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Literature / Lovers and Beloveds

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In the series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom, written by Mei Lin Miranda:

The Tremont family has conquered kingdom after kingdom, and rules its continent. Now, Tremont stands on the cusp of an industrial revolution; trains and steam engines are new, and the Scholar Priests of Eddin's Temple make exciting discoveries daily. Magic is long forgotten, but the Gods are not.

In book one, "Lovers and Beloveds":Prince Temmin must now leave his childhood home to live with his father—Harsin the Fourth, by the Grace of Pagg, King of the Greater Kingdom of Tremont and Litta, Emperor of Inchar. Harsin expects his son to become the kind of ruthless, pragmatic man he is. But his immortal advisor Teacher has other plans, involving the seductive human avatars of the Gods called the Lovers. Teacher intends to bind Temmin to the Lovers' Temple, bring him closer to his people, and set him on a path that will lead to ultimate glory for Tremont—or its end.

It can be found in installments here.

This novel contains examples of:

  • Lamarck Was Right: Subverted, in that the Tremontine royal family has lost its magical power over time.
  • Virgin Power: Subverted; Temmin's fate hangs on the fact that he's a male virgin, in a society where this is considered impossible.