Title: Night’s Honour (The Elder Races, 7)
Author: Thea Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Piatkus (2nd September 2014)
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection – and seduced by honour . . .
On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.
The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers – both to her life, and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past . . .
Rating: *** (3 stars)
NIGHT’S HONOUR is the seventh book in Thea Harrison’s brilliant ELDER RACES series. NIGHT’S HONOUR introduces Tess, who is on the run from her former employer. She decides that her greatest chance of survival lies in becoming a human attendant to a powerful vampire. However, things don’t quite turn out to plan.
NIGHT’S HONOUR is a good addition to the ELDER RACES series, as in it Harrison explores more of the world. This time we get to see vampires and part of the Nightkind demesne up close, when they have only been mentioned before (I believe). I thought Harrison set up a really interesting plot line with NIGHT’S HONOUR however, I don’t think the execution of the story was Harrison at her best. Harrison builds a lot of tension through the story over what could happen to Tess if her former employer comes across her, but the outcome of the meeting felt to me anticlimactic. The final plot twist of this book left me feeling that NIGHT’S HONOUR was just being used to set-up the next book in the series. That being said, Harrison was as brilliant with the romance as she has been in the previous books in the series and if that’s the main reason you are following this series then you won’t be disappointed.
Tess was a really interesting main character – someone who runs towards her fears, instead of away from them. I actually really quite liked her, even if I did find it a little difficult to relate to her. I actually really admired her and thought she was brave. I also really quite liked Xavier del Torro, he was quite mysterious and there was an element of realism to him when he occasionally dropped into his native tongue. Harrison also did the secondary characters brilliantly – Xavier’s human attendants were particularly interesting characters.
There was a definite sense that there was something more going on behind the scenes in this book, which I am hoping is explored in the eighth book. If you are a fan of this series then you will probably enjoy watching as Tess’s story unfolds on the page. If you haven’t given this series a go, and you like your paranormal romances with a little spice then I highly recommend this series (you can find my review of the first book in the series here).