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Night's Honor (Elder Races) Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2014
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About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley (September 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425274365
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425274361
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.88 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Both Tess and Xavier, the heroine and the hero in this story, are somewhat understated people. The heroine was on the run when she went to a Vampyre's Ball to audition for a spot serving in a vampyre's home - any vampyre would do because she was in great danger. Her audition blew me away, as she followed a young lady who swanked across the state in the nude wearing 4 inch heels, while giving her educational achievements. Her statement? “My looks are entirely forgettable, and I’m smarter than almost anyone here.” I found that Tess reminded me a little of Pia in Dragon Bound, in her attitude and courage.
Xavier was also understated but we see the true man revealed throughout the book and he's very impressive - and flashy when he needs to be. One thing I liked the book was how well the secondary characters were fleshed out. There were several secondary characters I would love to see more of.
And I was right. Without spoiling things, rather than doing character development, Harrison just has the male lead undergo a complete 180 in the matter of a few pages--to the point of outright changing personalities. It was so jarring while I was reading it that I had to read back a few pages to make sure I hadn't accidentally missed something.
But no. It's just that abrupt. The romance here is tepid at best, completely out of left field at worst. I'm reminded of a quote about treating people like Barbie dolls and smashing them together until they reproduce. This... is basically that. It was extremely bizarre, too, because Ms. Harrison is actually pretty good at the sexual tension stuff. You know, she does it for a living? But this book may as well have been written by a different author.
Speaking of getting to know someone better, Xavier wasn't an easy guy to get close to... not that Tess had any intention of trying. She was there keep herself hidden and hopefully protected. Plus, she was totally repulsed by vampyres in general. Not exactly a normal start for a romance, but it was also kind of an interesting twist in the genre, for me anyway.
Even though Xavier was more than a little private and at times withdrawn, it was obvious that there was more to him than what he showed people on the surface. Tess slowly began to notice that he may not be as bad as she once thought, but she still wasn't willing to give everything she asked for.
There were a lot of characters introduced in Night's Honor. I loved the dynamic between Xavier and his attendants. Tess tried his patience, but he still respected her. How he treated those who served him and stood beside him was part of the reason why he gained my respect, and eventually Tess's as well.
I'm kind of hoping that we see more of Xavier and Tess in the books that follow in the Elder Races. That's entirely possible, since the next book in the series features a couple of my least favorite vampyres from Night's Honor. I've already started reading Midnight's Kiss and I'm kinda warming up to Julian, but Thea Harrison has her work cut out for her to get me to get me to really care about him. (I have no doubt she's up to the task ;) )
THE STORY: Tess is on the run for her life from a former employer and decides to apply to be a human attendant to a vampyre in hopes of just getting some money and staying alive. Xavier de Torro is the right hand man to the vamprye Nightkind King. He decides to take on Tess as an attendant in helps of training her for an important job that he handles. While Xavier's principles dictate that he not take advantage of Tess, he is deeply attracted to her. Political maneuvering in the Nightkind world and Tess' secrets result in dangers all around Tess and Xavier.
OPINION: This is a very sweet story and completely dependent upon the interaction between Tess and Xavier. The deliberate and well paced romance that develops between these two is a thoughtful and gentle journey. In the beginning of the story, Tess is a woman at the end of her rope just trying to stay alive. She has intense fears of vampyres. As she gets to know Xavier, she recognizes him as a genuinely moral person and eventually her fear turns to love.
I really enjoyed the pacing of this story and the slow developing love and trust that develops between these two characters.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book begins a storyline that continues in the next book in the series MIDNIGHT'S KISS.
FINAL DECISION: Sweet romance between these characters and the plot is fun and intriguing. A really good read.
CONNECTED BOOKS: NIGHT'S HONOR is the seventh book in the Elder Races series. This book can be read independent of the others in the series although it is most closely connected with SERPENT'S KISS.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.25 stars.
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Xavier sees something in her that fascinates him, the woman who seems so frightened of him as a vampire however, shows strength and does not back down from her fear.
This book shows Tess's strength of character and how she ends up not only changing her way of thinking towards the vampire, but in how she eventually manages to get herself out of her trouble with Xavier at her side and help from the Nightkind king.
Granted there is not much action until 80% we get a fascinating look into the world of the vampires and their attendents.
I look forward to reading on and seeing where the rest of this series goes.
Xavier is the prodege of Julian, the Nightkind king. He has a very interesting history, prior to becoming a Vampire. He is deemed to be dangerous and not many would dare to challenge him.
Tess is an accountant and a computer geek. She is on the run from a dangerous rogue of the Elder Races. Although she looks upon vampyres as "monsters", she finds herself at the ball in the hope of finding a protector. As luck would have it, she catches Xavier's eyes. When she is interviewed, he doesn't give her any reasons to be frightened of him but her preconceptions get the better of her. She doesn’t give a good impression at this interview but Xavier decides to take a chance on her.
Tess starts the next day and on arrival, she falls in love with the house and its environment. She still has reservations about vampyres but Xavier is very tolerant and patient. She has to go through vigorous physical training and learn about the various Elder Races. During the process, she finds herself starting to relax in Xavier's company and starts to like him. He is not the monster, she imagined. Just as she is settling down, her past comes to haunt her. At this point, she doesn't want to put the household in danger since her tormentor is not easily defeated. If anything, he is from the most dangerous kind.
The only thing Tess can do is to leave and take a chance. Will Xavier allow her to go so easily or will he do what the protector in him demands? After all, he has developed feelings for Tess and she doesn't show her usual fear in his company. Is there romance on the horizon?
The story of Xavier and Tess is full of danger, angst, betrayal, greed, loyalty, love and passion. Tess is a strong character and very tenacious to say the least. Xavier is dangerous, there is no two ways about it but when it comes to those he cares about, he will put his life on the line. I also like his soft and gentle side. This is one of my favourite series and Night's Honour is as captivating as the previous books in this series.
I would fully recommend this to lovers of the paranormal.
the humour of the other books is mostly lacking;
the romantic element seemed ... not forced exactly, but one minute she's shaking with fear, suddenly she's not and they're off, leaving me wondering what the attraction was, especially on her side;
the baddie bits were pretty obvious, and over rather quickly, especially the seemingly enormous threat of the djinn;
the HEA, all family together with everyone suddenly liking her seemed a bit quick;
But, I read this with no problems, it flows well, the characters are interesting and we get insight into Ms Harrison's vampire world, and I am by no means put off - this is just a gentler, less obvious book.
You get two chapters of the next book, probably Melisande, or Melly, of the Light Fae and Julian, big bad vampire boss, which is essentially a direct follow on from this book.
Stick with it, and if you haven't read the earlier books, get started with Dragon Bound: Number 1 in series (Elder Races)
I've read and loved all of the other Elder Races books (mmm Pia x Dragos is the best), where they all have a mix of very good relationship building, political intrigue and suspense, steamy satisfying romance, a bit of sassy comedy, strong female lead.... and this in theory has all of those elements but somehow just fell short. Sad but true. Not a terrible read, but it's like having a soda that's been left out a little too long and has lost most of it's fizz.
However the main reason for three rather than more stars is that a couple of plot points are planted early on very obviously, which for me meant I knew too much about how the book was going to end. Also it's missing the humour and wit of some of Thea's other books. I wonder if Thea was rushed by her publisher or something, it felt like she might have had less time with the book.
Still if I compare it to other paranormal romance books, rather than to Thea's other books (which are all 5 star) then this book is still worth buying and a fun read.