Review~~ The Concubine ( Letters To Her King) by Francette Phal

19549624 “In this pregnant silence, with nothing in the air but the echoes of our spent passion fusing with the sweet scent of summer night, I feel foolish for loving you. The absurdity of it is a blow right between to my battered heart. A concubine in love with her king.”

He rescued her from a fate worse than death and claimed her as his own. In the vast Norian palace, she is made concubine, one of many and is taught how to please the mighty Norian king. She knows she must keep her heart guarded, but how can she when his very touch sustains her soul? When a simple kiss from his lips evokes a burning desire that threatens to burn her alive? He is everything to her, but in her shadowed affections, bound as she is to him, she has little choice but to share him the countless women in his life.

In her shadowed affections, bound as she is to him, her heart burns every time she must share him with the many women in his life.



4.5 stars


I wasn’t sure about reading this one at first, I admit the blurb scared me, but I was very curious and intrigued at the same time; I finally succumbed and WOW.

After reading it, I wondered why I waited for so long. This book is intense, full of angst and heartache, I LOVED IT. I actually read it a few months back, but it is still ingrained in my memory.

I recommended The Concubine to a few ladies and I was scared they will hate it, which I knew would affect our friendship; I do adhere to the belief ‘To Each Their Own’, but I just didn’t want to listen to anything bad they would say, thankfully they loved it as much as I did. Just kidding girls, I would have loved you regardless, maybe.

The Concubine is written in the present tense as it is in the form of personal journals. I loved this approach and  felt like I was going through this timeless, emotional journey right alongside Lealin. Lea’s words managed to reach out to me as a reader, feeling her every emotion, be it pain,  fear, happiness, desire or hope.

Even though we of-course are not privy to Marik’s thoughts, I was able to see him and feel his passion for Lea through her eyes ; The author managed to make me fell in love with him. He pissed me off at times, broke my heart at others but redeemed himself.  A flawed man, a just king and a passionate lover. There are a few scenes at the end that cemented his status as one of my all time favorite fictional heroes.

For such a short novella, it covers a lot of time span and the author manages to give  a powerful love story without me ending up feeling shortchanged.

Do I regret reading it? Obviously not

Do I regret waiting so long to read it? YES.

Do I recommend? ABSOLUTELY.


4.5 stars

In her shadowed affections, bound as she is to him, her heart burns every time she must share him with the many women in his life.

Oh wow! The story is told through Lealin’s thoughts, she is the king’s favourite concubine… written in a kinda narrative poem style… and I’m digging it! Brings out the poet in me. lol… It is a refreshing change.

I didn’t expect I would easily like Lealin…. much more feeling her pain….

Will it always be this way? This unstoppable cycle of simple touches, softly whispered words, and I fall weak and wanting at your feet, never you’re equal, never your partner, always the wanton, weak willed concubine, slave, whore? I wear each title so well that I sometimes forget who I truly am.

It was just sad…

But I admired her love and devotion towards Marik.

Marik, one minute I was hating him, but then, understanding the time and age of the story, I adept! Yet, I’d hate him again… but ended up loving him in the end. I loved how the author redeemed his character.

There is so much more to the story… I never really knew where it was swaying to. I really am pleasantly surprised. And this is not a long read either but every page counts… with the perfect ending. The turning points, the highlights, they were breathtaking.

Here is one more of my favourite quotes :

“You dare to address the King so informally?”

“What do you suggest I call him then when he seeks pleasure from me? It would hardly do if I were to pant and moan “Your Majesties” everywhere. Hardly romantic.”

Snap!!! Haha.

Thank you Silvana for recommending. Mwaaah! ❤️❤️❤️


Francette Phal

Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

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