fear when I heard the book was sad) I was able to breathe again. (hide spoiler)] I really loved getting to know these two as teenagers and adults, great characters!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    freaking amazing!!!!! I'm like holding back tears I'm so happy :) Korin woke up!! I was literally on edge about that. Now the flashback story was fab! Telme and Korin were my 2nd fav couple from book 1 so it was nice to read about them. Also it was cool to hear about the massacre that happened at the Legion. That story was sad especially how depressed Telme was throughout the book, but the strength and power Korin and Telme possessed was astounding. The things they accomplished! And Telme's bloo freaking amazing!!!!! I'm like holding back tears I'm so happy :) Korin woke up!! I was literally on edge about that. Now the flashback story was fab! Telme and Korin were my 2nd fav couple from book 1 so it was nice to read about them. Also it was cool to hear about the massacre that happened at the Legion. That story was sad especially how depressed Telme was throughout the book, but the strength and power Korin and Telme possessed was astounding. The things they accomplished! And Telme's blooding is one for the history books. This entire series will definitely be a reread. And I will hope and pray from more books ;)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 1/2 stars because I posted three times from the book. Haven't done that in a long time. 4 1/2 stars because I posted three times from the book. Haven't done that in a long time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    Having read With Pride by Megan Derr, I was excited to see more of the world in the third book in the series, In Despair (I have still not gotten a copy of the first book in the series, but I will eventually because I need to know what happened in that one). As many people will know, Derr is one of my favorite authors, and this world is one of her bests. In Despair follows High Prince Telmé and his husband High Priest Korin, two of my favorite characters from With Pride, back when they were train Having read With Pride by Megan Derr, I was excited to see more of the world in the third book in the series, In Despair (I have still not gotten a copy of the first book in the series, but I will eventually because I need to know what happened in that one). As many people will know, Derr is one of my favorite authors, and this world is one of her bests. In Despair follows High Prince Telmé and his husband High Priest Korin, two of my favorite characters from With Pride, back when they were training for their roles. Prince Telmé is being trained to be a Prince of Blood and Commander of the Legion, however he would have an easier time if actually got along with his betrothed, Korin. They bring out the worst in each other, yet when disaster strikes Castle Guldbrandsen, they must band together to save everyone, and possible pave the way to a happier life together. Like With Pride, I really enjoyed this book. It was a little hard for me at first, in that the first chapter starts later than With Pride, however, the majority of the book takes place 27 years prior to this. So I was a little confused as I was expecting it all from the past, but once I realized what was happening it worked. It was interesting to see the bond between the two characters grow and strengthen, and get hints at the people we know they turn into. As with the previous book, the world building is interesting and dark, which means I loved it. We were allowed to see a little more about the Princes of Blood and why pairings are so important for them. Honestly, this is one of my favorite parts. And now I really cannot wait to get my hands on the first book in this series. This book will be living with the previous one on my e-reader! Final Verdict: A great quick read, with great insight into some awesome characters whilst still expanding the amazing, dark fantasy world. Originally posted: https://francesandlynne.wordpress.com...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ng

    I really like the world setting and I want to know more about it- especially the origins of Shadowmarch and the rest of the Legion. This book starts in present-where the first book left off, and moves to the past. What I really liked in this book was how both Telme and Korin grow from being absolute brats to responsible people that we see in the earlier books. The second half of the book went super fast and I enjoyed it even though Telme and Korin were not together in the same place. Romance is I really like the world setting and I want to know more about it- especially the origins of Shadowmarch and the rest of the Legion. This book starts in present-where the first book left off, and moves to the past. What I really liked in this book was how both Telme and Korin grow from being absolute brats to responsible people that we see in the earlier books. The second half of the book went super fast and I enjoyed it even though Telme and Korin were not together in the same place. Romance is secondary and in fantasies like this I really appreciate that.

  22. 4 out of 5

    jennifer Jensen

    I still want more This is such a gripping tale of loss and of love. It was hard to put down at night since I desperately wanted to know what happened next. It starts on the present then takes us back to the beginning of Korin and Telme's story. Now all I can say is...I want more please. I still want more This is such a gripping tale of loss and of love. It was hard to put down at night since I desperately wanted to know what happened next. It starts on the present then takes us back to the beginning of Korin and Telme's story. Now all I can say is...I want more please.

  23. 5 out of 5

    GoldFish

    It was a good read as an addition to the two books that came before it. It was nice to have a backstory and tie up a bit of the story from book one. My only complaint would be that the end conflict got resolved too quickly and seemed like a rush to the finish. But overall it was still very enjoyable to read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Justyna Małgorzata

    3.5* for a decent ending to the series. Not as good as the Last Resort, but it was delightful to see the stoic commander Telme as the impatient, hot-tempered teenager. And thank gods Korin woke up! I was afraid it would remain unresolved as the trilogy goes backwards in time, but they got their HEA here and it was great!

  25. 5 out of 5

    RavenT

    I liked this book the least of the three in the series, because the protagonists were juveniles coming of age, and I'm a mature woman. But as an example of that type of romance, it was well written. The best aspect of the book was the magic, which was interesting and unique, and that's why the four str rating, I liked this book the least of the three in the series, because the protagonists were juveniles coming of age, and I'm a mature woman. But as an example of that type of romance, it was well written. The best aspect of the book was the magic, which was interesting and unique, and that's why the four str rating,

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tereza

    3.5 Stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    Becoming a Prince of the Blood is never easy. But when you are a 17 year old Prince of Guldbrandsen, with the world’s most annoying fiancé and a castle’s weight of expectations on your shoulders, becoming a Prince of the Blood is looking pretty damn impossible. Especially when an act of treachery kills almost everyone you love, and everyone who stood in defense of the country you are sworn to protect. Telmé has always lived with the heavy weight of expectations looming over him, but even he is h Becoming a Prince of the Blood is never easy. But when you are a 17 year old Prince of Guldbrandsen, with the world’s most annoying fiancé and a castle’s weight of expectations on your shoulders, becoming a Prince of the Blood is looking pretty damn impossible. Especially when an act of treachery kills almost everyone you love, and everyone who stood in defense of the country you are sworn to protect. Telmé has always lived with the heavy weight of expectations looming over him, but even he is having a hard time bearing his grief, and those expectations, without failing everyone he knows. With the Princes of the Blood dead, and the country’s defense down to just a sliver of its normal strength, Telmé will have to decide if he can bear the burden of being a Prince of the Blood. Even when no one seems to believe he is capable or worth it. I enjoyed this third book in the Princes of the Blood series, and was grateful that we finally get an answer to what happened to Korin and Telmé after the final battle in Of Last Resort. I had hoped that we wouldn’t be left in limbo about their fate, since book one ends before it was handled, and was relieved to hear that they would be getting their own book. I do so hate not knowing what happens to characters I love. However, this book is not about Telmé and Korin after the fight with the angel, but how they fell in love, saved their country, and got really good at throwing a right hook (not exactly in that order, though). There is a bit of angst in this book, but then again, I have found where there are teenagers, there is angst. It is kinda how they roll. Add in some nefarious magic doings, and a bunch of idiots determined to follow anyone with a nice rack and an overly pleasant smile, and you have a recipe for the most a perfect bowl of angst. It is not a big bowl, but it probably enough for you to drown in. It gets a bit much at times, but for someone who generally shies away from angst on principle, it was balanced enough that I didn’t run screaming for the hills. And not just because the hills seem to be plagued with some rather baddass lizard snake things that get pissy when you abduct their young. I kinda wish we had got a bit more time with just Korin and Telmé together. I just wish that…ok, I wish we had got to see the sexy fun times, I’ll admit it. But seeing as they are both underage in this book (for us, if not them) probably best we didn’t get it. I’m getting to the age where that just seems rather too pervy for me to be reading about. But I did really like how the relationship grew between them. They were still very much at the ‘pigtail pulling’ stage of their relationship when their story started (except their version usually ended with them covered in dirt/mud/blood and taking a few days to reacquaint themselves with the roominess of the cells in the Tower). And while they didn’t immediately go all gooey in love after tragedy struck, they really did start to try and grow up. A little. A smidge. Enough that I didn’t feel that throwing them off the tower would be more beneficial to the public at large, at least. My only problem with the book was how obvious the bad guy was. Like really, really obvious. Like how did they not see that coming, do you just trust anyone who wanders into your castle? obvious. However, I do get that magic was in play there, and when magic is around a lot of smart people can get very dumb, very fast. I could probably even sympathize with the bad guys…if you know, they hadn’t just drop kicked a large portion of the castle into the great hereafter. I do wish that Telmé would have wised up a bit sooner, but I do understand that he was having to deal with a castle full of crazy, and country that seemed to have strapped itself with at Come Eat Us, We Be Tasty sign. I don’t know if this is my favorite of the series, but it was very enjoyable. And I am relieved to finally have an answer to the is he/isn’t he going to die question that we were left with, in book one. I don’t know if Derr plans on writing any more books in this series, but I have found all three books very enjoyable, and have really loved this world that she has created (the body counts are rather staggering though. I honestly don’t know how there is anyone left alive here to save.) So yeah, I enjoyed this, and it was a nice end (maybe?) to the series. This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Liked it, but not in a couldn’t put it down sort of way.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nikyta

    This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site. This definitely wasn’t what I was expecting when I started reading this one! First, I want to point out that this could technically be considered Young Adult. The main characters, Telmé & Korin, are both underage at roughly 17 and 16 for a majority of the story. The novel is told in two different settings. The first and last chapter take place in present day and pick up where Of Last Resort, book one in this series, left off. The rest of t This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site. This definitely wasn’t what I was expecting when I started reading this one! First, I want to point out that this could technically be considered Young Adult. The main characters, Telmé & Korin, are both underage at roughly 17 and 16 for a majority of the story. The novel is told in two different settings. The first and last chapter take place in present day and pick up where Of Last Resort, book one in this series, left off. The rest of the story takes place over twenty years ago and tells how the Legion was almost decimated leaving Telmé and Korin, two teenagers, as the Commander and the High Priest… even though neither of them are fit for duty. In this one, it shows how Telmé and Korin struggle to become accepted by their people and the brutality and disrespect they took for simply having too much power and being too young for the responsibilities associated with that power. This is the result of an unknown enemy infiltrating the Legion and killing thousands, leaving the Legion vulnerable to other creatures. At the hatred of everyone else, Telmé struggles to prove himself and his new abilities as a Prince of the Blood and in doing so, might have just found the reason for so much hostility in the Legion. If you’ve been reading this series then you know the world that Ms. Derr has created. An amazingly complicated but fascinating world filled with gruesome and nasty creatures hellbent on destruction. I loved getting back into this realm and seeing the different types of creatures. And, as usual, there’s a ton of action and suspense that left me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely adored it. As characters, Telmé and Korin are the typical teenagers. They hate each other because they’re betrothed but that all changes as Telmé becomes a Prince of the Blood. They’re still very young with the delicate emotions that are heightened in teenagers. I liked them as characters and I definitely felt the angst between them. A majority of the book, they’re separated so the loneliness they feel, especially Telmé as everything happens and he’s left out of everything, really gets to them. I HATED seeing that because I just wanted to shake everyone treating them like pariahs and say “What is wrong with you?!” But, for obvious reasons, I couldn’t LOL. I had a few little niggles about this one. It was hard for me to associate the Telmé in Of Last Resort and With Pride with the Telmé in this book. Yes, I realize that sounds silly considering that this book is decades before the other two books but, in this one, Telmé is so young and so vulnerable. He cries at almost everything and has no confidence at all in himself. On top of that, he’s very aggressive and not at all like the understanding character I remember. I found that I was sad there was such a vast difference between the two sides of him and missed not being able to see the transition from a spoiled brat to the respected Commander he eventually becomes. At the same time, I felt like the ‘villain’ was fairly obvious from the start. I mean, the first place I would look when so much death happens is the new ‘guests’ to the Kingdom. Plus, I’m wondering how no one else besides Korin (and Telmé long after he transitions) noticed these villains were not who they said they were. Most of these creatures have a good sense of smell, yet only one priest was able to withstand the lure of them and notice something off. I found that a little odd. Besides that, there were a few unanswered questions I have regarding, well, everything to be honest. Overall, I still enjoyed the book. It wasn’t my favorite in the series but I still liked getting to experience the long-awaited story of how Korin and Telmé’s saved the Legion. And while I found both Telmé and Korin to be a bit immature at times (they’re young, what do you expect?), I still liked that they developed a great connection over time. As usual, the world was fascinating and captivating and getting to see Telmé fight all those creatures had me on the edge of my seat. I hope Ms. Derr considers writing more in this series because I’d love to see how some of the other eventual Princes get/got their HEAs…. plus, I want to see more of these characters after what happened in Of Last Resort!

  30. 4 out of 5

    JC

    Strangely enough, this turned out to be my favorite in the series Yes, there were the usual typos (one chapter heading was misspelled "Abandonded" which for a second made me think I was seeing things, but no. Someone actually missed that) and then inconsistencies like Alrin being described as 9 years old then later 11 years old which made me groan because Alrin is my favorite character in the whole series and I was glad to finally get a definite age for him then have that change a few pages late Strangely enough, this turned out to be my favorite in the series Yes, there were the usual typos (one chapter heading was misspelled "Abandonded" which for a second made me think I was seeing things, but no. Someone actually missed that) and then inconsistencies like Alrin being described as 9 years old then later 11 years old which made me groan because Alrin is my favorite character in the whole series and I was glad to finally get a definite age for him then have that change a few pages later sucked. Seriously, much as I love LT3, they really need good editors.... There was also one part where 'are' was used instead of 'our', and so on. Anyway, where was I? Quibbles about typos and misspellings aside, it wasn't as bad as some I've encountered in the past and didn't detract from the story. I liked Telmé and Korin a lot. Even though Telmé was a bit of a crybaby, it was understandable since he and Korin were both so young. I know there might be people who will have issues with the characters being teenagers (Telmé is 16 going on 17, Korin is 15 going on 16) but really, there's no explicit sex in the book and they do make a really cute couple once the misunderstandings and hurt feelings were out of the way. As with the rest of the books in the series, the romance is secondary to the plot which revolves around the mystery of who murdered the Legion and Telmé's struggles with being accepted as the last Prince of the Blood. You get the same creatures from the previous books plus some new monsters (ugh morbid serpents). I liked the Wolves of the Moon and wish they'd had more scenes. And as mentioned above, wee Alrin made an appearance which made me smile, but he was only in one itty bitty scene (boo). Anyway, I figured out who killed the Legion within a few pages of the event, but that didn't make this any less enjoyable. If you have zero patience with teen angst, you might find Telmé and Korin annoying, but I remember what It was like to be at their age and deal with not being accepted and being a pariah so yeah.... I might have over identified with them. I can't believe this is the last book :(. Kind of wish it had been longer and that there was a fourth book set in present day with all the characters fighting a new threat.

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