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Duty to the clan is the first lesson every Serpent child learns. Yeijiro, born with no gifts and lacking the skills most valued by the Serpent, has turned his back on that duty, joining the Imperial Marshals to offer direct service to the Emperor herself.
As daughter of the Prime Minister of the Dragon clan, Corinne knows her duty as well, but when a fight with a demon puts Corinne on leave from her beloved Phoenix Guard, her mother takes that opportunity to drag Corinne into the political landscape Corinne has worked all her life to avoid.
A conspiracy against the life of the Emperor sees Corinne and Yeijiro working together, both thrown into the deep end of the Imperial Court, a world of intrigue and sex where all five clans vie for power. Yeijiro’s loyalties are put into question as he must now prove himself to both the Lord Marshal and to Miyōshi Tōru, lord of the clan Yeijiro renounced. While Corinne is drawn into a world of desire and decadence by a mysterious patron who is quite certainly more dangerous than she appears.
Yeijiro and Corinne must find a way to balance the duty they owe their clans against the growing desires of their hearts, or risk not only their own lives, but the life of the Emperor herself.
READ THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT: BL; yuri; lots of hot, steamy sex embedded in an exciting space opera story; epic stories with many points of view; romances that play out over years, with all the ups and downs you'd expect; a rich, complex fantasy world of intrigue and adventure; fancy clothes; swordfights; demons; sex parties
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If you can't tell by the score, this is a damn good story.
It starts strong, with the first chapter involving a crashing airship and plots against the emperor. Both classics, and for good reason.
The story itself is a magitech hybrid setting, with machines powered by magical spirits (though the story doesn't call them that, it's what they are) and fun with warp space. It's well-trodden ground, but still, our author finds new ways to play with old ideas.
And the character interplay is great. Each notable character in the story is complex and has numerous motivations ranging from mundane to grand, and petty to selfless. One of the emperor's first lines is “My dear boy, if we put dinner on hold every time a new plot was hatched, we’d starve.” That sort of dry humor is sprinkled throughout, and adds a bit of welcome levity to an otherwise intense story.
Grammar: better than most professional works.
The only things that was off-putting was a number of truncated sentences where the author went with a full stop instead of a semicolon or comma as would have been appropriate, and the adverbs. Fun little life-hack for writers: when you're done with a chapter, use cntrl+f to search for 'ly'. You can (probably) delete all of those words and make your story stronger for it.
(Fortunately) if that's the worst I can say, you know it's good. I recommend it to any and all fans of fantasy or science fiction. Which seems to be everyone here, so have at.
I like this story. I also hate this story.
The world building and overarching plot are excellent and every chapter is a revelation big or small. Which is very exciting to read. On the other hand the sex reads like something out of a trashy barnes and noble book and that's okay because I have read and enjoyed plenty of those. However things get a little to abusive or submissive for my tastes.
I would like to leave a good review but I'm holding myself back from leaving an angry review because
most yeijiro chapters leave me fuming beacause he submits so hard for toru for nebulous reasons, Corinne is incredibly naive and sheltered and self-centered, and Roman has to know he's about to fuck over his squadron or entire clan by hiding the fact that he's mentally compromised.
The characters are infuriating but this story deserves a good overall score because it is so well put together and exciting to read, even if I dislike some parts.