In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison's latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…
On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.
The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past….
NIGHT'S HONOR leaves the usual Elder Races Wyrkind behind and takes us within the cloistered walls of the Vampyre enclaves. More of a classic romance and straight up thriller than anything else, Tess and Xavier Dave danger from a few avenues before the action spills back out into the greater world of Elder Races politics.
Despite several familiar romantic tropes at the front end, more of NIGHT'S HONOR focuses on the action aspects of the plot than any particular chemistry between Tess and Xavier, Much of the chemistry felt added in at the end, making this a less compelling love story than usual for the Elder Races series. And while it was fascinating to see a story from within Vampyre society (unlike Carling's isolation), Xavier's place in the familiar Elder Races world often feels peripheral. Though his liege lord is more familiar, the Nightkind King has been an antagonist in the past, meaning I wasn't particularly invested in his political or romantic fate on the outset. The combination of these two factors meant it took awhile for the Vampyre conflict in this book tot feel important.
Most of these criticism are rooted in reading and enjoying too many Elder Races books in the past, new and casual readers will be able to enjoy this romance as a standalone story without the expectations and attachment to other parts of the Elder Races world. While Patricia Briggs has offered few glimpses through Stephan's doorway, NIGHT'S HONOR feels like a more romantic glimpse of the potential symbiosis between vampires and their human companions. Deepening the mythology and politics of yet another aspect of the Elder Races society, NIGHT'S HONOR is an enjoyable read for fans and accessible to new comers.
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