An archer’s heart is a hard target to hit…
Verhan Tŭrryés of Black Mountain is a handful.
Freshly enlisted in the Highland Regiment, he does all he can to steer clear of responsibility and commitment. Just not his cup of mead, that. Loose of tongue and even looser of morals, he rarely misses an opportunity to get into trouble—and into the other archers’ knickers, too.
In a unit composed almost entirely of Dark Elves, Hernan Seinnés, with his green eyes and auburn hair, is an outsider. When Verhan, up the creek again, is blackmailed into helping Hernan, he never expects to fall for him. But during the long hours spent training Hernan for the Honour Guard, feelings strike the Highlander right in the heart—and with the force of an arrow.
Unversed in relationships, Verhan finally plucks up enough courage to tell Hernan how he feels, only to drive the Asirhwӱnian away instead. If Verhan can swallow his pride, he might get one last chance to show Hernan what he means to him—and maybe this time he can hit the mark.
Twenty-One Arrow Salute is one delightfully enchanting story. I don't know how Kasia Bacon manages to pack so much punch into so few pages, but she really never misses a beat. Even at twice the length of the author's usual fare, not a single word is wasted.
Verhan Tŭrryés is one cheeky Dark Elf who tends to see more trouble than most - and all self-inflicted. He's young and acts it, meaning he has a tendency to think with his little head more than he does with his big head. I couldn't help but love him, though, and when he was blindsided by a fair outsider, Hernan Seinnés, I cheered.
I loved the humor and the snark and both MC's just worked for me. The Order universe is one I always want more of and Twenty-One Arrow Salute fit the bill splendidly!
ARC of Twenty-One Arrow Salute was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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