The Queen’s Consorts. Just laying eyes on one is a death sentence. So when Sari, who spent most of her life on the streets, ends up entangled in a steamy relationship with the two most forbidden men on the planet she knows it can’t end well.
After a brutal attack, Sari’s taken to the Sacred City, exposing her to the secret lives of the Rayians who rule in the long lost queen’s absence. It’s in this darkly sexual world where she first meets the legendary consorts.
Too handsome and talented for their own good, Calder and Taryen have learned to trust only each other in order to survive. Bred to be feared warriors and exclusive companions to a queen, instead they’re slaves to other Rayian’s desires for them.
Their brutal lives make the two consorts hesitant to care for Sari when she’s unexpectedly dumped in their laps, but they soon discover she’s different from the cruel women they’re used to serving. Drawn to Sari on a soul deep level, Calder and Taryen can’t seem to stop themselves from going back for one more taste of the beautiful outsider… even when it puts the fate of the entire world in jeopardy.
“Hope never gets old.”
It’s always difficult for me to write a coherent review about a book I actually loved. Every time I sat down to write, and tried to run through it, I was lost in the story again.
The Queen’s Consorts is an unusually exciting and emotional romance.
Twenty years ago, due to a betrayal the Queen of Auroria and one of her consorts were murdered, and their infant heiress, the next queen in line, disappeared right then. As the planet’s prosperity depends on the happiness of its Queen, since her disappearance the Sun has never shone. Ecological breakdown, misery and poverty reign all over the empire.
She was sunshine for their people. She was health, wealth, and vitality, and keeping her safe meant the security of all of Auroria rested in their hands.
The power is in the hands of the Queen’s Sisters, who had formed a Council led by Laysa. Within the Sacred City, they bask in luxury, using the Queen’s personal consorts, Taryan and Calder to satiate their own desires. Hideously, many of them not only sexually abuse but humiliate, brutalize and torture them.
As horrifying as it was to admit, he’d become so accustomed to pain, he didn’t fear it anymore. He just endured and fought to maintain a sense of dignity in the face of it. Even if no one else saw the strength of his pride, which still remained powerful and strong, it was real to him, and that was all that mattered.
Taryan and Calder were raised in the Sacred City by one of the fathers of the heiress, who never gave up the hope to see his daughter again. From their childhood the consorts have been trained to protect their Queen, make her happy and satisfied. They are hoping to have back the true heiress one day, but also scared of the possibility of her being as a cruel creature as her so-called sisters.
He placed his other hand against his muscular chest, never once looking away from Calder as his palm rested over his heart. “She owns my body. She even owns my will, but my heart is yours.”
The story starts when Sari, a beautiful young woman is attacked, beaten and almost raped. The Royal Guard saves her and she is taken to the Sacred City because by the moon marks on her body she is identified as a Rayian female, who is supposed to be sacred and protected. Here she is left to the care of the consorts, and as the attraction between the three is overwhelming and palpable from the very beginning, Taryan and Calder suspect that Sari is long-lost heiress.
It felt like she had just spent a lifetime crossing a fathomless ocean, and he and Taryen were the island she’d been looking for, her safe haven after a lifetime of fighting the storms.
The marriage form in the society of Auroria is group marriage, consisting of two bisexual men and a woman. But the connection between the Queen and her consorts is more than a simple spousehood. Sari, Taryan and Calder were born in the same exact moment, they are not only meant for each other, but bonded spiritually and mentally.
Calder and Taryan must do as Sari wishes; furthermore Sari is able to pass over her own abilities to them, merely with a mental command, even from a great distance.
Of course, many members of the council and the aristocracy are not happy that the Queen is back. Fights erupt between the Royalists and the followers of Laysa all over the city, meanwhile Sari, Taryan and Calder are fleeing to find a place where they could finish the bonding ceremony, and solidify Sari’s powers.
Reclaiming her throne is dangerous, sometimes it seems even hopeless. Sari, Calder and Taryan have to fight many battles, to endure terror and betrayal to triumph. Slowly it becomes clear who are faithful to the monarchy and who aren’t, and how much tragedy, suffering and self-sacrifice took place in the last twenty years, especially in the last couple of days, that helped the Queen to redeem her throne.
Plot and erotica
The erotic scenes are hot and steamy, and also very emotional, filled with love, intimacy, and life-long devotion.
Sari unintentionally witnesses Calder and Taryan’s lovemaking: so much love and so deep connection radiates from their every touch and kiss, that it seems impossible for a third person to intrude their unity.
“I would do anything for you, endure any pain, any humiliation. I would suffer for an eternity to protect you from the life our gods gave you.”
But the author absolutely succeeds in writing a believable triad relationship. Sari connects to them as no one else could, and you don’t feel it too fast or groundless, but natural and obvious. The equality, respect, and love of the three of them is amazing.
Characters & World-building
I loved the spiritual connection between the Queen and her planet, Auroria, as well as the spiritual and mental bond between the Queen and her Consorts. Pity you don’t get more about the planet’s nature, areas, and cities. I would love to read more about this unique world.
The planet was alive to her now. She could feel its energy —a living, breathing thing inside her—and it was too beautiful to abandon, even in the name of love and friendship. It was a companion, the purest part of her soul, and she could feel it reacting to her unhappiness a thousand times stronger than before.
Calder and Taryan are very special characters. Raised together since their infantry, Calder and Taryan are not only best friends and comrades, but devoted lovers too. I loved them together.
A lifetime of love, discovered passions that were the only escape from their dark reality, the pleasure that was so potent it could erase any pain.
Sari is a beautiful, strong heroine. She has many special gifts, such as understanding all languages, and spying good and evil intentions, and a kind, generous personality. Sari values her Consorts and everyone around her, unbiased, no matter where they come from.
I loved the secondary characters, Aria, as well as the triad of Macro, Haven and Kayla. I so want to read their story too!
Laysa, the sadistic, evil, self-proclaimed queen is a really well-drawn antagonist. Her bloodthirst and cruelty have no limit.
The cover is beautiful and fits the characters very much. With The Queen’s Consorts Ms. Moon has become my new favorite author.
Highly recommended to polyromance addicts!