Three Kings by Freydís Moon
Genres: Queer Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Novella – 153 pages
Published: Nov 22 2022
E-ARC provided by NetGalley and NineStar Press.
Synopsis + Content/Trigger Warnings:
A polyamorous modern-day fairytale filled with magical flora, cozy romance, and Icelandic folklore…
Ethan Shaw—lighthouse keeper and local witch—lives a charmed life in his chilly, coastal hometown. Blessed with a flourishing garden and a stable livelihood, Ethan can’t complain. But when his husband, Captain Peter Vásquez, brings home a wounded seal after an impromptu storm, Ethan is faced with a curious situation: caring for a lost selkie named Nico Locke.
As Ethan struggles with the possibility of being infertile, insecurities surrounding his marriage, and a newly formed magical bond with a hostile, handsome selkie, his comfortable life begins to fracture. But could breakage lead to something better?
With autumn at their heels and winter on the horizon, Ethan, Peter, and Nico test the boundaries of a new relationship, shared intimacy, and the chance at a future together.
TAGS: fantasy/PNR, trans, gay, polyamorous, cozy romance, witches/modern witchcraft, cottagecore, shifter, interracial, magic, magical flora and produce, Icelandic folklore, lighthouse/small coastal town, stormy beaches, sexual tension, selkie
WARNINGS: depiction of anxiety pertaining to pregnancy, conversation surrounding fertility
Three Kings is a beautiful, tender, heartfelt story about navigating old and new relationships, intimacy and vulnerability, with a splash of modern magic and a some seriously gorgeous spice.
Ethan and Peter have been together over a decade, their love is deep and long-lasting. This doesn’t prevent Ethan from feeling the strain of “failure” at not being able to get pregnant. But these feelings arise at the same time Peter brings home what Ethan knows to be a selkie.
Nico is a handsome rescued selkie who is a bit mercurial, shy one moment and intense the next. He stirs up some new emotions and desires in both Ethan and Peter, ones that open them all up to a new way to exist together.
The three of them navigating these new intense emotions, being open and vulnerable with each other, and sharing some intimate and physical moments was magnificent. I feel like I don’t really have the words to properly do this novella justice. The tenderness, the sexual tension, the honest communication – it’s all what I love in a romance. It felt so special to witness the these three fall for each other.
I desperately hope that Moon has some more ideas to bring these characters back in the future. They all have my heart.
If you like queer poly romances with modern fantasy/paranormal themes, discussion of fertility and family, hot and feisty main characters, pick up Three Kings as soon as you can.