Title: Kestrel’s Talon (The Stonewatchers, #1)
Author: Bey Deckard
Published Date: May 23rd 2016
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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.
In this story we follow Kestrel, a soldier sold into slavery after his own country did not buy his freedom back after he was defiled during his time as a war prisoner. Abused in so many anguishing ways, tortured and dehumanized as a slave, Kestrel didn’t think that he could escape his agonizing life until he found himself being sold AGAIN! This time to a fellow slave named Talon and its master, Count Strade.
Aside from the obvious love triangle, the main focus of this installment was to dethrone the king and abolish slavery all together. With many obstacles, danger and a battle to ensue, this book was an incredible read!
I enjoyed the underlined politics of this book. The author did an amazing job at creating a mystical fantasy world intwined with the political red tape of homosexuality, racism and politics. The details in this novel are by far one of its best traits. The author paints an extremely descriptive image of this story. As you read you feel as if you are watching a movie play out in your own mind. Such an insightful and enjoyable read! I would most certainly recommend this book and I can not wait to read the next installment!
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