Title: Warrior Pledge
Author: E.E. Montgomery
Genre: High Fantasy, Transgender, Werewolves, Shapeshifters
Length: Novel (296 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 3, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: When the two moons of Thalazar cross orbits, the Warrior Pledge must be completed or the cat-shifting Mafdeti nation will face annihilation. There are four who can save the people and their land: the Silver Shining from Rock, the Great Heart Farseeing, the Changeling, and the Pure. They must find each other before time runs out.
Silver-eyed Checa is Captain of the Guard for the Mafdeti. Thanks to the friendship and loyalty of Heath, son of the Mafdeti Matriarch, Checa has survived and thrived after a childhood of horrific abuse. He knows Heath is his Bond-Mate but refuses to bond with the younger man because he feels he isn’t worthy. Nor does Heath’s mother approve of her son bonding with a lowborn warrior.
Together they face deadly wing-strikes from carnivorous birds, earthquake, betrayal, ambush, and an enemy invasion, only to be confronted with the possibility that the Warrior Pledge will bond Checa and Heath to others. If Checa is to complete the Warrior Pledge, he must overcome the belief that he doesn’t deserve Heath’s love and fight for the one man who can make him whole.
Review: This is an amazing journey with all sorts of characters and twists and turns that take two men on a quest to find the pure one and changeling to complete a ritual pledge and in the process they are able to do the one thing they have longed for, bond. Captain of the guard Checca, the silver shining rock and a cat shifter is tasked with a mission of great importance.
Heath has been in love with Checca forever but Checca refuses to bond with him even though their mates. Heath insists he go with Checca despite the prophecy or dangers involved. Along the way he finds out why Checca has reservations about bonding with him.
This story is fantastic. It’s an edge of your seat, action packed, drama ridden story with intense scenes that leave you gasping. The group has a traitor in their midst as well as two other groups hell-bent on stopping them from their mission.
I loved everything about this book except for one thing. I do not recall the book specifically saying which cat species it kept referring to when it mentions the characters turning into their cat forms. Were they big domesticated cats, lions, cougars? I never completely knew and that irritated me as when I read I can visualize what the words are saying but the cat form kept wavering in my mind. Plus the fact the story did not feel like it was complete at the end considering they never did anything about the Yeudan who tried to interfere. Other than that it was a really good story. I am hoping there will be a sequel to this book.