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From the Author
- ASIN : B00S7IX63K
- Publication date : February 23, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2479 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,914 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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I really liked the characters in this one. Dentin was one of my favorite side characters in Duty, and getting to see more of what made him tick was excellent! I can't imagine being in his position... *shudders* Elsa was really good, too, and I liked the fact that her preconceived ideas about Dentin started slipping away when she began to get to know him. I loved her interactions with and care for the children, and I both liked and hurt over the fact that she still loved and cared for her family, even after everything certain members had done to her. :'( Lord Rathenridge was another favorite, and I enjoyed getting to see him again in this one, even if he and Dentin still don't get along. Grrr... Also, I was really glad we got to see more of Tomas and Brielle and their family.
The political situation makes these books feel really unique, although I'm not entirely sure why. It's not like I haven't read books that take place under a corrupt, unstable government. Maybe it's the fact that the main characters aren't actively resisting the government, just trying to live at peace under it? Anyway, all the uncertainty and shaky foundations make me really worried for the characters, even when they're doing the right thing. And the way this book ends doesn't really improve the outlook...
The only thing that keeps this book from a higher rating is the number of references to sexual immorality, not by the main characters, but sometimes directly related to important plot pieces. Because of that, I would recommend this book for mature readers only.
Content--various mentions of men keeping mistresses, children conceived out of wedlock, etc.; some veiled references to intimacy (having children, etc.) in a character's thoughts and fears about marriage; a married couple is seen sleeping together (no intimacy); some passionate (but not overly descriptive) kissing, mostly between a married couple; mentions of drinking, drunkenness, and gambling; mentions of murders; a man attempts to force unwanted attention of a woman; a woman is beaten; some violence, including swordplay; mentions of injuries, wounds, and blood (not graphic)
Plot – Grade A
The premise of this book rests on Dentin’s attempt to balance his personal honor with the orders of the king as well as hunting for murderers and traitors in his position of Securer of the Realm. Dentin is a self-professed man of honor but he is challenged not only by the difficulty of his latest task but also by Lady Elsa Reeve. Elsa has been treated like a pawn by her own family for years but she has a strong and loving spirit too, which steals away any preconceived notion that she’s your typical damsel in distress. Think medieval-esque Darcy and Elizabeth and you have a good glimpse into their contrasting yet complimentary temperaments. The dynamic between these two characters is definitely part of what makes the plot, which ranges from initial intrigue surrounding Dentin’s unpleasant task to a murder to treason, mesh well together. As compelling as each of the elements in the plot are on their own terms, Dentin and Elsa’s personalities and their brewing relationship really glues it together as a whole. A number of familiar faces from Duty show up in this book and there are passing references to events that occurred in that book that are now influencing characters and events in Honor five years later and while reading the first book enriches the experience for this one, Honor is able to stand on its own.
Content – Grade A
This is a clean fantasy. The romance between Dentin and Elsa builds up slowly and sweetly with their attraction becoming clear even though they both spend about half the book reminding themselves that they really shouldn’t be falling in love right now, especially Dentin. There are two or three kisses before they get married and some references to sharing a bed with a husband but it’s all handled very sweetly. I applaud Rossano for her ability to show the initial and growing attraction between the characters in a way that is very compelling without ever straying into crassness. There is also a reference to a girl being rendered unmarriageable by a scoundrel and a man having a mistress but these are also handled with care.
No language is written out. It’s all either cut off before the first syllable or is merely referenced to as “he cursed.” There is violence, including a character who is abusive to women, and there are also people who are wounded or killed. This violence is accomplished without gratuitousness. The violence occurs and characters react but there is nothing shown that shouldn’t be or that should have been toned down further. With the abuse in particular, the aftermath is what is mainly shown with one exception but it is never glorified nor overly gritty and one character warns the character being abused to escape her abuser because she’s seen this happen before and the last time it killed the girl who was married to an abuser.
There is spirituality present with the characters referencing, worshipping, and praying to the Kurios and asking for His guidance. There is also a reference to one character not being afraid of death because he long ago learned to turn to the Kurios for his security after death.
Technical – Grade A
This was a very well-written and compelling read. There were maybe four whole typos/slips in the entire story. One was a missing punctuation and there was a missing article that didn’t affect the reading of the sentence. There were two true typos. Most readers might not notice these unless they’re looking for them. There was maybe one slightly anachronistic phrase but I can’t make up my mind on it and it wasn’t egregious.
Final Grade – A or Five Stars
Overall this was an excellent medieval-esque fantasy that demonstrates how to combine romantic and political intrigue without them competing with each other or straying into boredom or disbelief. The plot is compelling and along with the characters kept me drawn in. The end of the book leaves one with all sorts of questions about what will happen next and I eagerly await the next novel of Rhynan. I would recommend this book to those looking for a clean Christian fantasy and those who enjoy fantasies set in a medieval-esque world. Recommended for ages 15 and up.
I only gave this 4 stars because there are many editing errors and too many lose ends in the story. The reader should know a little more about the fate of Elsa's family members and her friend, Anne. The end came a little too rapidly to share some necessary details. Also, the author should not use the word alright. It is still considered an irregular word; all right being more appropriate.
Top reviews from other countries
As the securer Denton travels the land bringing justice, in this instance Elsa catches his eye and he yearns to know her. Brought to his notice once again she is in need of his help, a strong and independent woman soon captures his heart, his kind and caring self does not go unnoticed by Elsa.
A beautiful romance with adventure, suspense, strong plot and endearing characters. Now to wait for the next novel in the series.....