My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Prince Allen is sent to the capital to be the High King Sarrica’s consort only to find himself cruelly rejected and mocked. Scared to return home and face the derision of his parents for his failure, he joins a band of mercenaries as their translator. When Allen and the mercenaries are captured, Sarrica is forced to re-evaluate Allen and his talents.
The High King’s Golden Tongue is a wonderful, charming fantasy m/m story. Megan Derr has created a rich and believable world in this short story, with characters that are deep and multi-faceted. Serrica at first seems cruel, but when the layers of his reasoning are pulled back we see a different man, one who is kind but reluctant to let go of the past. Allen is young and seems naive, but has been through more than we initially realize, and his talent with languages is invaluable to the kingdom. The two characters complement each other perfectly and there is real chemistry between them. I was sad that it ended so soon, as I easily could have read another two hundred pages about what they went on to achieve together.
I absolutely recommend The High King’s Golden Tongue to anybody looking for a quality, free m/m read. I look forward to reading some of Megan Derr’s other works in the future.