So This is Ever After review | And the rest is prophecy.

Posted March 31, 2022 by geograph in fantasy, review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

So This is Ever After review | And the rest is prophecy.So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 29, 2022
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, Juvenile Fiction / General, Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories, Juvenile Fiction / Love & Romance, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General, Young Adult Fiction / Humorous / General, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ
Pages: 352
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

An instant New York Time bestseller!

Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this subversive, “delightfully original and whimsical” (Kirkus Reviews) young adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive.

Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler. So now that he’s finally managed to (somewhat clumsily) behead the evil king (turns out magical swords yanked from bogs don’t come pre-sharpened), he and his rag-tag group of quest companions are at a bit of a loss for what to do next.

As a temporary safeguard, Arek’s best friend and mage, Matt, convinces him to assume the throne until the true heir can be rescued from her tower. Except that she’s dead. Now Arek is stuck as king, a role that comes with a magical catch: choose a spouse by your eighteenth birthday, or wither away into nothing.

With his eighteenth birthday only three months away, and only Matt in on the secret, Arek embarks on a desperate bid to find a spouse to save his life—starting with his quest companions. But his attempts at wooing his friends go painfully and hilariously wrong…until he discovers that love might have been in front of him all along.

Okay so first of all. THIS COVER ART. I’m SO in love with it. This is like. A More Adult version of CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell? It’s a slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance. The vibes are HORNY. Is it written well? NO. Is it written fun? YES. It’s basically like if you were reading someone else’s D&D adventure, which is GREAT.

Four stars. Great read. Thanks to NetGalley etc etc. Bookshop link. Storygraph link.

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