Shadows of the Knight
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Book 5 in the Realm of Honor Series
Formerly titled Her Fierce Knight
As the king’s health declines, Prince Andahar takes the throne but his rule faces war with the Fomorians, enemies who have carved a path of devastation throughout the realm. When the Fire Elven princess, a striking beauty, arrives in his kingdom with a plea for help, he knows he cannot refuse her. Nor can he resist her and vows to fight for her hand from any challengers no matter the cost.
Princess Laerwen’s people are mercilessly massacred and facing annihilation, so she turns to the ones she blames—the Wood Elves. Upon meeting Andahar, she learns who the true enemy is and enlists his help to regain her realm and destroy the Fomorians once and for all. But undeniable passion ignites between them and she is powerless to resist. And one kiss will never sate her desire for the prince. Even though she battles her growing feelings, he has made it quite clear he would do anything to have her.
When a twist of fate intervenes, Laerwen risks her heart for a seduction neither will forget and a love that will always endure.
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I love the Realm of Honor series, and Shadows of the Knight by Michelle Miles does not disappoint. The story continues from where A Knight Like No Other left off. The world Miles has created is complex and rich with detail. Her characters are the same. They had depth and flaws, but are ultimately strong enough to overcome what then need to grow.
Shadows of the Knight opens with the destruction of Hin'dar Rhule but the Fomorians. Princess Laerwen learns she has lost her parents and most of her kingdom in one fell swoop. When she learns a dark elf from the Woodlands released the Fomorians, she smothers all of her other emotions with rage and vengeance. She doesn't want to accept reality to the point she won't accept her title of Queen. We watch Laerwen wade through the stages of grief and struggle with what she feels is her duty versus what her heart desires.
Andahar is also struggling with the fallout of Malack's actions. Not even considering the destruction the Fomorians would wreak across the Heartland, he starts to understand the larger picture. He doesn't want to admit his father most likely won't recover and he will indeed soon be king. The advantage Andahar has is has seen that elves can find happiness outside the expected norms. He is ready to risk it all for Laerwen, if she would just let him in.
The Realms of Honor series has all of the necessary elements to be high fantasy and Shadows of the Knight just enhances the overall series!