Into the Passageways
Author: Ana Reese
Title: Into the Passageways
Series: Serving Royalty 2
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
Three months ago Jonas was forced to take up work as a palace whore, available to pleasure whichever nobles desire him—and unexpectedly attracted the notice of the crown prince. Now he serves no one else, and find himself increasingly entangled in the dangerous politics of the court, endangering not only his own life but that of the strange princes he is helplessly coming to love...
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jonas was conned into becoming a sex slave, but he found himself warming Prince Noel's bed exclusively. He's happy enough with what turned out to be an okay life, although the problems with being owned by the man he's falling in love with do keep cropping up. Worse than that, though, is the secrets Jonas is keeping from Noel, secrets, it turns out, that aren't as dire as the ones Noel has been keeping from Jonas.
I figured out how to read this series without automatically being disappointed. If I mentally force myself to see the stories in this series as individual chapters in a serial-style release, I can forget the fact that there isn't a defined beginning, middle, or end to either book in this series. This story starts soon after the cliffhanger from the previous book and ends a few chapters later at a cliffhanger that will no doubt be picked up in the next book.
All the character building occurred in the first book of the serial, which left Into the Passageways to really begin focusing on the plot. The introduction to the political intrigue was clumsy, but enjoyable, and I liked reading about how Jonas is slowly figuring out how to navigate in the world of princes and kings when he's wearing the sash of a slave. However, the theme to this series is definitely providing a jarring ending. Just as the plot really begins to take off with all the twists and turns growing into the climax of the story, the book ends. As a serial-style book, the cliffhanger works as it forces me to click the link that will bring me to the next part, however as a proper book it really, really does not work at all.
If I think of this series as a set of chapters in a serial-style story, the lack of structure to the individual books as well as the consistently jarring endings doesn't bother me as much. This book isn't being marketed that way, so those lacks really hurt the overall story. I do recommend it, because I am enjoying reading it, I just don't think it's a full-fledged book.
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