The war is on…
Hauk is not very thrilled with having to take his nephew Dare on his Endurance, a test of manhood that every Andarion male takes when he is a teenager. However Hauk is the only surviving male family member Dare has, so he has to do it. Dare hates his uncle Hauk, led to believe that Hauk killed his father Keres years ago. All the animosity that his mother feels towards Hauk has Dare projecting the same hatred. Throw a wrench it, Hauk takes along Nykyrian sends along his teenaged daughter Thia as well. Hauk, Thia, and Dare are dropped off in the middle of nowhere and forced to fend for themselves for a month.
Zyr, Commander of the League, sends Sumi to spy on Hauk. Not to kill, but to gather intel. He wants proof that Hauk is a member of the Sentella so he can take him down. Kyr has a bargaining chip, Sumi's daughter, taken from her at birth. With promises of the return of her daughter, Sumi sets off. As she waits and watches Hauk, she is attacked by a wild animal and left for dead. Thia and Dare find her and with Hauk's help, she is nursed back to health. The files she has read about Hauk show a completely different person than the one she sees around his family. How can he be a cold blooded killer when he treats his family so well? Well, except Dare who is a little prick. Assassins keep finding them though, so they have to keep moving.
The love story actually culminates about halfway into the book, however, since Hauk is promised to Dare's mother, they have to find a way to free him, and to free Sumi's daughter. Holy cow, I loved this book! I feel like I waited a decade for it, but it was absolutely worth it! I loved Sumi, she was a great female lead character. And Hauk. *sigh* we all wish we had one. And let me tell you, I'm reallllllllllly hoping that the next book is going to be about Thia, lol!