Genre: Fantasy, Romance
LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
A tragic secret.
A trial of pain.
Gust holds a secret close to his heart, and it festers like an infected wound. While part of him wants to tell Lance so they can deal with it together, he fears what it will do to his friend. The last thing he wants to do is hurt the man he is falling in love with. And it never seems the right time as they pursue Ulfr’s warriors and elude hunting parties of royal soldiers.
Lance wants nothing more than to confess his love and undying loyalty to Gust. But he fears rejection. He has Gust’s friendship and dares not ask for more. He’s not yet a man worthy to ask for more. And as he continues on his self-imposed mission to cut down Ulfr’s warriors, he begins to wonder if he will ever find the redemption he so fiercely seeks.
When word of a new Scourge reaches them, their journey brings them to the war-ravaged kingdom of Grekenus. It is there that Lance is forced to face the actions of his past, and once again his life hangs in the balance. Now it is only Gust who can defend him against those thirsty for blood… and to Lance himself.
When we left off in book one, Gust had decided to go with Lance on his quest for redemption – finding and destroying the rest of Ulfr’s warriors and ensuring that they can do no more harm to the innocent.
Their journey is filled with danger since they are wanted by both the Imperial soldiers and the very warriors they search for. Gust had to kill in order to protect Lance, something Lance can’t forgive himself for. Eventually, Lance discovers that he was the one who killed Gust’s parents, something that Gust reveals when the time is right.
Gust hates Scourge ,but he loves Lance and forgives him.
Lance will do anything in his power to protect Gust, and wants to use his warrior training for good instead of evil, but when he begins fighting and killing those who deserve it, he falls into blood lust and can’t stop.
Gust and Lance’s divine horse Brutus brings him out of it. But what happens if he hurts a innocent?
Gust and Lance are visiting a village for supplies when the village is attacked, and because of them the village is saved. The village men have all been taken to fight, leaving children and women alone. The pair stays, and Gust trains the women in healing while Lance trains them to use a sword and fight.
In spite of everything Lance and Gust do, the village turns on them when they discover that Lance was Scourge. How do you convince people who have lost family to Scourge that he’s not that person any more? How do you make them see what Gust sees. Everything goes wrong, and then a new Scourge appears and Lance wants more than anything to put an end to him and ensure that no one can ever take his place.
There is a lot of Ancient Greek Mythology i this series, along with a lot of spycraft. As much as I enjoyed that part of the story, my main focus was on Gust and Lance. They love each other but never reveal their feelings, Lance believes he’s not worthy of Gust, and Gust is afraid confessing his love would scare Lance, a man who has never known true love and might not be willing to accept it.
What will happen when Lance discovers Gust’s secret? What about if Lance is captured by the Imperial soldiers or by the new Scourge?
I can’t wait to find out. I highly recommend reading this entire series in order to fully understand the relationship between Gust and Lance and how Lance became a killing machine. I am sure that you will love Gust and Lance as much as I do. How can you not root for a man who is putting his murderous past behind him in order to protect people from someone like he used to be?
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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