Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Soldier
Author: Kate Aaron
Series: Free Men #2
Genre: MMM Fantasy
Length: 170 Pages
Publisher: Croft House
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Three months. That’s all it took for Kai to forsake freedom and learn to love his new life as pleasureslave to a wealthy Thirskan Underlord.
Finding himself surrounded by his own people once more, Kai should have been happy: relieved to be rescued from slavery, and out of the clutches of a man who was the sworn enemy of his people. Yet his people are not how he remembers them. Distrustful of Kai, and disgusted by his relationship with not one man but two, they make it abundantly clear he no longer fits in.
Beaten, starved, and tortured, when the chance comes to escape, Kai is barely strong enough to make the journey. Even if he succeeds, how could anybody ever love the thing he’s become in order to survive?
Review: Thank goodness, this book picks up right where The Slave left off, with all three now prisoners. It is told from Kai’s point of view, as opposed to the first story, which was told in Tam’s. This was every bit as captivating as the first book, but I had different feelings about it.
The men are now prisoners of a rogue band of the very people Kai used to fight for. So, while he is a prisoner as well, he is given a lot more leeway. He is somewhat free to roam the compound while Tam and Master are locked up. The conditions are horrible, and if it weren’t for Kai, they would probably have all died of hunger or thirst. It seems the leaders of the group believe they captured a missing prince (the Master) and are hoping for rich rewards.
Unfortunately, neither Kai, nor Tam, know any of this to be true. To them, Master is merely an Underlord. Kai is brutally tortured for information about this prince/his Master, to no avail. His injuries cause him great harm and distress, both physically and mentally, but Tam and Master are quick to reassure him.
With their release now uncertain and their worthto their captors seemingly nonexistent, the men must come up with a Plan B. Their only hope is to convince the leaders that Master’s wife would be willing to offer a reward to get him back. Much of this story is spent with Kai on his own trying to make that happen. He endures so much for Master and Tam, more than he ever would have thought possible. He has such incredible strength, and his feelings for the men really help him through.
We meet some of the other characters, such as Master’s wife, and learn a bit more about the circumstances surrounding their marriage, why she left, etc. It seems Tam was a bit in the dark about everything, and it will be interesting to see how things play out from here.
Just as The Slave pulled me into its world, so too did The Soldier. I didn’t love this quite as much as the first, for the mere fact that Kai was on his own for a lot of it, but the writing is just as wonderful, very descriptive and vivid giving you a real sense of being there or that such a place truly exists. This was another really fast read that I didn’t want to put down. Unfortunately, I now have to wait for the third installment, and I cannot wait to see what happens next!
Overall Impression: It was amazing.
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*