REVIEWED BY CINDY
AUTHOR: Devin Harnois
PUBLISHER: October Night Publishing
LENGTH: 263 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2017
A warrior’s broken soul.
A vampire’s kind heart.
Kelas Vartorvi escaped from one vampire only to find himself bound to another. Roshan saved his life and honor demands Kelas stays by his side until he repays the debt.
Roshan takes his broody new werewolf bodyguard in stride. Slowly, his relentless good nature begins to break down Kelas’s walls.
And their tentative friendship becomes something more.
An unexpected visitor from Roshan’s past throws them into a political plot and gives Kelas a chance for revenge. But are the gods blessing Kelas, or asking for a sacrifice?
Content warnings: Contains slavery, violence, body control, bottom shaming, misogyny, and rape mentioned in backstory. All sex between the heroes is clearly consensual.
Kelas the werewolf and Roshan the vampire are two very different people…or are they?
Kelas is a man who breaks free from slavery after having everything taken from him. He was prepared to die for his freedom but Roshan comes along and cuts that plan short by saving his life.
He once again finds himself bound to a vampire but this time its his honor that is keeping him hostage. His honor is all he has left and so he begrudgingly finds himself on a journey that’s heading in the last place he expected.
Roshan is a good man who lost everything as well, to different but no less painful circumstances. He’s instantly attracted to the surly werewolf he rescued but knows that the man needs time to find himself before he can see Roshan as anything but an enemy.
The characters in this story were wonderfully complex and I couldn’t help but fall in love with them almost immediately. Not only Kelas and Roshan, but also their friends. The merry band of mercenaries and thieves that make up Roshan’s family that also adopt Kelas, although in some cases it’s a little reluctantly.
Talia is the little sister of the group. The one who is at once, annoying and lovable and she became a favorite of mine. Emmaline is the wise older sister, who suffers through her families shenanigans because she loves them so much. Suyin hates Kelas from the start and it’s fun to watch them circle around each other and form a reluctant alliance for the sake of the others.
The author created a fantastical world for their characters to live in and I had no problem imagining the places that are described. The dialogue is sharp and witty and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.
The bad guys of the story? Well, some are obvious and some not so much. But they are just the right amount of evil and I promise you will cheer their end.
I was so swept up in the story, I found myself awake and reading at 2 am, something that hasn’t happened to me in quite some time. And it’s been a while since fantasy was my thing, but this wonderful tale reminded me of why I used to love the genre so very much.
I know I’m supposed to find some sort of critique so that the reader can see that I’m not wearing blinders but I’ll be honest, everything about this story worked for me. It wasn’t too short, didn’t move too fast. Everything was allowed to play out in its own time and even though I wanted so much more of this story, I didn’t need more because it was complete.
I can easily recommend this book to any fantasy lover out there as well as all those romantics who love their happily ever after endings.