Rating: 5 stars
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Former Captain of the High Guard Gaige Rizik’s world has been turned upside down. One day he’s one of the most feared, most respected men under High Sorcerer Byram’s command, the next day he is mated to the leader of the draegan rebels, the high sorcerer’s sworn enemies. After his rescue and escape from Byram’s dungeon and near death by poisoning, Gaige is faced with the fact that he is of mixed blood – both human and draegan – that he’s now mated to the man he was born to hate, and face the demons of his past and the ones of his lineage.
Kieran Hareldson, leader of the draegans, has a secret. A secret he’s kept for a century in order to protect himself and those he loves. Kieran is a draegan with lord blood. The last of his kind. And after his recent mating to Gaige – his true-mate – Kieran finds himself needing to let tell the truth. To lead his people with Gaige at his side.
Upon returning to the draegan camp, Kieran and Gaige are faced with scorn and hate and are forced to prove Gaige is no more a traitor than Kieran. But proving himself worthy is not Gaige’s only challenge. With his mating comes new abilities, abilities that prove to be painful and difficult to handle.
Worst of all, with Gaige’s rescue and their escape from Byram’s stronghold, the high sorcerer is determined to find and kill all draegans and any human helping them, especially Gaige and Kieran, now more than ever. With the threat of spies, discovery, and the mystery of Byram’s source of power looming over them, Gaige and Kieran must work together with their trusted inner circle to bring the draegans together and to stop Byram before the high sorcerer stops them.
Oh my…this is possibly the hardest book to summarize…ever. I want to begin by saying that, to date, Lords of Kellesborne is my favorite of the Draegan Lords series. First, the series itself is so cleanly written and flows with ease sometimes at a heart pounding pace, other times calm and beautiful. There is so much that happens in this story. So much is revealed. So many new mysteries are brought to light. Lives are changed, both good and bad. Decisions are made that are shocking. New vital characters are introduced. The plot takes a new path one that is unpredictable, yet so captivating. I absolutely love this book.
Kieran and Gaige both grow so much here. For Gaige, this is a journey of finding out who he really is and believing he is actually a good man. He battles with his past, with his heritage, with hatred from others as well as himself. It’s a journey of self-acceptance – who he is, who he was, who he wants to be and who he will become. For Kieran, his journey is one of accepting his role in life, his birthright. He also is a healing presence for Gaige, a support, a reassurance. They are both extremely strong men with vulnerabilities, which is one of my favorite aspects of this author’s characters, and they make mistakes, but they learn from those mistakes. And that only makes them stronger.
The relationship between Kieran and Gaige is solidified in this book. Their true-mating is brought to light and given rules. The bond between them strengthens and makes them stronger together. It not only makes them good for each other, but good for their followers.
There are so many vital secondary characters added to the story, I hesitate to list them all. But the addition of each one adds a new layer to this story. You’ll learn that everything that happens within this series will eventually mean something. It’s one of the reasons I’m so addicted to this series. Everything has a purpose, and it may not be revealed in this book, but trust that it will be revealed. And when it is, it’s that much sweeter…or shocking…or amazing.
The world of Velensperia continues to grow as the series moves on. Not only physically – the landscape, the mountain ranges, the outer realm, Kellesborne – but story-wise as well. Draegans are given life in this story. Yes, we see them in the first book, but here they all have more of a central role in both human and draegan form. The camp is brought to life – humans and draegans, alike. The rules of the world continue to progress. A hierarchy is set in place. Dreagans are given special abilities. The rules of true-matings are detailed. Nothing is left to chance. It’s truly an amazing world
I’m not sure that I can truly explain how much I love this book. The characters, the story, the world, the plot, the intricacies – it’s all so amazing from beginning to end. The more I read this series, the more I fall in love. I highly, highly recommend Lords of Kellesborne. This series is made to be read in order, so read True of Heart first or you’ll be completely lost to what happens in Lords of Kellesborne.