The Five Crowns of Okrith #1 | 312 Pages | 2021
The High Mountain Court at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★
- Main Character: Killer hair and aim
- Love Interest: He’s an onion
- Steaminess: Takes a while to heat up, but when it does…
- Brutality: We are cool with beheading right?
Wow, this was exactly what I needed to get back into fantasy romance.
I have been burnt out on the genre lately, but I saw a tiktok recommending The High Mountain Court as a comp to A Court of Thorns and Roses. As always, I’m extremely skeptical of all books that are likened to a Sarah J. Maas book. Mostly because, while I love those, they are not diverse and there is just no excuse for a lack of diversity.
For me, I can see why there is a comparison, but this book stood on it’s own. Definitely not a Wish ACOTAR from my perspective.
I say that, but truly, if you are a fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses, From Blood and Ash, or Serpent and Dove series, then you will likely enjoy this book. There is sexual tension, family drama, life-changing secrets and found family AND diversity. It hits every note that I enjoy.
Our heroine, Remy, is a dynamic character who I liked immediately. She is a red witch, which puts her at risk at all times, since red witches are being murdered by the Northern King, following the destruction of The High Mountain Court. Remy fled her home at the age of six and has been hiding as a brown witch ever since. One day, a Fae prince discovers her and asks for her help to restore the rightful heir to the High Mountain Court.
Prince Hale has a squad that is so fun, they outshine him. Remy and her found family join them on a trek through the different territories looking for a way to restore the heir and we get so many adorable scenes along the way. I’m a sucker for a funny squad and we get just enough of these characters to leave us wanting more. I’m going to need their stories immediately. Novellas please!
This is a fantasy with some spice. The romance is organic, but maybe a touch rushed? Under the circumstances, I felt like it was appropriate. While, i’m not sure there was much depth to Hale, his layers started to show up when he was around his family. Before that, he was kind of like a cardboard cutout of an alpha male fae, but his interactions with his brother and dad truly brought his actions and thought processes to light.
We definitely needed more lore and worldbuilding. I want to know where the Fae and witches came from. Who were their gods if they had them? Where did their powers come from? Why are there different types of witches with different colors? I really felt like I was missing the history of the world and having that information would have elevated the experience. That this is a debut novel from a self-published author and it was as well-plotted and developed as it is without the money and backing blows my mind. Mulford created such a beautiful world and proves that self-publishing is quality and you can find some of the best books from self-published authors.
Have you read The High Mountain Court? Let me know what you thought in the comments!