Szin and his twin brother Raiden are both part human and part Tah’Narian but Szin looks far more like a frail human than his brother, or just about anyone else in his circle of friends and family, other than his human dad. Szin has always known Takeo considered them fated to be mates almost since birth, but he keeps trying to convince himself as well as Takeo that he’s not good enough for the powerful warrior.
This extremely fast-paced book wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and it was very difficult to put down. The fast pace means there wasn’t as much time spent on character development as you might expect, although this didn’t really detract from the story. However, it was clear that there was a backstory to the parents of both Szin and Takeo. I didn’t fully appreciate when picking out this book that it was the continuation of another series, “The Harvest”. What does come out is intriguing enough to want to read the previous series, but I still feel this book still stands up on its own.
Given the fast pace and light touch on character development you might expect the world building aspect of the plot to suffer as well. However, on this point the book does deliver enough, just enough, to help you understand the universe that Szin and Takeo inhabit. The two young men come from very different cultures. While they have spent a lot of time together over the years, there’s still a bit of shock when Szin is suddenly plunged into Takeo’s world. This is where much of the drama in the story comes from.
The surprising aspect of the story was a bit of kink. It’s quite mild, but still wasn’t expected. While the plot may be a little light on character development, there’s still enough for you to feel for the two young men and hope things turn out well for them, although there’s very little doubt about that. At the end, the only real short-coming of the story is that it’s a little too sweet for my taste.
“The Harvest Young: Bound by Fate” is available from Amazon.