Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Woman of Honor by Nicole Zoltack

Woman of Honor by Nicole Zoltack (Kingdom of Arnhem, #1)

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Fantasy Romance

Heat Rating: 1



Aislinn of Bairdhe dreams of becoming a lady knight to honor the death of her fallen brother. To her mother's horror, King Patrick grants Aislinn's wish and she begins her long years of training.

Despite the mockery of the other pages, and the disdain of Prince Caelan who also trains to be a knight, Aislinn commits herself to her dreams and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and bravery. Through the years, Aislinn and Caelan grow from sparing classmates to good friends. They both know that someday Caelan will marry for the sake of the kingdom, but even that cannot keep them from falling in love.

The threat of war with the Speicans is a constant threat, and one that grows more frightening as she and Caelan train toward their eventual knighthood. Aislinn has committed herself to serving Arnhem, and has promised herself as King's Champion when Caelan claims the throne. She is willing to give up everything... her childhood, her life, even her heart for Arnhem. No matter the pain it brings.

Clare's Review

This story follows Aislinn in her quest to do what no woman in Arnhem has ever done before. Become a knight. Initially doing it to honour her dead brother, it soon becomes a matter of pride — to show the other pages that she is not a puny wench and every bit as capable and strong as they are. If not more so.

Starting when she is seven, the book follows her through her childhood and training. With the King’s son, Crown Prince Caelan and Geoffrey, her mentor and fellow page, their friendship grows and changes over the years as they strive to achieve the goal of knighthood. With war looming and ambition over taking everything, Aislinn is left little time for love, until it hits hard and with someone she can never have.

Full of action and adventure, Ms Zoltak has created a wonderful tale which keeps the pages turning right up until the heart stopping conclusion and leaves the reader wanting more.

4 1/2 Tea Cups!

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