A Question of Honor
Author: Matthew Angelo
Title: A Question of Honor
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
On The Author's Website:
Ash loves being a knight, but hates that it leaves him little time for himself—and even less to spend with his forbidden lover, the half-elf Havyn. Finding time to be together is even more difficult under the watchful, hateful eyes of his captain.
Havyn is suffocating, forced to watch the man he loves from afar, living in fear of the day they are caught—especially since he's already despised for his mixed blood. He buries himself in his magic and studies, ever hoping for a day when they can love openly instead of living constantly in fear.
But their wish for more time together comes at the price of saving the world from destruction, and it's a price that might very well tear the two lovers apart, if it simply doesn't kill them first.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ash and Havyn are lovers, but their relationship must remain a secret. Men in love with other men isn't allowed in the human world., which is where they live. It is part of the elven world, and since Havyn is a half-elf he's partially accepted being in love with a man. Ash is still struggling with the idea. Then they are sent on a quest to save the world and the time spent together means they'll have to finally figure their relationship out.
I really like the world Angelo created. It's a mix of science fiction and high fantasy, although high fantasy was definitely the stronger. The different gods, the way the roles each person took in their lives (knight, mage, or other) corresponded with those gods, and the struggle to keep the balance between good and evil was very well explained. It gave the plot and the characters depth that allowed the book to really shine.
However, I also found this book very difficult to actually read. I have to be careful here because I'm reviewing an ARC that hasn't been fully edited. I have no idea what will be different in the final version versus what I read. That said, I think much of what I'm going to say will probably still be the same. There was no flow to the sentences or even continuity to the facts. For example, Ash receives a cut on one arm during a battle. A few sentences later he thinks about how his armor survived the fight intact, except for the cut on his arm. There's no mention of what parts of his body the armor actually covered--so there's no way to tell if that part of his thought is even relevant--and no mention of how badly he's injured or if he bothers to bind his wound at all. The thought literally ended there with nothing more added to give any depth or continuity. Some of my problem there was definitely the lack of description, but the flow issues were what hurt this story the most. I really, really hope the final version of this story with all the editing completed fixes all of this because the rest of the story was really nice.
The world building was a very interesting mix of sci-fi and high fantasy that gave this story a unique twist that I enjoyed reading. There were some issues with flow and description, which did make the story difficult to read, but overall I liked this story and therefore recommend it.
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