- Series: By Honor Bound (Book 1)
- Paperback: 269 pages
- Publisher: Infinity Publishing (October 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0741420570
- ISBN-13: 978-0741420572
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,284,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For Honor: An Adventure of What Might Have Been: Book One of By Honor Bound Paperback – October 8, 2010
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I just finished your book (For Honor) and absolutely loved it! -- Linda Lipsitt - School administrator
Jaske does a masterful job of evoking appropriate atmosphere and is highly skilled at character development. -- ForewardReviews.com
Kat's really good at creating characters you care about almost instantly. -- Hillary Campbell - professional editor
My reward was a wonderful reading experience and a renewed love for this time period.
The secular market is richer for this book being on the shelves, it is still a "cleaner" novel than is generally found these days. -- Christian Book Previews.com
These are the best fiction books I have read in a few years. They are extremely well-written and put-together. Raymond Shannon from Ireland -- Raymond Shannon - Ireland
From the Author
Come with me to France, to the time of the musketeers, when honor is everything. Meet the musketeers. Laugh with them; ride with them, fight for your life with them. Weep with them. It's 1638. You are there. France does not suspect the evil forces working within to shatter the tranquility, to split the spoils for evil's own gain.
But this is no ordinary story, as circumstances conspire to plunge the young lady, master fencer into the fateful position of saving France from the traitor. She cannot do it alone, but she will be a part of the battle. Feel the emotions of the musketeers as they are swept up in this battle. Can they accept a woman as an equal? Can they protect her. Should they protect her. Do they care? Be careful, as you cannot stop once you begin. Fate has spoken.
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--Excerpt: In Thomas' hand was a collection of papers. "Take them," Thomas told his son. "Anything at all that is found on me will condemn me, and I have every intention of coming back to you alive and well. Watch my estate until I return." Langeac, Christophe knew his father meant, as it always had been the most precious of his father's holdings, at least to Thomas, regardless of its humble size compared to his other numerous holdings.--
They are both being pursued by their enemy and death would follow their capture.
As the adventure progresses, we find the musketeers embarking on a mundane mission for the king about the same time as Thomas' daughter, Laurel, now in possession of the documents, decides to go on her own to seek help and try to actually apprehend the traitors who have imbedded themselves into trusted positions in France.
In 17th-century France, we all think we know how that is going to turn out--a beautiful young woman alone, a marquise, riding across the country and searching various inns along the way. But when the musketeers happen onto the scene where Laurel is caught up in a sword fight for her life with some brigands--and seems to be winning--we soon realize nothing is as we expect, and the mundane mission is no longer that.
It's a great adventure story, but it's even more grabbing because of the people the reader meets and comes to love or hate. Impetuous, headstrong Laurel insinuates herself into the tight knit musketeer group of Aramis, Porthos, Athos, and D'Artagnan, and soon proves herself quite valuable in their quest for the traitors. Soon Aramis and she can't decide if they are attracted to each other or not, and we really don't need that complication when their lives are in peril on a daily basis. You'll love the human interactions and the excitement and danger of the story, and at the end will feel you have acquired some great new friends--along with saving France.
The spy looked Laurel up and down. Dressed in a court gown and her hair done up, she was far from presenting a threatening picture, and the sword in her hand looked distinctly out of place. Not to mention that her shoulder was wounded. "You don't really think you can stop me, mademoiselle," he informed her in his most condescending tones and moved to pass her.
She raised her weapon, barring his way. "You don't seriously think that I'm going to let you walk away after the crimes you've committed against me and mine." They stood staring at each other.
Neither gave and Laurel moved to disarm the man. Automatically, Georges parried. Swiftly, trying not to stumble, she retreated at his attack, cursing the skirts that hampered her movements, hampering her quickness and giving the half-starved and tired man a significant advantage.
She whirled backward, narrowly avoiding his stroke. Disengage, and she backed up several steps, allowing herself just enough time to slit her skirts to reveal the pantalets underneath. The skirts fell at her feet and she jumped away from another lunge. Better, though by no means as good as breeches, a good tunic, and sturdy pair of boots. Men didn't realize how lucky they had it. Of course they got the better end of the deal in everything.
Her arm wavered as his sword thrust upward, and she linked her blade with his to block the blow. The blow sent little shock waves tingling up her arm. Her right arm simply wasn't as strong as her left, and she was out of practice in fighting right-handed.
If she ever got out of this and was able to heal, she swore to herself that she'd not neglect her fencing skills for either hand. The balls of her feet ached as she felt every stone and pebble through the thin slippers. Blast fashion for its absurdities! Blast men for dictating not only their own fashion but the fashions of women as well. She lunged, swiping upward, and her stroke was easily knocked aside, almost dislodging her sword in the process.
Her grip failing, she still managed to block the next blow and dance around behind him. Okay, enough was enough. She threw her sword in the air and caught it in her left hand, and Georges looked at her like she was a complete fool. His sword at ready, he circled her. "You really think you still have a chance. Mademoiselle, it seems you are doubly foolish now."
"Then a fool I will be," she huffed, attacking him and driving him back, to his surprise.
Nom de nom! The woman was better at fighting with her left hand than with her right.
Righting Time: Book Three of the Honor Bound [ RIGHTING TIME: BOOK THREE OF THE HONOR BOUND BY Jaske, Kat ( Author ) Jun-01-2007
Kat Jaske skillfully develops each of her characters through their unique responses to the events that surround them. From the brooding Aramis, conflicted over his desire to enter the priesthood, to the boisterous, long winded Pothos, from love stricken D'Artagnan, to headstrong, clever Laurel, not one of these characters presents as an idealized, story book personality. Each has easily recognizable flaws. But those united by their common quest for honor and service to the king are forced into sometimes heart wrenching decisions that create a memorable read.
The plot line is cleverly developed; the characters are believable and have very distinct and enjoyable personalities, and her use of language is so fitting for the period, but not forced.
Watch this author. She is a true talent, capable of transporting her readers back in time and place. In so doing, Kat Jaske helps us reflect on our modern world of sound bites and instant gratification. Perhaps For Honor will inspire some of its readers to reach for that higher moral ground.
Lois W. Stern
Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
The stories are told chronologically, and Jaske keeps track of each person, item, place, and situation in great detail. You ask: "what happened to the ring"? Like the best of mysteries, she does not forget to tell you later... Likewise, every person, their actions, and every situation are accounted for.
I recommend reading "For Honor" first (it's the first in the series), and then "Gambit", for better background of the characters. The stories are movie-material in my opinion, and that is a compliment.
The cast of characters, the fast evolving story line, and to-the-point descriptions of scenes, are all woven into a plausible mystery drama.
I admire the imagination of the writer, and can't wait to read the next book in the series.