Friday, July 15, 2011

Honor Bound

Title: Honor Bound
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-612-2
Genre: {M/M} Historical Fantasy Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

As the chieftain of his clan, Jarl Radulfr is a warrior and is responsible for protecting and fighting for his people. When the clan is attacked without provocation, causing the death of several members, he demands compensation and finally agrees to take a bride as a peace-pledge to avoid a clan war. What he doesn’t know is that the bride…Ein… is a man and as a warrior of honor, Radulfr can’t refuse to claim Ein…since he’s made a pledge.  It doesn’t hurt that Ein is the most striking man he’s ever seen either.  They soon leave for home but there are Gods and men determined to see that they never arrive. It’s going to take all the strength of their growing bond, along with their wits and cunning, to stay alive long enough to reach their destination. 

Honor Bound is the first release in Stormy Glenn’s newest series, Viking Lore, and since Vikings are so infrequently the subject in an M/M storyline, the blurb for this one intrigued me. Then I read the story and discovered the author had woven in Gods, legends, berserkers and even ghosts and I was hooked. Take it from me, there are more than enough twists and turns within this well plotted and paced story to keep a reader’s interest until the abrupt ending, which I expect gets carried over into the next release. 

Radulfr and Ein are polar opposites…not only in size but the way they were raised, abilities, outlook…almost everything. Yet, each in their own way, is honorable, strong and protective, wanting to do the right thing. Some might say Ein was too girly but being raised in a fairly closed religious community didn’t exactly make him into a warrior. So I wasn’t surprised by his meekness but his ability to change and adapt under the duress of their trip home showed that Ein would be a good mate to Radulfr. 

Now I need to say a little about the numerous Norse words included. Most are readily obvious like the word faðir for father, but there are others such as warg that I hadn’t have a reference to, making them a little confusing initially. It might have been better to have included a short glossary for those readers in need of assistance. I look forward to the next release in this new and interesting series.

1 comment:

Stormy Glenn said...

Hi, I'm glad you enjoyed my new Viking world. Thank you for the great review. After reading it, I wanted to let you know that there is a glossary of terms at the back of the book.