Lord of the White Hell, Book 1
I don’t remember where I got this book, but I think it was a present.
Kiram is a mechanist that is chosen to attend a prestigious academy. He is the first Haldiim to ever be admitted. His new roommate, a Cadeleonian named Javier, is the heir to a dukedom and also the keeper of an immense power that scares the shit out of everyone around him. Javier and Kiram together could be very good, if they can survive all the enemies and secrets that surround them.
This book covers a lot, including racism and homophobia, which is a little strange for a fantasy book. Usually, their cover of racism is under a metaphor for elves versus humans and the like, and homophobia doesn’t usually make sense in a world that is entirely made up. As this book is written by a white woman, too, the topics don’t seem entirely appropriate, but the writing is good.
That being said, Lord of the White Hell is more like a harlequin novel mixed with a fanfiction. Kiram and Javier are full of life, and while they don’t always make sense, it’s just a fun ride. This would probably be more for older high schoolers, since the characters have the same emotional immaturity. Regardless, I had a good time reading it.
Well, fun ride except for a few points, the main point being Javier. The ending rubbed me completely the wrong way. Javier knows exactly what he’s done, he’s entirely in the wrong, and yet he’s the biggest asshole to Kiram who has sacrificed so much for Javier and who already has so many other things going on. I’m going to read the next one, but I don’t think there’s much that’s going to change my opinion of Javier.
Trigger warnings: homophobia, racism, rape, sexual content