Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review Tour: Patron Of Mercy (Lords of The Underworld #3) by Sam Burns & W.M Fawkes

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Length: 70,000 words approx.

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Lords of the Underworld Series

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Lach has spent the last few thousand years counting only on himself. What he needed, he took. What he wanted, he won with charm. All except a god he turned his back on an age ago, when he had a different name and didn’t know what he was giving up.

Thanatos, god of merciful death, is one of the gentlest gods in the pantheon—easing the transition between life and death for billions of mortals. But he has faced eternity alone. After breaking his heart on the sharp words of a fisherman’s son, he hasn’t been able to connect with anyone.

Now, Lach is crashing back into Thanatos’s life, dragging him into an adventure that could save the world . . . or kill them both.


Christelle's review:

Third (and sadly) last installment of this excellent “Lords of the Underworld” series, fantasy MM romances with Greek Gods set in today's times. Add a second chance trope in this one. It’s a standalone, but I would advise to read the previous books (not a hardship, LOL).

Thanatos, God of Death and Lahr, a facetious “pirate-y” immortal, had been lovers, but that was a long time ago. The shenanigans of the Gods are going to reunite them in a quest of “Indian-Jones-esc / Pirate-of-The-Carribean-esque” proportions to recover Cronus’s scythe and save the earthly world.

What made this one a success for me?

The world building is very creative and once again, the liberties taken by the authors with Greek mythology were perfect. Thanatos, God of Merciful Death, was portrayed as a very endearing character and yes, as mentioned in the blurb, very gentle. And then, there is “Misericordia” : a boat as a matchmaker, this is worth experiencing, LOL !

I love the sense of humor of these authors as well as the instilled touch of satyr of modern societies. Lahr’s aversion for smartphones and the proficiency of social medias by our Gods were a delight.

And finally, the entertaining adventures of Thanatos and Lahr didn’t take over the romance between our MCS (argh…this sex scene and Lahr’s reaction when Thanatos kept from kissing him…so touching). These two deserved their second chance and Lahr’s grovelling was very moving. A tiny bit more of steam would have pleased me but the riveting saving of Lahr, the sweet HEA and Lahr’s hilarious jealous fit when the previous MCs made a small appearance more than made up for it:

"Prometheus smiled handsomely with his fucking handsome face and his well-trimmed beard and his ridiculous kind eyes and seriously, fuck that guy."

For all fans of fantasy MM romances or simply if you’re looking for an entertaining MM romance: give this series a try and enjoy the ride.

ARC of “Patron of Mercy” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the authors:

Sam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.
If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. With coauthor Sam Burns, she writes feisty Greek gods, men, and monsters in the Lords of the Underworld series. She lives with her partner in a house owned by three halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.

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