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Featured Early Book Review: Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison
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Featured Early Book Review: Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison

by davincikittieAugust 23, 2014

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Set in a supernatural version of one of my favorite places in the world – the San Francisco Bay area – Night’s Honor opens with leisurely pace that smartly sets the scene without boring the reader or trying to stuff in too much. In the world of the Elder Races, there are many different kinds of monsters; most are beautiful, all are deadly to humans, and humans not only know of their existence but coexist beside them. Tess, our heroine, is plucky, intelligent, stubborn, and desperate, leading her to bid for a Vampyre’s patronage at their annual swanky ball. She knows her limits and what she is willing to do to secure safety, making her a unique potential a commodity to Vampyre Xavier Del Torro. Close friend and advisor to the king of Nightkind, Xavier quickly proves himself to be more tolerant and patient than most of the others of his race, and is a constant enigma that keeps Tess intrigued and curious even through her fear of him.

“Tess, you are good for my soul,” he said. He gave her a completely serious look. “If I ever feel that I am suffering from an overabundance of pride, I shall look for you immediately so you can trample all over it.”

Xavier is elegant and reserved and urbane, with a warm heart and quick mind. Lethal too, spymaster that he is, yet he cleverly hides it beneath a civilised veneer of decorum and neutral politeness. As I got to know him though – as he opened up to Tess throughout the book – I loved his poet’s soul and the little Spanish heritage nuances in his speech and mannerisms. Xavier could very well be the inspiration for the colloquialism “still waters run deep”.

She cradled his head in both hands, her uneven breath sounding in his ear. “What was that? Were you quoting something?”
“Love poetry,” he muttered, kissing along her collarbone as he ran his hands underneath the hem of her sweater. “From the Song of Solomon.”
An exclamation of a laugh shook out of her. “You’re a romantic?”
“I was, once upon a time,” he admitted. He curved his hands around her narrow rib cage. She fit so perfectly against him. “I still am, on occasion. When life permits.”
“I’m not a romantic,” she confessed. Nuzzling his cheek, she slipped his jacket off his shoulders. He shrugged it off and let it fall to the floor.
“I forgive you,” he told her expansively, with a grin.

Tess could have easily been one of those heroines who doesn’t know when to stop being stubborn and causes problems for everyone around her, but she actually shows real growth of character throughout the plot arc and that pacing is perfect. Tess is determined and courageous and not afraid to confront her fears or work on improving her flaws. I respect that a lot in a person and even more so in the female lead of a paranormal romance story, where the author could easily just cheat and find a magical solution or gloss over the trouble spots. Readers of paranormals are generally willing to suspend disbelief to a decent degree, but author Thea Harrison doesn’t need to take advantage of that, having crafted such a solid, believably enjoyable story.

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About The Author
davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
7 Comments
  • August 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I love this series. I’ve been listening to the audiobooks for a few years now. This one looks really good. I can’t wait to get the audio. Great review.

  • Chris Vernon
    August 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Thea Harrison and her Elder Races series are some of our favorites. I love the stories, the characters, and the world they live in. Whether it’s a full length book or a novella, the story is fascinating from start to finish. I look forward to each and every book!

  • August 24, 2014 at 1:07 am

    No matter where Thea Harrison takes the series, I’ll always love reading about Pia and Dragos.

  • Linda Townsend
    August 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I’m a fan and I’m looking forward to immersing myself back into the incredible Elder Races world! Thanks for a chance to win a review copy!

  • Nae
    August 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I’m a couple of books behind in this series, but I am so getting back to it after reading your review. Night’s Honor sounds fantastic.

  • August 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Congratulations to Chris Vernon on winning the giveaway of our review copy on this one!

    Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! I hope you all enjoy it!

  • Missie Jones
    August 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I havent read this series so its completly new to me. It really sounds like something that i’d read. A Djinn 😀 I love any thing supernatural, so this is right up my Alley. Definitely adding to the TBR list.

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