Friday, September 26, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Honor's Price

Honor's Price (Warriors of the Mist - Book 3) by Alexis Morgan

Publication Date: 09/02/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Signet Eclipse
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 336
ISBN-10: 0451239970
ISBN-13: 978-0451239976

(Received for an honest review from Signet Eclipse)

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Books in the series:

Warriors of the Mist

1. My Lady Mage
2. Her Knight's Quest
3. Honor's Price 

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Excerpt from, Honor's Price, courtesy of the author's website

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…


Thoughts:

Alexis Morgan concludes her Warriors of the Mist series with her latest book, Honor's Price. Morgan is a very versatile writer that shifts between genres. The combination of history and magic in this series is exceptional. Readers who are looking for something different should try this fantasy romance series for it's unique blending of elements. Morgan uses strong characters with magical abilities to create a world that is both historical in nature, and full of surprises. A great conclusion to an amazing series.

What I liked:

This a series that I think the reader needs to read from the beginning for a lot of reasons. The most important being the fact that Honor's Price is the third and final book in the series and Morgan spends a great deal of time wrapping everything up and giving readers a chance to see what is happening in the lives of the characters from previous books. I liked the fact that Morgan doesn't leave readers in the dark about the future of the characters they have grown to care about. It was a great touch!

This series centers around five damned warriors who fight for good at the behest of the Lady and Lord of the River. Their latest quest is to help Lady Merewen protect the kingdom of Agathia from the dark influence of Lord Keirthan. The warriors are invincible, immortal and ready for action in Honor's Price. It is the final showdown between the warriors and the Duke. This particular story focuses on Kane, a warrior that is marked with a dark blood mage mark on his face. He infiltrates the Duke's inner circle and by chance meets the woman of his dreams, Lady Theda. Without a lot of the background I think readers would loose a lot of the nuances and exceptional parts of this book.

The overall story of the warriors is very creative and imaginative. It is obvious that Morgan has a deep love for magic and has a way of writing about it that makes it almost seem real. Readers who are able to suspend their belief in reality will find this series one of the better fantasy romance series' out there. Morgan not only gives the reader something to believe in, she gives her warriors something to fight for. The battle between good and evil is a recurring theme in any kind of writing, but it really stands out in this series. I found it very entertaining.

Morgan has a knack for characterization. Her character's, whether immortal as with this series or more realistic in her contemporary romance writing, are always multi-faceted and have exceptional depth. In Honor's Price, Kane is a character that has some deep rooted demons that he fights within himself. A tortured hero if you will. What I loved about him was his willingness to give his love to Lady Theda. He didn't hold back despite his worries for their future. He was strong and noble. A character worthy of the name hero. 

Theda was also a great character in her own right. She stayed in a situation that was very difficult because she was protecting her people. She was honorable and resourceful. Her relationship with Kane was beautiful. Two people who so obviously deserve a happy ending. I am glad that Morgan was able to give that to readers in this final installment. This is a great character driven series that readers will no doubt find hard to give up.

What I didn't like:

There were a few moments in Honor's Price that I felt like Morgan may have taken the simple way out of a certain situation or solution to a problem. But the rest of the book was so good, it really didn't matter. If an author can make you overlook some of the flaws, you know it's a good book.

Bottom Line:

If you like fantasy romance you can't go wrong with the Warriors of the Mist series. Readers will more out of them if they read them in order, but if they don't not to worry. They'll love Honor's Price so much they'll have to go back and pick up the others. Very good conclusion to a magical series!

Honor's Price is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!




About the Author:


USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always been an avid reader, and she loves spending her days with hunky heroes and gutsy heroines. She has published more than thirty books, novellas, and short stories, including contemporary romances, American West Historicals (as Pat Pritchard), Paranormal and Fantasy Romances. Her new contemporary series, Snowberry Creek, is being published by Signet Eclipse. She has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre. Alexis loves to hear from fans. You can contact her through her website at www.alexismorgan.com


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10 comments:

holdenj said...

I think it could be tricky in some ways, to keep mystical elements out of the contemporary. The imagination is probably always thinking about things to add it.

Texas Book Lover said...

They are my two favorite genres and do well keeping them straight while reading them. Writing them...now that is completely different? I have no idea how authors keep the creative juices flowing as it is. Mega talent!

Kimberly Wyatt said...

I'm sure I couldn't do it but I imagine most authors do pretty well keeping it straight.

lag123 said...

If I wrote both, I think that I would have to have two brains. It would be hard for me to switch from one to the other.

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Marcy x said...

several authors have been successful writing both genres. i think magic works better in historical novels and paranormal works better in modern day time.

jmcgaugh said...

It seems to me that most paranormal romance does take place in contemporary times. I think the paranormal part would be the hard part; after that, just writing contemporary should be relatively easy.

bn100 said...

could be easy; depends on the writer

justpeachy36 said...

I think it takes a talented and imaginative writer to take on the task of writing both genres. You have to be very versatile and be able to think about things from multiple points of view. Keeping them separate would be hard, but rewarding.

Anita Yancey said...

I would think it would be hard to write two genres. I would get my plots and characters mixed up. Thanks for having the giveaway.

ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

Natasha said...

I think it would be hard but fun two write two different genres!
Thanks for the chance to win!