Book: Kestrel's Talon (Book one)
Series: The Stonewatchers
Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Length: 418 pages
Review by Meredith
Following the Prentish/Nemarri war, Kes is rejected by his homeland under the guise of religious purity laws. Though he's spared execution, the proud Nemarri's fate is only marginally more merciful than death when he is sold into sexual slavery at a prosperous pleasure house.
Despite his stoic endurance, Kes knows he’s reaching his breaking point, but there is nothing he can do—there is no path to freedom in the Holy Prentish Empire, only a lifetime of humiliating servitude.
That is, until a beautiful young slave and his formidable master approach Kes in the marketplace and make an astonishing offer to take him home with them. The only problem: “home” is the accursed Horthmont Castle from the scare-stories of Kes’s childhood.
Thrown into a world of living myth, powerful magic, and ancient gods, Kes learns the secrets kept hidden by Horthmont’s thick blackstone walls. There he discovers something he thought he’d never know again: hope for the future.
What a story. This story is full of enchantment, mystery, magic, love, and vengeance. There’s tiers to this tale. I’m struggling with where to begin lol.
It’s set on a time that never existed. A Realm. We are in this Realms present time but to tell this story properly and with little confusion, stories are told within. In those stories we go back in time. It’s done in a way that it isn’t so much flash backs (which are annoying) it’s literally like story time. Listening to tales of a time that once was. I really ate it up and found it not only fascinating but vital to the story.
Kestrel’s “past” it’s horrible. There’s literally no joy in his life until one day in a marketplace a red headed warder felt the pull. I can’t say more to that meeting without spoiling it. Talon is magic. Not potions and dust he’s more than that and as we follow Kestrel and Talon through this story, it expands. Their love and the magic that entwines them to Grim.
Grim…. Such an interesting character. Now, I don’t know if this series will take us on a different direction so I apologize if this changes. Grim seems to be an Asexual character in this story. He loves two men but lives an Asexual lifestyle. This was fascinating to me. To see these 3 interact, to work, to love. It was stunning how they loved inside and out and in a way that was just them.
We have a war on the horizon. Shape shifting troubles, Gods! We have so much. I’m really hoping there is more to this series because Bey Deckard, though sealed this story up beautifully, has left it open for more fantastical storytelling.
There’s darkness in this story which Bey has mastered brilliantly. This is a fight for what’s right for bringing back a time once good but not great. Taking the past, and what we’ve learned as humans, animals, and enchanting creatures and making a better future.
This is a breathtaking story one that should absolutely be read and adored!
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