The Chosen

The Chosen

by Annette Gisby

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The Chosen by Annette Gisby

The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peach. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.

Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.

With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, and magic in the air, outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781291504538
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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The Chosen 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
katsuai More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book for free, in exchange for an honest review. This is a good m/m fantasy to read if you want something short and sweet. The world building is interesting, but could be expanded – lots of potential for more in-depth backstory to flesh out the world even more.  The plot is predictable and the characters could use a little more development. I just felt that there was something lacking between Severin and Havyn to make their romance a bit more convincing. All in all, the whole story feels rushed, which is a shame because, man, so much potential.  The world-building really intrigued me, but left me with more questions than answers, such as “Why the hostility between Arcathia and Oscia?” Also, Eltan’s death was sort of a bummer. There was no closure between him and Havyn. I just don’t like loose ends.  So, in other words: short, sweet, and a little too rushed. Just lacking a little more oomph to give it four stars, but otherwise it was a good read.
prismseven More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this story in exchange for a honest review. This story captures the emotional turmoil of two young men as they accept and embrace their love for each other.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Gisby’s unique combination of fantasy and reality creates a story that everyone can identify with in some way or another.  She works a social commentary in behind this very imaginative tale that gives the reader something to think about, even if they don’t necessarily realise it’s there.  She brilliantly captures your imagination through vividly clear descriptions that allow your imagination to soar.  Gisby has also developed a very solid storyline that pulls her reader forward throughout.   The contrast of characters in this novel was quite unique.  I enjoyed the fact that neither of the main characters were perfect.  Both were fighting who they were and trying to become more than what they thought they should be.  They were quite well developed as individuals trying to find their place within a world that society has dictated for them.  The supporting cast was also quite unique.  Although not an overly large cast, they definitely filled the bill perfectly.  A couple of them could have used a bit more development so that we could get to know them as people, but as a whole they fulfilled their roles within the story quite well.  The complete about-face in the viewpoints of a couple of the characters right at the end of the novel was a bit odd, but yet fit perfectly with the storyline as a whole.  It suited who they were and showed much growth on their part.   Overall, this was a novel that kept me completely captivated throughout.  Gisby’s combination of fantasy and real world prejudices created a platform for her gripping tale of love’s triumph.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Books_on_Silver_Wings More than 1 year ago
Severin, the only prince of Arcathia, is bound by duty to marry a princess of Oscia to end their nation's old feud. He buys Hayvn from the slave market and then frees him to become Ildar's apprentice. He is attracted to Hayvn but resists his desires because of Ildar's  beliefs that wizards can't have sex since it may lessen their magical power. Once he confirms their mutual attraction, Severin and Hayvn become unbearably horny and then find all kinds of ways to have sex. I find Severin to be really immature. I can understand his rashness and recklessness in grief but not in other circumstances. He really puts his personal life before duty and the country's well-being. As the prince and heir to the throne, he should be more responsible and smarter in his decisions. I don't believe in their love relationship either. Severin seems to only see the sex. Hayvn seems to like Severin because he's his savior. They are not quite on an equal footing. Between Severin and Hayvn, I like Hayvn better. His fears and background as an ex-slave brought another level to his character. The best part of the book is the world-building and the Aldari, a magical race of people that disappeared from the world. The mystery behind the race and their magical powers is really interesting. All the major characters are related to the Aldari or are connected. Unfortunately, there are a lot of mixed signals regarding the Aldari and I feel like I missed the whole point or significance of the Aldari in the story. The Aldari princess was cold and transcendental while the Aldari priests were very welcoming. This part of the world-building is not really complete and leaves the reader guessing. The ending of the story was rushed and glossed over. The solution to every issue is to have the problematic people die. All the people related to any obstacles or ethical issues just died. The relationship between the princess and her husband is unclear and left as a cliffhanger. Overall, it's a great read that takes me to a magical land. I love the adventure the characters underwent, the sea journey, magical guides, and finding the damsel in distress (the Aldari princess). This part of the story reads like a fairy tale. If you love adventure and magical worlds, give this book a try. *received review copy in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Chosen is a nice blend of magic, a land at war, royalty, and romance. It is a shorter book (118 pages) but does not feel like it's short at all. You do get the full storyline of Prince Severin and his worries about the possibility of him leading his kingdom. There's also Havyn who has been rescued from slavery and is now learning magic from Ildar who is hopelessly stuck in the past. Overall, it's a great story and an enjoyable read. ***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Prince Severin of Arcathia occassionally wanders into Oscia, in disguise, as not to upset the tentative peace after centuries of waging war against each other. He uses money he saved to buy slaves and set them free. This time, his eyes falls on Havyn, a young slave, who Severin decides to rescue. But Havyn isn’t an ordinary slave. With abilities far surpassing the ordinary, and traces of magic in his blood, plus a sharp tongue and a good amount of wit, he makes an excellent match for Severin, who has no interest in women or ever getting married, and would much prefer Havyn’s company. However, Severin doesn’t want to force the young man into something he may not entirely agree with, so he stays mute about his feelings. When Severin and his travel companion, the royal wizard Ildar, leave to go back to Arcathia, it is decided that Havyn, with his magical aptitude, will become Ildar’s newest apprentice. However, this means it is the young man’s duty to stay chaste…Something that grows increasingly tougher the more time he spends with Severin. Relationships between princes and former slaves are highly frowned upon, naturally, but that doesn’t stop Severin and Havyn from longing for each other… I was surprised by the depth of this story. At only 96 pages in .pdf format, it’s a quick, but intriguing read. The fantasy world we’re introduced to, with the neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia, is a vast, imaginative world, and well-explained, even in such a short time frame. We’re straightaway introduced to our main cast, and the relationships between the characters take shape rather quickly, but not too quick. I’m a fan of slow romance, the kind that builds gradually over time, starting with attraction and only over time developing in love. While there was definitely a build up here, I would have no problem if the build up had lasted longer. The book started straight into the action though. Fantasy novels often start by rambling off the world’s history in the first few chapters, but this certainly didn’t happen here. The story is very character-driven, and it’s the characters who shine and make the book come alive. I preferred Severin over Havyn, but I liked both of them. Severin had a more serious attitude, which I preferred. His internal struggle was very well described, and I could easily relate to him. Story-wise, I was hooked. This was a fast-paced, intriguing, romantic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago