Saturday, February 18, 2012

Honored Vow

Title: Honored Vow
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-218-3
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy Paranormal Series
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Jin’s new powers as a nekhene cat are still growing and his position as reah in Logan’s tribe is firmly established when they discover the priest of Chae Rophon has called an honor challenge. Logan isn’t thrilled to learn he’s one of six champions to participate and he must travel to Mongolia to take part in a fight to the death, in order to determine who becomes the leader of all were-panthers. 

Logan won’t be traveling alone. Jin must play a part, honoring his pledge to his mate, tribe and culture. As true-mates the prolonged separation required for the trial is dangerous, threatening Logan’s life and humanity. If they have any hope of surviving the trial’s ordeal, Jin and Logan must trust in their love, and honor the vows spoken from their hearts. 

Honored Vow is the third and final release in Mary Calmes trilogy Change of Heart. For all you fellow fans of the series, don’t be too sad with this final book of Jin and Logan. Ms. Calmes is already working on the sequel which will focus on Domin and those individuals who followed him to a new life in Sobek. I can hardly wait. 

I’ve really enjoyed this series and the world building from the first release to the last has been wonderful, getting deeper and more detailed with each consecutive book. That means here we get to see more vividly the were-panther traditions, hidebound laws and brutal rituals. Be aware that this book is filled with violence, blood and death, which some readers may find objectionable, but it fit perfectly within the context of the plotline.   

In addition to Jin and Logan there are plenty of familiar secondary characters.  The opening scenes are attention grabbing, making you fear the worst for the Crane’s life. But the twists and turns certainly don’t end there. They just get more intense and spaced closer together when the story moves to Mongolia. Its here we get even more graphic details of the were-panther world, new characters are introduced and the action really picks up as the trials begin. 

The story is well written and kept my attention from beginning to end. In fact, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. The plot is complicated, is action packed, has a fast flow, and is filled with drama and friendship. And I can’t forget Jin and Logan. Their relationship has grown stronger and become more intense and mature, their loving mating…their romance grounding everyone in the Church tribe. 

So, if you read and enjoyed the first two books in this series, reading Honored Vow is a must. It’s a nail-biting rollercoaster ride that kept me on the edge of my seat. You know that Jin and Logan will survive but that doesn’t mean there won’t be more twists and turn at the very end, so look for some major changes in the lives of several people that Jin loves dearly.

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