Book Review: The High Mountain Court by AK Mulford

Good morning! A few of you must remember a few weeks ago I hosted AK Mulford on Bookish Brews where she talked about Diversity in Indie Publishing (If you missed it, check it out here). It was a bit of a crunch on time with my intense reading schedule, so it took me a while to get this review to you, but I absolutely needed to! I really enjoyed this book so I hope this review convinces you to add it to your to read lists!

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Title: The High Mountain Court
Author: AK Mulford
Publisher: Indie Published (what’s this?)
Publication date: August 10, 2021
Genre: Fantasy, Myth & Legend

A refreshing fae book full of action, adventure, & steamy romance

At a glance: Remy knows she might be the last red witch alive after the Northern Court King put a bounty on red witch heads, so when the handsome Prince Hale of the Eastern Kingdom needs the help of a red witch, she may be the only one who can help. But can she trust him?

  • ☀️ Neurodivergent Rep
  • 🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQ+ Rep
  • 🔥 Steamy Romance
  • ⚔️ Action & Adventure

Read this if… you’re looking for diverse fantasy novels, if you love steamy romances, if you love books that keep you on the edge of your seat, and if you love passionate writing!

Diversity Representation: Queer, neurodivergent, plus size author, POC cast, nonbinary side character

Content Warnings: Violence, sexual content, murder, parental death

Book Review

Sweet, exciting, adventurous, steamy, refreshing, magical, fresh

The High Mountain Court lured me in with the promise of a diverse cast of fae and witches and a Steamy Romance. Let me tell you that it did not disappoint! I’ve always loved stories with the fae in them, but I’ve long grown bored of how often the story gets bland when there is so little representation (please share diverse fae recommendations if you have any!). The High Mountain Court is such a refreshing change from all of the other fae books that I’ve read with a romance just as steamy as I could hope for!

Quick Summary: Thirteen years ago, Remy fled her home to escape genocide, now she might be the only red witch left alive and she is determined to stay that way. When the handsome Prince Hale of the Eastern Kingdom finds Remy and discovers her secret, he commissions her help to stop a war with the Northern Court, the same people who slaughtered Remy’s home court. But can she trust Prince Hale? Is this worth coming out of hiding and risking losing her cover?

The High Mountain Court is a stunning story full of court politics, a diverse world of fae, witches, and magic, a rich history, lost & found family, and romance. A kick-butt debut romance from an incredible new author. Remy is a character that you will want to grow with throughout her journey and Hale will continually remind you that relationships are best when you grow and learn together. Their relationship is so sweet and I adored how it grew into what it did. The way that they work together and get to know each other was the perfect build-up to make the steamy scenes pay off even more!

This book exceeded all of my expectations and more. Aside from the main romance, the characters all individually had depth, even the side characters. I can definitely feel this story building up to a series and it has my full attention to get there. The world-building was very well thought out and I can’t wait to learn about more courts and more characters in the sequels. There was so much care and love put into every step of their adventure and you can feel it shine through so well. The High Mountain Court is such a delight for anyone looking for a magical, sweet, steamy, fantasy romance.

Summing it all up

The High Mountain Court is such a refreshing take on fae and witch stories that I used to be obsessed with but got bored of. This book drew me right back into this folklore and had me itching for more. I can’t wait for book two of this fun, sweet, steamy, and intricate series.

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Bonus: Diversity in Indie Publishing

AK Mulford and I discussed Diversity in Indie Publishing a few weeks back and I highly recommend you go over and read her thoughtful insight. Indie authors are doing so much hard work on bringing more diversity into publishing, it is truly incredible. We discuss why indie publishing is a good option for many authors, how authors can poise themselves to be a successful indie author, and how indie authors are pushing boundaries in publishing. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!

About the Author

AK Mulford lives in New Zealand: the perfect place for a fantasy author! Mulford grew up craving seeing herself represented in the world of fantasy and is inspired to create diverse and LGBTQ+ fantasy stories that transport readers to new realms of imagination, helping them to fall in love with fantasy for the first time, or, all over again. With bachelor’s degrees in Classics and Biology, her work in wildlife rehabilitation took her around the world—including the heart of jungles—and she’s lived in many countries working with wild animals. Now Mulford has swapped raising monkeys for writing fantasy novels. She lives in Wellington with her husband and two wonderful young kids. In her down time (what is this mythical “down time”?), she spends time with her cat and dog, and makes ridiculous and fun Tiktok videos.

❗️❗️Make sure to follow AK Mulford on social media ❗️❗️
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Let’s chat!

🔥 What was the last steamy fantasy romance that you read?
🔥 Are you into fae like I was (or am into again!?)?
🔥 Have you read any other indie published books recently?

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