After Garin stands up to a royal herald, Prince Alar takes him as his slave. Garin was raised in a small peasant village where homosexuality was punished, so his time with the prince is an eye-opening experience. The royal court is as decadent and deadly as rumored. But before Garin grows completely disgusted with Alar, the prince saves his life, possibly at the cost of his own.
This is an odd book to review, because the first few chapters are not particularly thoughtful or innovative erotica. Just another blue-blooded perfect-at-everything type topping the hell out of an innocent farmboy. But then the plot kicks in and the characters start caring for each other, and it gets rather more engaging. The female side characters were actually my favorite part of this, from the rough-voiced physician so invested in studying the human body that she tortures people, to the princess with an economist's mind.