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Son in Sorrow (An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom)

Son in Sorrow - MeiLin Miranda 4.5/5
I remember how much I loved the first book in this series, Lovers & Beloveds. With its sexual heat and vast world-building it strongly reminded me of Jacqueline Carey. However, Son in Sorrow is a much darker book, more in tune with realistic fantasy by George Martin.

I've talked about the project that turned into this series. Meilin writes serialised fiction, so both book #1 and book #2 were crowd-funded, everything was done professionally from art to proofreading and editing. You really can see that the end result is excellent.

Son in Sorrow is long and pretty slow plot wise. Temmin still travels through The Book reliving the life of his ancestors and he still continues his education in Nerr and Neya's temple. However, darker times are coming. Or shall I say "Winter is coming"?

There is a rebellion brewing from the sidelines of Greater Kingdom, his mother becomes an unwitting victim of a religious conspiracy and Temmin himself turns into more and more obvious chess figure in the Game of Gods. There is a purpose to what they are doing to him, there are layers of intrigue, but I still can't see where it's all going...

The set of characters in this series is huge, they all play their own important role which you don't really get until some sort of interaction between them starts a chain reaction. It's pretty fascinating really.

Overall, Son in Sorrow has a hypnotic, charming quality of storytelling and I really want to see where Meilin Miranda will be going with this series. Recommended...