Rating: 4 stars out of 5
For twenty years Myra has served the High King, so familiar, respected, and envied the rest of the palace calls him the High Secretary. For twenty years he has kept his secrets buried, and after so long he dares to believe he has left his past behind. But during the Festival of Harmony, tragedy strikes, and Myra’s past is dragged into the present.
Once third in command of Fathoms Deep, Charlaine is used to shadows and secrets, but even he is shocked to learn what his best friend, and the man he secretly loves, has been hiding all these years. In the wake of a terrible tragedy, he doesn’t know what to do—except whatever it takes to help his friends.
Though Jac is a member of the Three-headed Dragons and primary bodyguard to the High Consort, she is used to being overlooked and underestimated. But she didn’t earn her spurs by backing down, and she’s not about to do so now—even if she must defy the High Throne itself to save the man she’s falling in love with.
The Mercenaries of the Stolen Moon is slower than the previous books. Perhaps due to the amount of plot twists in it. They don’t take away from the overall story but delayed the romance aspects.
I love triad stories but in this case Jac seems a bit in the peripheral of the relationship. The author does an excellent job bringing her in the established attraction between Myra and Charlaine but it still not enough.
The story isn’t all love and flowers but the battles, suffering, and adventures of the main characters are interesting and engaging. The world-build is exceptional and the cast as diverse as the author’s ideas.
This is a nice addition to the series. We get updates from all the previous characters and their current lives. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment.
The cover by John Coulthart follows the style of the previous ones. It’s pretty but not as detailed as the others.
ebook, 284 pages
Published: November 19, 2018, by Less Than Three Press
Edition Language: English