3.5Some solid fantasy world building with well developed characters both the MCs and secondary ones. I enjoy stories with misunderstood characters and Alric definitely classifies and I liked seeing how Gareth's perception of him changed. I loved how the bad guy was defeated, I thought it was very clever.Even though this is The Kingdom of Orielle #1, I don't think the author is writing books anymore so sadly, we'll never know what happens to the other characters in this world. I'll always wonder about Finneas!If you like some fantasy in your MM this is a solid read. It's a slow relationship build but an enjoyable journey to a HEA.