Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Warrior and Priest
Author: Katie Howe
Heroes: Nico & Alex
Genre: M/M Scifi/Fantasy
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: On an earthlike planet ruled by the Elite, a rite called “the Gleaning” is used to select suitable spouses for those of merit. Nico Stamford is a member of the Geisha class. Though he has been trained for marriage all his life, becoming a healer and a priest in the process, all he wants is to cook and open a restaurant. Instead he becomes a candidate for the ritual. He hopes the Goddess will look kindly on him and eliminate him before the final choices are made. Alex DeVrie is a member of the Warrior class who has recently returned triumphant from a clash with an alien enemy. Made a duke of the Sixth Land as a reward, all Alex needs now is a husband. As soon as Alex sets eyes on Nico, he refuses to settle for anyone else.
Tradition says they can part ways after a year and a day. But love begins to grow as they unravel the mystery behind tragic events in the Sixth Land, and they uncover a conspiracy that could change their society.
Nico’s always had dreams of one day opening his own restaurant and now he’s so close to making that happen. All he has to do is get eliminated from the Gleaning, a ceremony where he’d find a suitable spouse. Unfortunately, his wishes don’t exactly come true when Alex, a member of the Warrior class, sets his eyes on Nico. When Alex choses Nico in the Gleaning, Nico’s dreams are put on hold but with their marriage comes a life Nico never dreamed he wanted and mysteries and dangers that go right along with it. But will Alex and Nico be able to save the people of the Sixth Land before an unknown foe destroys their it?
Okay, this story got me out of the HUGE book rut I was in. Once I started it, I COULD NOT put it down. I loved both Alex and Nico as characters. At first, Alex seems like this arrogant, self-righteous warrior but turns out he’s actually just very worried and possessive of Nico. Nico, in turn, seems very immature and naive but as the story progresses, he becomes very and grows into his powers. He understands what his role in life is and that’s definitely not to own a restaurant… at least right now. As a couple, they’re so cute and I loved reading all about them and seeing them explore their new relationship and responsibilities.
I absolutely ADORED this story but once Alex and Nico had sex, I felt like they had sex ALL THE TIME. Well, at least it was way too much for my tastes. I would have liked them to explore each other as individuals rather than explore their bodies. I also felt like the story is a little unresolved especially when it comes to the whole corn mystery.
As it is, I still loved this book so much! Once I started I was drawn into it and I loved seeing how both Nico and Alex grew as characters and ultimately how they come to care for their land. I hope the author is considering writing more in this world because I’d love to either read more of Alex/Nico or see one of the side characters get their story. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for an intriguing scifi/fantasy!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*