Title: Marshal: Loyalty and War 1 (The God Jars Saga #7)
Author: Devon Vesper
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 11, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 252 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When love collides with duty, you do what you must.
One of Valis’ fathers came home half-dead. The other is missing. When Valis tries to form a rescue party, he’s blocked at every turn by the Patron Priest who refuses to even consider the matter.
Valis’ non-magical allies—the Kalutakeni and mercenaries—are all on board, ready to follow Valis at a moment’s notice. But to mount a successful rescue mission, Valis needs mages. A lot of them.
He will have to go over the Patron Priest’s head to get the sanction. Doing that means he and his husband must go up against the Aesriphos Order’s Grand Masters in a battle of magic and stamina. If they win, they get the sanction and much more than they bargained for. If they lose, it may cost them their lives.
His father’s life hangs in the balance. Valis will do what he must.
This series just keeps getting better and better. Each book I think “there is no way Devon can come up with something else to top the last book” then I am ultimately surprised when Devon does just that. This book is what I would call a prelude to what is to come next. Valis and Tavros came upon someone on the back of horse in the last book that turned out to be Kerac. The question was where was Darolen? With Kerac and Darolen being husbands and mates together for all time, Kerac showing up in the condition he is in and no Darolen with him, then something must have gone truly wrong on their mission.
Valis is in a state when he finds Kerac barely holding onto life. He is scared and relieved to have Kerac present and accounted for but he is terrified something horrible has happened to Darolen. These two men were the first people to see Valis’ worth and took him in as their son. Now to have the face the possibility of losing not one but both men is heartbreaking for Valis.
Valis is glad to have his husband by his side because without Tavros Valis knows he would not be able to keep an open mind and hope that Darolen is OK. The fact remains that until Kerac is able to answer questions, no one knows for sure what has happened.
Once Kerac is able to talk to Valis and fill in the details of their capture and torture and then ultimately Kerac’s Escape with Darolen’s help Valis had no clue what to expect. Finding Darolen is still captured and possibly dead already does not help Valis mentally. When Valis is able to find out one way or the other if Darolen is alive or not, Valis comes up with a plan to at the very least find Darolen’s remains and bring him home. But with hope he is alive, Valis is willing to go to the ends of the earth to try and save him.
The only issue is not everyone is willing to go along with this mission. How is Valis going to change their minds or is it a losing a battle?
This was such an incredible read and I cannot wait for the next book and the battle that is sure to come along with it. Devon continues to surprise me and hold me captive throughout each read. I will be once again impatiently awaiting the next book. Hope it will not be a long wait!!!