Review: Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh

Stygian's Honor Lora Leigh
I finished this book and all I could think was: Is this story arc never going to end? I enjoyed this book more than the last one (yay!) but I still felt like we were spinning our wheels toward the end. It was like it was drawn out just so it wouldn’t have room to be resolved here. I suspect that Gideon’s book is next, so hopefully that will resolve this arc once and for all. I’m ready to move on to more interesting things that have less Jonas in them. Maybe we can finally go back and have some resolution about Cassie Sinclair. I have my suspicions about who she’ll end up with. My vote is for

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Dog.

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I was really pleased to find that I enjoyed the main characters and their relationship together. Neither of them acted pig-headed and they both seemed to have an even power balance in the relationship—which is often a complaint of mine in the Breed books. The hero, Stygian, actually sides with the heroine, Liza, over Jonas and his machinations! That is practically unheard of given that the Breeds have started to feel more and more like the Council with their ‘the ends always justify the means when it comes to Breed rights’ attitude. The poor humans are left in the role of roadkill more often than not.

The mystery surrounding Liza’s character was pretty obvious from the beginning, which took away some of the suspense, but the specifics of the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of it all was a mystery to me until it was spelled out. I liked that this book picked up right at the end of Lawe’s Justice, but it does make it a little harder to read if you haven’t already read that one. So be warned, people. The plots are tightly connected.

Stygian was more accepting of the danger his mate could face than most of the other Breeds we’ve seen so far. Liza’s an agent who is more than capable of surviving on her own and he knows it. It felt like there was an equal give and take between them, rather than him being the guiding force in their relationship, as I’ve seen before in this series.

We see a lot of Jonas in this book, which, I’m sorry to say, didn’t please me. I used to like him a lot, but this storyline has not done much for his character in my eyes. I know I’m supposed to be all sympathetic and understanding because it’s all in hope of finding a cure for his daughter, but that’s not cutting it for me. He’s not even likeable anymore, so anytime he’s on screen he just seems to suck the fun out of the plot.

Dog and his crew are back here—which is always a good thing in my opinion. Something interesting develops on that front and I’m very curious to see what that means and how it will play out in the coming books. Are we possibly headed toward a book featuring Dog? I’ve been hoping for that for quite a while. I’d take a Loki book too, though. :)

Since I know this is a complaint of many, I thought I’d mention that there are some typos but it didn’t seem as bad as it has been in previous books. The heat in between the main characters was fine, although the obligatory buttsex scene felt shoehorned in. I don’t have an issue with those scenes, but I did dislike that it was thrown in with only three or four pages until the book ended. That made it all feel…awkward and forced. Based on my enjoyment of the relationship I hope that this series is kicking back into gear for me. I think things will improve a lot once this arc is finally over.

Favorite Quote:

”You’re a virgin.” It sounded like an accusation.

Liza blinked up at him half tempted to laugh. “What do you want, apologies?”


Rating: B-
Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh
August 7th 2012 by Berkley
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Comments

  1. Angela says

    I’m pretty sure you can only say that phrase about a Lora Leigh book.

    I’m glad to see this one was better than the last one. I got so bored with Lawe’s Justice I started counting how many times she used the word soul in a sentence.

  2. Audra says

    I so hope that this story arc dies soon. I don’t think I even finished the last one.

    I hope Cassie’s story is soon, she’s been teasing that story for forever!

    • says

      I think it’s almost over. *fingers crossed* I thought we’d see Cassie’s story much earlier in the series. I’m ready for it.

  3. pamelia says

    Ug. I bowed out of reading this series after the disastrous mess that was Jonas’ book. It’s dangerous to build up a secondary character to that point and then NOT DELIVER. I may read Cassie’s book when it comes out, but right now I am leaving the breeds be.

    • CK says

      I’m with you all the way, Pamelia. Maybe I’ll go back for Cassie, but not before then….

    • says

      Lion’s Heat was a huge disappointment for me. He didn’t seem at all like he was cast previously. I felt like that with Bengal’s Heart too. It was just…bleh.