Title: Honored Vow
Author: Mary Calmes
Characters: Jin and Logan
Jin Rayne is still growing into his frightening new powers as a nekhene cat and his place as reah of Logan Church’s tribe when he learns that a sepat, an honor challenge, has been called. Logan, who has never wanted to do anything but lead his small-town tribe, must travel around the world to Mongolia and fight to become the most powerful leader in the werepanther world.
Logan won’t be the only one making the journey. As his mate, Jin must fight with him to honor his commitment to Logan, his culture, and his tribe. But the trial is long, involving a prolonged separation between the two men, and Logan’s humanity is at stake. In order to make it through the nightmarish sepat, Jin and Logan must accept their fates, trust each other, and honor the vows between them no matter the cost.
And once again, Mary, you have done it. You have managed to keep your readers on edge for this whole series with this deep intellectual world you have created. The characters are so well fleshed out that I swear I could see them, I could almost hear them. I could feel their pain, their anger, their happiness and I fell deeper in love with them, if that’s at all possible.
This third installment brings Jin’s and Logan’s relationship to its peak, it’s the test of all tests, and it challenges them mentally as a pair and as individuals. It’s a true test of love and how fate takes its course in their lives.
Once again Jin and Logan are separated by a challenge that’s been called. Logan is being forced to take place in a challenge he really wants nothing to do with. All the poor guy wants is to be left alone with his pack and his mate to live their lives but since they’re anything but human’s this isn’t possible for them. So, while he and Jin are trying desperately to understand the powers of Jins other form as a nekhene cat, this challenge presents itself. And all too soon, Logan is whisked away for two whole months of “training and testing” and spending all that time as a cougar who is beaten daily. He’s made to act like an animal, he is not permitted to be a man at any point for any reason and quite frankly I’m glad the story was told in Jin’s POV because I may have thrown my reader across the room had it been any other way.
While Logan is off being conditioned to take part in this brutal senseless challenge that all the Alpha’s were requested to attend, Jin is learning more about his other self, his life as a reah and learning more and more about the pack he has committed his life to. He is miserable without his mate and he is a bundle of raw nerves by the time he and several other pack mates travel to Mongolia. Mongolia? In the middle of winter. It’s cold there. Very cold.
Now, let me tell you that those tests they are put through? Horrible. Just absolutely brutal. I cringed, shook my head, laid the reader down and quickly picked it back up to find out more. Mary holds no punches here. She actually writes for these panthers and she does not sugar coat anything. When they kill, they kill and you get the full details.
Expect some changes at the end of the story and expect for somethings not to end as you thought. Mary, you sorta hurt my heart at the end of this story. Crane just so happens to be my favorite in this story. In saying all this, I can’t recommend this book enough. Be prepared for a bit of information though. As I was reading it, processing all of the information I needed to know to move on with the story, my head was spinning just trying to understand everything. It’s a lot to understand and I’ll be honest here. I didn’t get some of it, but it didn’t hurt the story at all for me. I still caught the jist of what was happening to whom and why but the orders that came from the priest in charge just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me and the winner at the end of the “games” wasn’t at all who I expected. All I can say is: WOW.
Reviewed By: Michele