Book: The Chosen by Annette Gisbycategories: Book, Princes, Royalty, Slavery, Male/Male Romance, Fantasy Romance
Annette Gisbyabout this book: A few years ago I wanted to write a fairy story for adults during National Novel Wrting month. The prince of the tale, Severin, came to me very quickly. I knew what he looked like, what sort of man he was, or at least I thought I did. Since it was a fairy tale, I thought he needed a princess to rescue, but I couldn't picture her at all, she just wasn't coming to me.
After a few frustrating days of writing and crossing out, another character kept popping into my head. He was young, handsome and a slave. Severin nodded sagely, that's who he wanted to rescue: Havyn, the male slave. It soon transpired that I didn't know Severin as well as I thought; in all my character development and copious notes, I hadn't realised until then that he was gay.
Once I'd figured that out, the story flowed much better. But as with any story, conflict was needed. It was a fairy tale, yes, and I wanted a happy ending, as most good fairy tales have, but there had to be some things to overcome in order to get to that point.
Severin, is the only heir to the throne, his parents want him married and settled with children on the way. He's torn because he wants to do his duty to the kingdom and he's also drawn to Havyn.
Havyn is taken on as a wizarding apprentice and his master, Ildar, is a proponent of the old ways - he is convinced that wizards should remain chaste in order to better channel their powers. Havyn and Severin are in quite close proximity most of the time and the passion between them grows daily, but they can only look, not touch.
How do you go from that to a happy ending? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out :)
Some reviews of The Chosen:
• "Severin and Havyn are sweet characters, a joy to read about, and more than that they deserve their happy ending. In a world where romance novels seem filled with arrogant bastards, these two made for a refreshing change, and it was a pleasure to accompany them on their journey."
— Only True Magic full review at: http://onlytruemagic.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-chosen-annette-gisby-review.html
• "There are some surprising twists and turns in the story as well as quite predictable ones and, as in any fairy tale, all the problems are worked out and almost everyone lives happily after. I'd recommend this story to anyone who wants to escape into a fantastical world where almost anything can happen."
— Rainbow Book Reviews, full review at: http://www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/the-chosen-by-annette-gisby-at-lyrical-press
• "Annette Gisby has written a fantastic book with clandestine visits, secret dreams, and a fantastic ending. The seduction was the entire book with the reader wondering with bated breathe as to when the two would finally get together."
— Bitten by Books, full review at: http://www.bittenbybooks.com/29542/the-chosen-by-annette-gisby/
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