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Review: Honor’s Price by Alexis Morgan

Honor's PriceTitle: Honor’s Price

Author: Alexis Morgan

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Series: Warriors of the Mist (Book #3)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451239970 (Penguin/Signet)

ISBN-13: 978-0451239976 (Penguin/Signet)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Cursed by the gods. Bound by brotherhood. Freed by love.

The Warriors of the Mist have fought side by side for centuries, but Kane alone has felt something darker calling to him.  With the Kingdom of Agathia on the brink of rebellion, Kane knows that relying on dark magic to infiltrate the enemy’s court is dangerous but necessary despite the cost to his soul.

Lady Theda hopes to end the tyrannical reign of Duke Keirthan, the man who killed his own brother—Theda’s husband. But she has little hope of succeeding, until a mage-marked warrior appears.

For the first time in centuries, Kane is tempted not by dark magic, but by a woman who wants more than his protection. But with both of their hearts—and her people’s lives—in jeopardy, giving in to their passion may be a risk too great to take…

Quick & Dirty: The time has come for the Warriors of the Mist to take down Duke Kierthan once and for all in this thrilling but flawed conclusion to Alexis Morgan’s Warriors of the Mist series.

Opening Sentence: It had been three days since Kane first rode through the arched gates of Agathia, capital of the kingdom with the same name.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The time is drawing near for the Warriors of the Mist to make good on their agreement to bring down the evil Duke Kierthan. At the moment though, they find themselves separated, with Averel and Kane in Agathia to try and ferret out the Duke’s weakness, and Gideon, Murdoch, and Duncan at home building an army. Kane’s plan is to gain a position as a guard in hopes that he’ll be able to find out something that will help them in their fight against the Duke. His plan works better than he intended, as he ends up meeting the Duke personally and becoming captain of the guard. He also didn’t plan on meeting Theda, the Duke’s widowed sister-in-law. There is an instant attraction, but neither of them can risk the Duke finding out about their feelings for each other. They also don’t realize the Duke has plans for Kane, ones that don’t involve him living a long and happy life. Will the Duke succeed, or will the Warriors be able to follow through on their promise to take care of his evil once and for all?

I feel like I’m saying this a lot lately, but this book was a hard one for me to rate. If I was judging it solely on the basis of the overall plot involving the Warriors and their fight against the Duke, I would definitely give it 4 stars. As someone who hasn’t read the first two books, there was plenty of information given so that I never felt lost, and I was easily able to jump right in on the action. The pace was fast, and I had a hard time putting the book down. However, if I was judging the book based on the romance plot, it would get a much lower rating.

It wasn’t a matter of me not connecting to the characters. I liked both Theda and Kane and enjoyed the parts of the book that involved them trying to take down the Duke, but whenever things turned to romance, it left me cold. I think it was a matter of telling versus showing. We’re told there’s an attraction, and then all of a sudden there’s a kiss, and then they’re making love, and then they’re in love. We’re not really shown anything that makes those actions or feelings seem realistic. Thankfully, the book seemed to focus more on the overall plot rather than the romance arc, so it didn’t end up being that big of a deal, but it’s definitely worth mentioning.

Overall, I enjoyed my time spent in Agathia, despite my dislike of the romance. The world building was done very well, and it made me want to go back and see how it all started. Fans of the series should be very pleased with how it wraps up!

Notable Scene:

Finally, he looked away. “You should know that I cannot stay here in the city for much longer. I have other commitments that have first claim on me.”

His truth deserved hers in return. “And I have but a short time before Ifre will force me to marry one of his cronies. I’m not asking for anything you cannot give me, Kane, but only a few hours in the moonlight.”

She was glad that the anger in Kane’s pale eyes wasn’t directed toward her. His hand sought out hers, cradling it with such aching care. “That man is a monster.”

Then why did Kane serve him? She wouldn’t ask the question when she might not like the answer. “So we have an agreement? A stolen hour here and there will surely cause no harm.”

“I will meet you here in two nights’ time if that’s your wish. Now we should return. I will watch from the shadows to make sure you reach the door safely.”

As much as she hated to admit it, he was right. But as she stood, he stepped in front of her, settling the reassuring weight of his hands on her shoulders.

“There is one more thing, my lady.”

His cold anger had changed into something else, something hot and hungry. “What would that be, Kane?”

“This.”

Then his stern mouth claimed hers with a fierce heat that burned and sizzled in the damp chill of the night air.

Warriors of the Mist Series:

1. My Lady Mage

2. Her Knight’s Quest

3. Honor’s Price

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FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Honor’s Price. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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