Today I’m reviewing Under the Midnight Sun by Lore Graham.
Blurb: The eldest son of Thunderhill’s warrior-kings, Otto Johanson lives for battle but has forsaken love since the death of his partner three years ago. Still when the Midsummer festivities bring nomadic reindeer herders back to town, Otto can’t help but notice the handsome, if sullen, Lukas.
Tension rises between them during the annual tournament, but when a terrible attack devastates Thunderhill, Otto and Lukas must put aside their burgeoning rivalry to embark on a dangerous quest that may be the town’s only hope of survival.
I’ve read one other short story by Lore, so I was excited to jump into something longer by this author!
Lore seems to have a knack for painting rich, developed worlds. I loved the myths and legends of the land. If I had to pick a favorite thing about the book, that would be it. One thing I particularly liked was that this world was accepting of all relationships, including same sex and triads, something that I always love to see in fantasy settings.
Though the world was well developed, I would have liked to see a bit more build up between Otto and Lukas. There were several places where exposition was used throughout the story to signal passages of time on the characters’ quest, which made it feel like less time passed than it actually had to me.
While this story probably didn’t quite have me on the edge of my seat, it’s rich mythos and descriptions still make for an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for lighter fantasy read with some m/m in it, you might want to give this one a try!
My rating: 3.5/5
Under the Midnight Sun releases on August 14th. You can preorder it now on Less Than Three’s website!
It is also on Goodreads if you’d like to add it to your shelf!
Disclosures: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I’m friends with the author on Slack and social media.
Content warnings (provided by the author on Goodreads):
Explicit sexual content; graphic violence (fantasy-typical); animal death.
For specifics, which may contain minor spoilers, highlight over the text below:
A few scenes of explicit sex. Several scenes involving violence, including a couple of gory moments, a minor character being maimed in battle, and some secondary character deaths. Animal death (primarily reindeer) and violence towards animal-like monsters, but (specific spoiler) the dogs do not die!