Release Day Review: The Gryphon King's Consort, by Jenn Burke
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.
Of Two Minds
Yet, in contrast, there is a huge emphasis on what kind of clothes people wear, the style, the colour, and everything. Also, a lot of info dumps about the history and heritage of gryphons and other beings. In this book, they're called Mythos – probably from the whole “mythological creature” idea. But, it shows a complete disparity in writing. There is too much focus on the small details of clothing, too many info dumps that are repeated – given naturally at first, then repeated later to introduce new information about the same subject – while offering very little in the way of actual, necessary information about the Mythos and world building.