Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Spoils of War
AUTHOR: Hannah Walker
LENGTH: 254 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 10, 2017
Jecks Cordant, High General of the Kabarian army was used to life being a certain way. Jecks knew things didn’t tend to change when you were at the top of your career. He was wrong. In one moment, because of one small letter, his entire world tilted. Everything was different.
Being forced into a marriage he didn’t want, with a prince he had nothing in common with, Jecks watched his life crumble around him. Yet, he could do nothing other than go along with the plans for the sake of peace and the thousands of lives at risk in both empires.
Calling on the support of his friends, he makes the journey to meet his fiancé. Along the way, he meets a man he never expected to find— one he could fall in love with. Battling the enemies intent on stopping the peace deal from going ahead, and his own heart, Jecks steels himself for what the future holds— a life of loneliness and regrets.
Forced to confront feelings he can’t afford to explore, and fighting to bring peace to both lands, Jecks will stand together with his men and fight for what is right, even if it’s sacrificing his own feelings. His duty to Kabaria is more important than the love of a man.
With enemies out to stop them, and danger meeting them around every corner, Jecks must learn to trust while ignoring the growing emotions he shouldn’t feel. With their goal in sight, Jecks knows he must honor the duty given him, but once he arrives at the castle, he finds his problems have only begun.
Wow, and I thought I loved the other books I’ve read by this lady. They were indeed very enjoyable, but this one I liked even more! I enjoy her writing because she takes me away from the real world for a time and wraps me up in her stories.
There is something that draws me into a fantasy story like this one with strong military main characters, and hidden plots and subterfuge. I’ll admit that I figured out the largest ‘hidden’ item in the story—and long before the characters were allowed to get there—but it didn’t hurt my read at all.
Ms. Walker did a good job at world building, bringing us two countries locked in combat because of the greed of the King of Kabaria. He and his advisors want to stop at nothing to gain control of the resources of their neighbor. Resources they feel should rightly be theirs.
Their army is being led by High General Jecks Cordant, who is surprised to be summoned to the Capital and informed that peace has been brokered with their enemy, but only if he agrees to be married to the Crown Prince from the enemy country. A prince who is already planning to marry another man… a love match.
There begins Jecks’ journey. Along with three of his friends, he sets off to the other country. Along the way he finds help from unexpected sources, and they end up running for their lives from mysterious pursuers.
The story had it all. And it was a standalone! With a HEA. Does it get better? I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a fairly light, fast moving fantasy story. My only complaint? It is a standalone and I read it much too quickly because it pulled me along. I was sorry to see the last page, even though it had the ending I had hoped for.
If you’re new to this author, give it a try, I think you’ll enjoy it. If you’ve been reading her books, I’m surprised you don’t already have this one downloaded.