It’s rare to read a book so exceptionally well-crafted as Alexandra Rowland’s A Taste of Gold and Iron.
The main character, Kadou, is a shy prince with debilitating anxiety and a habit of acting without foresight.
The second point-of-view character, Evermeer, is his methodical and morally rigid body-guard.
There is so much to savor in this novel:
- The writing is pitch-perfect throughout.
- The characters are living, breathing human beings--not just the main characters, all of them (and I loved all of them).
- The plot unfolds at a balanced pace--neither too fast or too slow.
- The slow-burn romance feels organic and natural, and climaxes (pun intended) fantastically.
- The world is complex (but not confusing) and fascinating.
- The ending is completely satisfying.
I rarely give a five-star rating, but A Taste of Gold and Iron deserves the highest praise.
Perhaps the best book I’ve read this past year, and one of the best I've ever read. Highly recommended.