The Chosen by Annette Gisby
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Love or duty - which would you choose?
Prince Severin has been brought up to put duty before all else. Now, his duty is to marry and produce an heir. He has his choice of princesses. Unfortunately, his passion is for princes.
Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his powers are discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong. Unfortunately, his passion is for Severin.
With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, and magic in the air, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?
The book has been an All Romance Ebooks bestseller
I started writing The Chosen for National Novel Writing Month a few years ago. In my mind I wanted to write a fairy tale for adults set in a fantasy setting. Severin, the prince, came to me rather easily. I could picture what he looked like, what sort of person he was and how he would react to things around him. I had the prince, now all I needed was a princess for him to rescue.
But there was a problem, I couldn't picture this princess no matter how hard I tried. What was wrong? Why couldn't I picture this character? As usual, it was my characters who saved me. Severin was insistent that he wasn't interested in princesses, to rescue or otherwise. Now, if it was princes, that was another matter! In all my character developement, I'd failed to realise the fact that my prince was gay!
Well, that certainly put another spin on things and over the next few days, another character came to me: Havyn, who'd been a slave all his life and was certainly in need of rescue. Severin nodded wholeheartedly, for Havyn was a very handsome slave.
Of course, there wouldn't have been much conflict if all they did was meet and fall in love. But of course, even in a fantasy world being a gay prince wasn't easy. The kingdom needed heirs, that was Severin's duty, not to love where he wished. And as for Havyn, he was apprenticed to an old-fashioned wizard after his rescue. A wizard who was of the opinion that remaining chaste was the only way for a wizard to keep his powers. Not to mention the fact that Severin's father bethrothed him to a princess without his knowledge and his future bride has disappeared...
I loved writing this story, I felt so strongly about all of my characters, even the not so nice ones. When I finished it was as if the friends who had been visiting me had gone home. But they weren't gone, for I could read about them anytime I wanted. Yes, I do read and re-read my own work, for I write the stories I want to read too.
I hope my readers will find some friends between the pages as well.
"The way Severin and Havyn fight their attraction even as each of them continue to crave each other was heartbreaking. This was a really good novel, one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and remember for quite some time."- Danielle, 4 cup review from Coffee Time Romance
"Annette Gisby is one of my new favorite authors to watch out for. The Chosen was simply a fantastic mixture of passion, longing, magic and kingdom intrigue...Annette Gisby has written a fantastic book with clandestine visits, secret dreams, and a fantastic ending." - Booktaster for Bitten By Books
"It plays on all the basic concepts and themes of fantasy stories with a bit of romance, sex, and an obvious happy ever after at the end. It may not be the most unique story but it will likely please fans who enjoy classic tales of adventure and true love." - Whipped Cream Reviews
"The various characters have a bit of charm, a bit of scheming, and some interest which kept me reading even though I knew what would happen - usually a sign I give up and become bored. Yet again, there's an ease to the writing that lets you enjoy the classic tale even if there is nothing surprising. The common themes are well loved for a reason and even though just about all used here, it pretty much works. This isn't a book that leaves you breathless but it is one you enjoy while reading." Kassa at Goodreads
"The world Ms. Gisby has created comes to life easily. It's very well-thought out and well-visualized. The characters are, for the most part, well-developed and feel like real people. There are good guys and bad guys, some of whom are not quite as they appear. All the elements of an epic fantasy are there, and for the most part, the story succeeds at what it wants to be." -Ivy, for Manic Readers
"Gisby's description of her fantasy world of Arcathia and Oscia is strong; she quickly sets the limitations of the magic users and defines the characteristics of the Arcathian and Oscian populations with clarity. She is also very good at introducing various subplots; within the first few chapters she introduces the antagonism between her two main cultures, the appearance of an ancient race, in addition to the main romance and the obstacles the couples face." - Sophia Bartes, for Rainbow Reviews
"This was an epic high fantasy, complete with princes, kings, damsel princesses in distress, betrayal, and the ever-present quest. We start with Severin's purchasing and then freeing Havyn, who then becomes apprentice to the royal wizard ... and Severin's object of first lust, then love. I did enjoy the way this relationship built. The quest to find the princess gives Severin and Havyn time to learn about each other and develop a strong bond." - Patchcat for Yougottaread reviews
"All of her dialogue was natural and easy to read and understand. Her character description was perfect... This is the first novel I've read from Annette Gisby and I'm thrilled that she asked us to review this for her. I was not sorry for a moment and I'd do it again in a heartbeat... If you're looking for a sweet love story? You found it! I recommend this book and award it 5 kisses!!" - Michele, from Michele & Jeff Reviews
"The truth makes us free is my all time favorite literary theme. The Chosen clothes that theme in a tender, sometimes erotic love story, one peopled with characters whose human nature (even though some of them aren't fully human) rings true. It's equal parts romance, fantasy, and fairy tale for adults, with a good, quick pace and plenty of sword and sorcery type action. Another winner from Annette Gisby, whose work gets better and better with every new release." - Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 EPPIE winner REGS http://www.ninaosier.50webs.com/