Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Standalone Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: As an elite Sacrati fighter in the mighty Torian military, Theos is blessed with a city full of women who want to bear his children, and a barracks full of men proud to fight at his side and share his bed. He has everything he needs—until he captures Finnvid on a raid.
Review: Kate Sherwood doing fantasy is double the pleasure for me personally. I found the world building to be vivid without being overly wordy. There aren’t pages and pages on info dumps.You just kind of settle in slowly and see things as they come. Which helped me relate to how Finnvid must have felt experiencing the Torians for the first time. Rumors are one thing. Reality is another. The Torians certainly have a barbaric savage reputation. I can imagine how it must look to the outsiders looking in. I enjoyed how you eventually realize the men are the ones who have the least options of the Torians. The woman do whatever they want while the men are only allowed to join the army and procreate. The women in other countries do not have the freedoms and aren’t held to the status woman in the Torian villages are. Torian woman are revered. I also found the non traditional family life of the Torians to be pretty interesting. They’re open and practical about sex and survival. This seemed to be the biggest shocker to Finnvid and the Elkati.
The dialogue had me laughing one minute and the danger the MCs find themselves in kept me on edge. Definitely some nail biting moments. Both Finnvid and Theos are pawns in a political game for power. Just on very different sides of it. You don’t know what is the truth and who is on their side. The intrigue and it’s effect on Theos were pretty fascinating. Theos is fiercely loyal to the Torians. He’s good at his purpose which until he meets Finnvid is fighting, making future solders and serving his people. Theos is a Sacrati. Sacrati are a special group within the Torian army. They’re elite warriors known for their dominance in battle. I love a tough and non apologetic brute with a kind side. Theo is a good mix of hard and soft. Alpha male for sure. As good of a guy as a soldier who has conquered many lands and killed many men can be.
While the tone of this book is pretty serious, the banter and interactions between characters kept it from getting too dark. The writing was excellent. The beginning is a bit slow but stick with it. Like I said earlier, it’s just setting you up for what’s to come. I really enjoyed the couple. Total opposites. Finnvid had an attraction to men but in his homeland it was forbidden. So he never acted on it until he finally gave into his desire for Theos. Theos had a very strong attraction to Finnvid. He didn’t want to given Finnvid was his prisoner and he had no shortage of willing partners. I really enjoyed their transition from enemies to lovers. It wasn’t easy and there was some pain and loss along the way but it was worth it in the end. I highly recommend this book if you like political intrigue, good guys vs the bad guys, or just enjoy books about strong warriors. Excellent book!