Series: Secrets of Socendor #3
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Erotica, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa
From the ashes of war emerges a fiery love. Secrets of Socendor, Book 3Already despised as a half-elf, half-human lithing, exiled king Braen must face the destruction he has wrought. By resurrecting his father, he has unleashed a terrible evil upon the land. His only hope to save his people is to join forces with elves and humans, his traditional enemies. Which makes his undeniable desire for the human captain Jéan Bastien intolerable. With the land of Socendor’s fate hanging in the balance, dealing with his lust for Braen is the last thing Jéan needs. Not only because Braen’s a lithing, but because Jéan has never before desired a man. Yet their magnetic attraction draws them together even as war drives them apart. Time has run out for the people of Socendor. Led by General Kalen Ysindroc, Braen’s half brother, and his elven lover, wizard Micheil Thierauf, the united band of elves, lithings, and men march on Sunderlind, though their numbers are too few. As dragons darken the skies and arrows fly, love and loyalty must win the day...or darkness will reign forever. Warning: This book contains explicit scenes of love between men, some tender, some not; bloody, frightening warfare; heartbreak...and hope.
The lithings were forced into exile, pushed onto lands unable to sustain life for any prolonged period of time. Watching his people suffer and die lithing King Braen Vondrasek brought back his father from the dead, powerful wizard King Breasal in order to retake the lands of Socendor. He thought he had enough power to control Breasal, unfortunately he didn’t.
As the war rages between Breasal and the rest of Socendor, Braen does everything he can to back those opposed to his wizard father knowing that forgiveness is something he will have to earn. Braen unites with his half brother General Kalen Ysindroc and his lover elf wizard Micheil Thierauf to aid the cause.
Towns are destroyed and so many lives are lost. Truths are revealed. Only by making difficult choices and decisions can they survive and have a chance at defeating the dark wizard. Braen fights for his people. He also fights for the right to call his half brother’s second, Captain Jean Bastien his own. The end is in sight or the beginning…
The climactic battle between good and evil reaches a showdown. Retribution pulls no punches in this action packed adventure. The large cast of characters and the intricate plotline comes to head in the pages of Retribution, the third book in the Secrets of Socendor. Battles, blood, and death – no one character is exempt in the end. This series must be read in order, too much going on and too many people to sort out otherwise. Retribution is a big story with a satisfying ending.