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Valor  Casey L Bond

Valor - Casey L Bond

Dragon. Warrior. Woman.

To honor her brother’s dying plea, Vayl Halifex carries a message that might prevent war with the elves: the location of their captive princess. Fortune and circumstance align in her favor and Vayl’s life is forever changed when an opportunity arises that only she can seize. With the help of a matchmaker, she becomes the emperor’s newest concubine. The new role affords her unfettered access to the gilded mountain stronghold, where the princess is rumored to be hidden away.

But she won’t take this risk alone. Her brother’s best friend, dragon warrior Estin, calls on the small army of elven assassins he leads to use their magic and might to flank her for the fight to come. The band of dragons takes Vayl into their fold and trains her as best they can before she’s whisked away to the palace.

Unbeknownst to the warriors, a dreadful magic simmers in the gilded fortress. With those fiercely protective of the emperor closing in, and the dragon assassins disappearing one by one, Vayl’s chance at escape narrows to a sliver, along with her hope of finding the princess or fighting her way out of the palace. With her heart entwined with that of the dragon warrior she was never supposed to love, she begins to fear the price of her treachery will be her life… or his.

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Kindle Edition 337 Pages ★ Published February 2022

valor Casey bond review

…had always sought to trample any ounce of spirit I might have had.

They failed.

My strength was never ruined; I just hid it away until now – when I needed it most.

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Review

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Valor is the third Casey L Bond novel I have read, and I am glad it was not the first. Unlike the three previous books I read [ Gravebriar, House of Eclipses & House of Wolves ], Valor did not capture my attention right away, and I considered not reading it. That said, it is only because of those previous books that I pushed through the beginning of Valor.

Bond’s story takes place in a world where women are worth less than dirt.

Women were to work and be seen, not heard.

It reminded me of when I was a kid when we weren’t to be seen or heard.

It’s a minor thing, but it got under my skin and was an itch I could not scratch, irritating the absolute fuck out of me. However, as Bond’s story progressed, I was less aggravated and eventually came around. In the end, I decided to give props to Bond for invoking such a strong response from me.

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Much like the rest of Bond’s books, Valor is well written and has lovely characters.

In Valor, Vayl, our main character, has one goal – to kill those who destroyed her family. Days after Vayl’s father’s death, her brother comes to her, mortally wounded. Zaire was injured by The Lion, the same man who had maimed her father, leaving him no longer able to work and provide for his family. Armed with information from Zaire, Vayl heads out in search of The Dragon & The Matchmaker.

Vayl wishes to fulfil her father and brother’s last wishes.

Before his death, Vayl’s father made arrangements for her to become the newest member of The Emperor’s concubine. Our dear Vayl decides that this is the best option available to her, and it will get her close enough to The Lion to kill him for what he has done. However, after meeting The Dragon and giving him Zaire’s message, Vayl alters her plan.

Valor is relatively quickly paced. Bond quickly moves the story along from the death of Vayl’s family to her training with The Matchmaker and The Dragon. Then, with only a few days worth of training, The Lion shows up to collect his brother’s newest prize. Within a day or two, Vayl has completed her task and sets out on her happily ever after.

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I feel like this book could have and should have been a duology.

It’s not that I didn’t like Valor, because I did; I just wish there was more to it.

If you are looking for a happy-go-lucky, all ends well for everyone fairytale, then dig in and enjoy the ride. But, be warned; it’s a short and quick ride.

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Quotes

It was blasphemy to even think such a thing, but I wondered if the gods feared the minds and strength of women most of all.

Fire did what fire does. It consumed. Destroyed. Laid waste.

Despair hung in the dark circles beneath my eyes, in the slumped hunch of my shoulders, and rested in the downturned corners of my lips.

I would weave those words into a shield so strong, not even the gods might pierce it.

And I don’t trust what I don’t know.

They were cold and calculating, the eyes of a man with raw, indisputable power.

Now that I’d worn pants, I was ruined.

A fluttering sensation swept through my stomach, like the dragonflies that graced the matchmaker’s gardens were flying in circles within me.

I drifted behind him like a kite soaring along in a gentle wind.

Fighting a smile was sometimes as hard as hiding my disgust or anger.

Weak men exploited others to keep their own hands clean.

His eyes raked down my dress and I yearned to take the orbs as payment for Lily’s tongue.

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Some of Bond’s books can be purchased through Chapters/Indigo [ here ]. Unfortunately, Valor does not seem to be one of the ones available at this time.

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