The Engineered Throne (2020)

The Engineered Throne Megan Derr The Engineered Throne Lord Vellem is desperate to escape His father hides from his problems in alcohol his mother hides from her misery in drugs and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace Vellem foun
  • Title: The Engineered Throne
  • Author: Megan Derr
  • ISBN: 9781620042731
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
The Engineered Throne Megan Derr Lord Vellem is desperate to escape His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace Vellem found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but true escape from a life of violence remains out of reach Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance marriageLord Vellem is desperate to escape His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace Vellem found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but true escape from a life of violence remains out of reach Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance marriage to a prince of their country s oldest enemy to help bring about prince once and for all The marriage promises Vellem not just a fresh start in a new land, but a challenge to his famed skills in building roads and bridges But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn t certain he s up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake.
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  1. MostlyDelores

    Really, really enjoyable, but marred by some poor copy editing.For people who like Megan Derr s writing like me , this is exactly the kind of thing they like It has a satisfyingly lengthy story, an arranged marriage, sabotage, war, dragons , and snark.I loved the focus on engineering, and the geeky pride Vellem took in the expertise of his men and himself.This was first published as a serial, a format I detest since I am greedy and impatient, and which probably explains some of the dun dun DUN c [...]

  2. Arthur

    2.5 starsSometimes, books are written to highlight a concept, a thing or a person In this case, it s a military unit that in the US is called the Army Corps of Engineers This is an important unit for any ground military operation they make sure that the troops can cross the rivers, stay in good place, etc.It s an interesting highlight combined with monarch politics and bit of fantasy in the form of dragons, but not it would have been right in my alley The world is pseudo historical, where there [...]

  3. Lily

    3.3 stars A well written book, mostly action driven and showing an intricately constructed plot Vellem shined as a protagonist and had to cope with a lot of problems including from his close inner circle However, I enjoy my stories with a properly developed romance which need not be erotically explicit only credible Here the romantic element was disappointing and seemed to become a rather poor afterthought view spoiler Perdith the king and Vellem s husband can be regarded as an unlikeable second [...]

  4. Cari Z.

    This was an impressive fantasy tale It s a slow burn, definitely, and the romance is an extra flavor of intrigue than the main thrust of the plot, so to speak, but I like that I liked Vellem, the main character, and I liked his husband even though we don t really get to know the real him for most of the book, since he s either not there or distorted with grieving Lots of plotting, beautiful back story and world building make this a place I would love to return to.But c mon, why all the typos Wr [...]

  5. DaisyGirl

    3.5 4.0 StarsI enjoyed this story I am a Megan Derr fan and I thoroughly enjoy her fantasy novels This book is no exception She develops interesting characters and engages the reader in riveting worlds I loved reading about Vallem and his eventual love affair with Perdith Granted, Perdith really stuck his foot in it a couple times and I was livid with him for how he treated Vallem but I got over it Bottom line Interesting start to an engaging series I m moving on to book 2.

  6. Ami

    3.5 stars view spoiler It didn t pick up for me until the horrible event at the Wedding Ball that killed so many For me, that was when Vellem finally showed his competency In the beginning Vellem just felt like a whiny man, who was ignorant about the implications of him being married to royalty wah, wah, wah, I just want to build bridges, boo hoo hide spoiler So yes, took a while for the story to really capture my attention but the rest was good

  7. Leanne

    I snapped this up when I saw some reviewers had given it enemies to lovers and hurt comfort tags two of my favourite tropes but there was not enough of any of those things for my liking A pleasant enough read but, it might have had punch if there d been a bit sizzle and snark between the two MCs I also hate to say this about a Megan Derr book because I always wish her stories were longer, but I thought it a bit too long I skimmed a fair bit.

  8. Maiko-chan

    Dropped at 39%.This started off as a very compelling and interesting read There is quite a bit of world building involved in this story and the characters are full of personality I loved a lot about the characters, the banter between them, the way Derr showed the closeness between them and the intricacies in their relationships It was also nice that before we see Vellem get to Tallideth, before he ever meets his betrothed Prince Perdith, we are able to become acquainted with Vellem and get to kn [...]

  9. Mel

    Now, first things first OMG THAT CUTE AND ADORBS DRAGON ALL THE HEART EYES I WANTS IT Ahhhhhhhh Seriously, though, this book has the best dragon I ve ever read about He s still a small one, and he s so quirky and knows exactly what he wants which is Vellem as his friend and he cuddles and is territorial I love him so much, and if there is a thing I have to complain about in this book, it is that there could be of him When he appeared the first time my whole face stricke that, my whole being cam [...]

  10. Deeze

    Another win for me I love spending time in Megan Derrs worlds This one was as interesting as I expected, but rather sad too While I enjoyed all the plotting and mystery, I felt I missed out on a little bit of closure I really wanted the nurse to be found and held accountable for her actions, out of everyone she caused me the most anger I must say I quite like Vellems no nonsense approach to justice The love side to this was there, but in a gentle and slow build Although I would of liked to see a [...]

  11. Mercedes

    Enjoyed this story a lot The arranged marriage setting is great and the political intrigue is very good As far as plot a couple of things sure work out too conveniently to set up the story and set up the end view spoiler How Perdith becomes King and How the situation with Ruemri and Belemere is resolved hide spoiler Perdith is a bit mercurial for my taste and surprisingly Vellen is at times too passive My only real grudge however was with the time jumps in the story I don t begrudge that they ex [...]

  12. Teresa

    Editing issues aside though there were many I really enjoyed this book I liked Vellem, and although Perdith had some less than stellar moments and really hurt Vellem, I was glad Vellem was able to forgive him.I would have liked to see of the battles rather than just getting an accounting of the aftermath, but there was a lot to this book and that would have just made it that much longer I liked the addition of the dragon, though he got lost at times and could have played a much bigger role.Over [...]

  13. Pjm12

    For a tense read about the political intrigue of countries planning to go to war against each other, this was quite gentle and thoughtful.I loved the accepted reality of the men becoming husbands It seemed their sexual preferences determined their chosen albeit arranged partner and no was said about it.I also liked that there was not an instant lust between Vellum and Perdith Their attraction grew from mutual respect and admittedly from some fairly dire circumstances, and it really did take age [...]

  14. Julia ♥Duncan♥

    I have kind of mixed feelings about this, so I ll just jot down some thoughts about a few different things The romance This was much fantasy than romance I liked Vellem a lot as I got to know him over the course of the book, but I never really felt much chemistry between him and Perdith There were times when I didn t understand why Perdith was treating Vellem poorly and since the whole book was from Vellem s point of view I never really got a good explanation Vellem forgave Perdith but I didn t [...]

  15. Mandi

    Loved everything about this except for the fact that the romance part fell flat for me I just wasn t feeling it between the two MCs which is unfortunate because I m a huge fan of this author

  16. Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*

    This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.4.5 starsOn the recommendation of his brother, Lord Vellem from Belemere is arranged to marry Prince Perdith of Tallideth in an attempt to end the war between the two countries With peace in sight and the wedding only months away, things take a decidedly bad turn when than one attempt on Vellem s life is made, pushing the marriage to happen sooner than desired Unfortunately, that doesn t stop tragedy from striking again in a way that cha [...]

  17. Lady*M

    Well written book with very engaging protagonist The book is fantasy than romance the romance is very much secondary, which may bother some readers That was not the case with me Derr is using the tropes arranged marriage, character in the foreign land in the best possible way Vellam s pet dragon was the cutest addition to the story though he could be used better I liked the secondary characters as well Bertin who may be having his own Prince in the future, if I m reading this right , Koit and o [...]

  18. Jenn

    Megan Derr is quickly becoming one of my go to authors for awesome m m and LGBT fantasy I love the depth of the worlds she creates, and the world in The Engineered Throne is no exception I always have the sense that there is so much to the world than I can see as the reader, which is a wonderful feeling like there s so much out there for me to discover I m eager to read the second book coming out this November.

  19. Alaska

    4.5 stars for the story, 1 star for the editing Less than three press, why aren t you learning anything It s really a shame

  20. ~nikki the recovering book addict

    I love Megan Derr s world building It s always very fun to be in But this just didn t capture me the way The High King s Golden Tongue and The Pirate of Fathoms Deep did It was still fun, but it didn t excite me and made me fall in love with it.

  21. Svenja

    Some things were too easily resolved, but overall I really liked the story and most of all the characters Looking forward to book 2

  22. multitaskingmomma

    Original Blog Post headouttheoven 20This is another science fiction fantasy novel I had the good fortune to read Written by Megan Derr, The Engineered Throne tells of a far away world totally different from our own In this world, there are dragons and magic and anyone can marry anyone Sounds a bit Utopic, but it is not In this world, when greed is combined with insanity, no matter what planet or civilization, nothing good will come out of it.In this war torn world, Vellem is the younger son of a [...]

  23. Clarissa

    More at Scrollin Them PapersIt s been awhile since I last read anything by Megan Derr, and I had forgotten how she had a way with her fantasy world.This book was such a nice surprise, indeed I totally wasn t expecting the meticulous world building and the plot that entailed The book was solid, not once was I lost or confused, it had a very charming world rich of cultures and differences The storyline was unexpected yet believable, it was such a nice combination And there be dragons One of the mo [...]

  24. ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    Well, I liked this than The High King s Golden Tongue There is an actual relationship development under not so great circumstances.Because of the blurb I spent almost one third of the story waiting for this to happen But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn t certain he s up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake , so it is possible I missed something The said tragedy doesn t happen right away I don t consider one third a small portion of the story And this i [...]

  25. Liviania

    When this book popped up on Netgalley, I was intrigued by the main character s job You don t see many military engineers in fantasy or romance And let me tell you, THE ENGINEERED THRONE delivers on that promise Vellem s career is quite important to both the plot and his own decisions The book will certainly make you think about the importance of having someone around battles who can take bridges down, put bridges up, plan a demolition, and such.The other point of interest was arranged marriage L [...]

  26. clear skies

    I have read my fair share of arranged marriages and the likes in my time as an avid M M consumer However, most are incredibly dull or it gets bogged down with a million side characters or it goes slightly crazy and authors throw as much bullshit as they can to make it a dark and edgy.Megan Derr has an extensive back log and I have hardly made a dent I m not going go through every book she s written After all not all are to my taste.The Engineered Throne has enough of everything in my eyes but it [...]

  27. Cherie Noel

    That Megan Derr could create a world of such marvelous complexity no longer surprises me That she does so and manages to both imagine and execute upon the page soldiers, battles, and war strategies I can believe as a former soldier who has been to war is breathtaking I find no flaw in her execution of science, in the scope of what the engineering sector of an army would need to know Add to all this her meticulous unfolding of the flaws, foibles, and depths of her character s souls and you hold a [...]

  28. orannia

    Three and a half stars.I was really looking forward to reading this book I ve read and really enjoyed other books but this author and the premise had me intrigued But it didn t quite work for me on a number of levels.What I did like was the world building Megan Derr is awesome at world building and I love how same sex relationships are part of the landscape so to speak What didn t work was the editing Obviously someone had run a spell checker through because it wasn t that weren t were misspelt [...]

  29. Kinyi

    Where do I start A good editor could have truly helped this book getting rid of twice cursed this or other every third page I tried I really did Until I could not any The story was there, always just out of reach.

  30. Becky

    Really enjoyed this Had a similar feel to Golden Tongue but kind of in reverse A great take on the genre and a brilliant start to the series good character development, world building aplenty and engaging secondary characters that will keep the series going Will definitely reread.

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