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In this sequel to Lovers and Beloveds, MeiLin Miranda continues the saga of the Antremont family, kings of one continent, would-be emperors of another, and subjects to the whims of gods.For a thousand years, the trapped, immortal Teacher has carefully planned escape. Now it all depends on one young man whose heart is tested like never before.Estranged from his father, PrinIn this sequel to Lovers and Beloveds, MeiLin Miranda continues the saga of the Antremont family, kings of one continent, would-be emperors of another, and subjects to the whims of gods.For a thousand years, the trapped, immortal Teacher has carefully planned escape. Now it all depends on one young man whose heart is tested like never before.Estranged from his father, Prince Temmin Antremont struggles within the Lovers' Temple for peace of mind. A murder rips away his greatest support. His forbidden love of Allis Obby, the human host of a goddess, may get them both killed. And all the while, enemies inside and outside the kingdom are plotting against the monarchy, and the gods prove once again they are no one's friends.Set in a Victorianesque world of magic, sexuality, political intrigue and military conquest, Son in Sorrow is the second book in the epic fantasy series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom....

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Son in Sorrow Reviews

  • Jean Konieczny
    2019-03-12 04:01

    Ok... now I'm hooked. Gotta get the first and third now!!

  • Kate Sherrod
    2019-03-01 03:18

    MeiLin Miranda likes to use an amusing tagline for her fiction, announcing that she writes "fantasy with all the good parts left in," and it's quite apropos. The book for which she is perhaps best known to date (how I discovered her, at any rate) is the first set in this "Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom", Lovers and Beloveds, had lots and lots and lots of "good parts" in its two entertwined storylines, an arousing and disturbing and graceful read if ever there was one. And yes, I'm talking about sex, which is treated both frankly and delicately and in some detail in this series.But what she could equally call it is "the feminine side of fantasy," for while these stories are set in a more or less typical epic fantasy world* -- gods are real as is magic, big burly men wear shiny armor and fight with swords, feudalism is in full effect -- but Ms. Miranda is more interested in the lives of the women who are kept in keeps and castles until they're useful to cement alliances or birth babies or look good on a nobleman's arm, even as these books seem primarily concerned with the life and education of a young man, Prince Temmin, heir to a vast kingdom (his education as we see it is focused on teaching him the stereotypically "feminine" qualities of empathy, compassion, attention to small detail, and oh, yes, good sex, which in Ms. Miranda's world does not happen without those other qualities. Let's hear it for MeiLin!).Above all, we are prompted to consider the consequences of sex, and how women bear the worst of them in pretty much every society, even a fantasy one in which great goddesses actually walk among their worshippers through taking over willing "Embodiments" -- the many roles of woman, of lover, mother, teacher and healer may be sacred, but the actual women playing these roles still get treated pretty badly.In Lovers and Beloveds, we were pulled into the story of Prince Temmin as a young man, as he fell for and doggedly pursued the woman who served as one of the Embodiments of the Lovers, twin deities, male and female, who preside over love and sexuality -- meaning, he was after a woman who is off limits -- right into her Temple, where he decided against his father's most strident wishes to enter as a Supplicant, a sort of high level lay priest (there was apparently a prophecy that if the Heir ever joined the Lovers' Temple, the monarchy would end in revolution and revolt, something no aristocracy wants to happen). As he decided to buck his father and the rest of society's expectations, he was magically immersed in the sad-yet-lovely story of some distant ancestors, a dethroned king and a cruelly enchanted princess whose love ultimately triumphed and whose experiences helped guide Temmin into deciding to go for it.Alas, no decision made by one in his position is without consequences, and so he becomes the titular Son in Sorrow of this second volume (that title guides the reader's thoughts down a melancholy path as the story takes hold, and this is no accident), close to the Embodiment yet never further away even when he gets to sleep with her, enduring the icy disapproval of his father, and mostly out of contact with his mother and sisters, whose own anguished affairs threaten at times to dominate his tale -- even when a man is center stage in this Intimate History, he is defined by his relationships to women, even when he rides out to battle, as evidenced in the ancestral story Temmin is immersed this time around, this one a royal bastard whose mother bounced from kingdom to kingdom until the grieving ruler of one of Tremont's enemies married her and made her troubles even worse.These works are often compared to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and for good reason, but I find the comparison sells these Intimate Histories short: I find them to be superior works in many respects. Miranda may not write battle scenes as well as Martin, though she is no slouch in that department, but her understanding of and compassion for her characters is far greater, her magical and theological conceits better thought out and more thematically and aesthetically consistent, her insights into the human psyche keener. Male readers may dislike how her male characters are circumscribed by her females, but then, that is the whole point, for the whole nature of these books is to tell the "unknown" stories of royal mistresses and jilted lovers and illegitimate children even as they detail the coming of age of a Crown Prince whose very existence is owed just as much to the suffering -- and triumphs -- of these women as to the mighty kings and princes (and bastard sons) who make up his male lineage.I didn't want this book to end but found myself racing to the finish nonetheless and now I find myself grateful indeed that Miranda releases her fiction in serialized doses on her website before formally publishing it. I first encountered her Intimate History this way, but then held off for the second novel until this volume saw formal publication**. I'm pretty sure I'll just be haunting her website again for more, though. Patience was never really one of my virtues.*A lot of readers have compared this world to Victorian England, but I kept thinking of Austria. The Antremonts (the royal family of this series) made me think more of a polytheist Hapsburg clan than of the early Windsors. Let's say, the Hapsburgs had they and their empire been colonized an an early date by the Goa'uld, for that is what this setting's polytheism most reminds me of.**Not that I totally had to wait; Miranda is a personal friend and gave me an advanced review copy of this book when I wheedled her into it. She's nice like that. Try that with George R.R. Martin, kiddies!

  • Clare K. R.
    2019-03-10 07:15


  • Keryl Raist
    2019-03-08 06:03

    A while back, I reviewed An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom: Lovers and Beloveds. And I really enjoyed it. It was a glorious mix of epic politics and an erotic coming of age that just made me happy all the way through. Did I have some quibbles? Sure, but they were minor, and the whole thing was just a lovely book.Recently, MeiLin Miranda sent me book two in the series, Son in Sorrow, and I'm happy to say, I love this one. Lovers and Beloveds was a good, solid, first book, and Son in Sorrow is even better.These books cover so much and so deeply they are hard to categorize, but I'll try. These are the stories of what it takes to go from being a boy to a man to a king.There are scads of boy-turns-into-man stories out there, and usually they just scratch the surface, as if making a few hard decisions and killing monsters is enough to do the job. It's not. And Miranda does a brilliant job showing this.These stories deal with not just the idea of making hard decisions, but also the soft ones, the ones that look easy on the surface but ripple outward over the years. In Lovers and Beloved the joys, erotic and emotional, of love were studied. In Son in Sorrow, the pain of love lost, jealousy, and the desire for revenge are on the menu.This is love bound by the larger world filled with political intrigue. It's not enough that Temmin, now twenty, has to sort himself out, but he must do it on a grand stage as the Heir of a mighty kingdom, in the eyes of everyone and with scores of men out to plot his downfall.Like Lovers, Son in Sorrow is filled with first rate world building. This reads as a history of a real world, just one you've never met before. Like Lovers, the story in story technique is used to great effect as a way to help young Temmin understand what he needs to know to help grasp at least some of what is going on around him.Unlike Lovers, Son in Sorrow spends more time with the secondary characters. Plot threads only hinted at in Lovers get picked up, taken along for a quick tantalizing visit, and then left to germinate. Characters who flitted in and out of Lovers get their own screen time, and I'm eagerly awaiting to see where they go. A few new ones pop up as well, and seeing how well Miranda has done with the first two books, I'm happily anticipating and debating where they'll come in later in the story and how.This is an author who does her homework. The Greater History is a complex and EPIC tale, and so far, more than 600 pages into the series we're still meeting new characters, learning new history, and setting up what is going to be an absolute corker of a tale. Yet, with the fact that this is all set up for a greater story, the bits we've already gotten do not feel unimportant or rushed. There's no sense of the author biding her time, just waiting for all the characters to get into place. This planning for the grand show to come is just as important, and interesting, as what I hope will be heading our way in the future.So, that said, out you get for a copy of Lovers and Beloveds and Son in Sorrow. Read them! Then bookmark Miss Miranda's page so that you can get in on the next one as soon as it's out. It will be well worth your time.

  • Kara-karina
    2019-03-19 02:17

    4.5/5 I remember how much I loved the first book in this series, Lovers & Beloveds. With its sexual heat and vast world-building it strongly reminded me of Jacqueline Carey. However, Son in Sorrow is a much darker book, more in tune with realistic fantasy by George Martin.I've talked about the project that turned into this series. Meilin writes serialised fiction, so both book #1 and book #2 were crowd-funded, everything was done professionally from art to proofreading and editing. You really can see that the end result is excellent.Son in Sorrow is long and pretty slow plot wise. Temmin still travels through The Book reliving the life of his ancestors and he still continues his education in Nerr and Neya's temple. However, darker times are coming. Or shall I say "Winter is coming"?There is a rebellion brewing from the sidelines of Greater Kingdom, his mother becomes an unwitting victim of a religious conspiracy and Temmin himself turns into more and more obvious chess figure in the Game of Gods. There is a purpose to what they are doing to him, there are layers of intrigue, but I still can't see where it's all going...The set of characters in this series is huge, they all play their own important role which you don't really get until some sort of interaction between them starts a chain reaction. It's pretty fascinating really. Overall, Son in Sorrow has a hypnotic, charming quality of storytelling and I really want to see where Meilin Miranda will be going with this series. Recommended...

  • Lauren
    2019-02-24 02:07

    I was very much looking forward to reading this book. This one follows Temmin as he serves in Lovers Temple, and the new set of challenges he faces during those two years. Carefully meshed in with that story is the tale of his ancestor, Temmin the Third. I really like the idea of a prince learning the real, gritty, non-textbook version stories of his past. The lessons sure seem to stick more. In this novel Temmin is learning how to act more like a future king, deal with falling in love with the wrong person, and how to survive big family changes. It's certainly not an easy two years for him. This ended up being very different from what I expected. So much was changed around from the pervious draft I read online, and holy plot twists Batman! I loved seeing the changes in Temmin. He is becoming quite the smooth talker when it comes to politics. Teacher was also a bit amusing in this story. He has a snarky side to him that showed through a little bit. I still think he's quite fascinating. The ending of the book left me waiting for more, more, more! I hope some of the plot lines that were in the original second book will be moved to the third, as Sedra's story was interesting. "Son in Sorrow" ended on such raw emotions that perfectly sets up the next novel.The writing style was wonderful, as typical for MeiLin Miranda's works. It is very easy to read, and the story flows along so smoothly, even with it jumping around in both place and time. Very well done.

  • Dinique Brooks
    2019-02-28 07:00

    I loved this book SO much. So much that I'm regretting purchasing it instead of sticking with the serialization. Because at least then... at least then, I wouldn't have to deal with the wait for the next book in the series as opposed to waiting for the next portion of the serial which now that I think about it, would certainly not have been as bad.The story is very detailed with a lovely background that pulls you in and makes it easy to understand how things work. Granted, reading the first book "Lovers and Beloveds" is recommended. It will answer many a question likely brought up by the previous.But even still, the story is so intriguing, so pulling that you probably need not read it at all in order to enjoy this sequel. The pace is nice and balanced. A nice flow of peace and drama that interchanges through the telling. You get involved with the characters. Indeed, some of the more minor ones from the previous story become just a bit more major.You will surely be surprised and confused, wondering about the motivations and trying to predict what will happen next. I love the fact this got an emotional response out of me and I care deeply what happens next.I say anyone should read this if they get a chance. Seriously.

  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    2019-03-15 09:10

    I'm givng author MeiLin Miranda for her shout-out to Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, one of my favorite purveyors of unique fragrance potions. My favorites are Lucy's Kiss, Perversion (go figure), Whip and Titania.Okay, onto the book. Son in Sorrow is book two of the History of the Greater Kingdoms and puts us right back into all the wonderful scheming, heresies, and political intrigue that is one of the hallmarks of great fantasy. There's also the incarnations of the gods--Nerr and Neya--and their doings feel somewhat reminiscent of Jacqueline Carey's Namaah (though the similarities are fairly limited). Thankfully Prince Temmin has matured a lot more and does his duties to the temple as any good acolyte, save he has a big problem. He's in love with Allis, the young woman who becomes the incarnation of the goddess Neya twice a year. He's supposed to be able to separate love and the act of love and doesn't seem to be able to, which causes some deep soul searching.

  • M.K. Hobson
    2019-03-16 02:08

    A wonderful sequel to "Lovers and Beloveds," "Son in Sorrow" plays out across a much larger canvas, both in space and time. This book's many characters, plots and subplots gives it an incredible feeling of richness. But even though I found this book more complex and layered than its predecessor, these different threads are woven together with consummate skill. The sex scenes (which the author always handles beautifully) are fewer and further between than in the previous book, but that's a natural result of her opening up of the narrative. All in all, a really splendid read and I can't wait for the third one!

  • Manoki
    2019-03-13 09:24

    Did you love the MISTS OF AVALON? Meilin Miranda's Intimate History series (of which SON IN SORROW is Book #2) is written in a similar way and takes place in a similar setting. Although Avalon is medieval England and the Intimate History is in a fantasy world like England the early 1800's, the writing is similarly captivating and the perspective is similarly about the women behind and around a young king/prince. I have trouble putting Meilin Miranda's books down, they are so captivating. If you read the first two and can't wait for the third to come out, check out her "extra" bonus chapters of the Intimate History books: The Gratification Engine and Accounts.

  • Najela
    2019-03-22 09:03

    5! 5! A million times 5!

  • Maryesther
    2019-03-06 08:27

    Utterly absorbing. Now I have to wait for books 3 & 4.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-10 08:26

    What an emotional roller coaster! Plus a cliffhanger ending?!?!?? Omg! The sequel surpassed the first. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-08 06:01

    can't wait for the third!

  • Julitta
    2019-03-19 02:06

    Darker, really gets to you

  • Matthew Rogers
    2019-02-21 04:26

    Okay I'd admit while I don't use a kindle or anything, I decided to buy the online version of this so I could read the pdf format version because I've read the story before and I cannot wait until July of next year to get the full story.Anyway, I liked this. Though yes I've read the first one before hand, if I didn't then I be lost of course. The only thing that bugged me that when it came to the really minor characters, I couldn't picture them easily in my head or tell them a part. Still, a good book, lots of great interaction between characters, both in bed and out (OMG there is sex in this book? Alert the media!!! (Please, it's actually interesting to read the sex scenes because they are written well)). I did read the story way back in the day before it was taken down and fixed, so I can spot the changes. Learning the history of the kingdom is great, and each major character stands out well on their own. The mythology of the Gods and the way the author created the culture that exists around the group of Gods is done well. I'm just pissed at the ending because I have to wait a good while to get the 3rd book. >:(

  • Tammy
    2019-03-17 05:14

    Temmin grows. And so does the world of Tremontine's religion, politics, and the cast of characters.If you have read Lovers and Beloveds, then you know the first book was Temmin's coming of age story as well as an introduction to the world of the greater kingdom. (If you haven't, read it. The sex is relevant. Trust me. Book two is proof.) In this book, there is less sex (because it's only there when relevant), and people die, but the story grows. The new story in the dual timeline isn't as directly correlated to Temmin's life for him (except in the similarity of loss), yet the reader sees the relevance is coming via a subplot. So much is yet to be resolved that when I didn't see a third, I hunted the author down and demanded reasons for the delay. Ok. I Googled her and found a fan group page on Facebook. Be patient for the third. I contacted her. She was not being a George RR Martin diva. It may be a while until the third but read the second anyway and hang out in limbo with me. You'll be happy to hang...out.

  • Ember
    2019-03-15 05:25

    This book enjoys the same breathtaking complexity and breadth of storytelling as the first in the series, Lovers and Beloveds, but it's clearly a middle book and suffered a little from that middle-ness in my view. Both the 'modern day' storylines and the History storyline were plenty gripping, as Temmin's educations continue to broaden his grasp of what it will mean to rule and as other forces in the Kingdom move their chess pieces across the land, but the ending felt both abrupt (even the pieces I watched looming throughout the book) and somehow incomplete. I do have a history of being antsy about this kind of thing, though, when I come to the middle of a series and discover that the rest isn't yet written, and I still very much enjoyed myself while reading this book. I look forward to reading the next installment in the Intimate History when it is published!

  • Amy
    2019-02-24 08:26

    I could not put this book down! It is the first one I have ever read completely on the computer.An excellent sequel to the first book! I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I just want to say stuff happens and Temmin grows up even more. I absolutely love how the book is written where past events Temmin learns from a magical book gives him the knowledge to get through his current conflicts. You definitely should read the first book, Lovers and Beloveds, before diving into this one. I am already impatient for the next one!

  • wanda vahle
    2019-03-14 02:16

    Intimate, veryVery explicit sex. Much better story than the previous book. A cliff hanger . When can we expect book #3?

  • Kate
    2019-03-11 10:09

    Loved it! Can't wait for book three

  • MeiLin Miranda
    2019-03-17 07:00

    I wrote it, so, y'know... :)