Molly Reviews: Dax’s Desire by Hannah Walker (Avanti Chronicles Book 3)

The Avanti have made their way to Berinias, the capital and heart of Landran society. Not only is it King Kastain’s home ground, but it’s the seat of the Conclave’s power.

Dax finally gets to see Kastain in all his glory— regal, confident, powerful and downright sexy. As events unfold, Dax and Kastain realize everything happening with the Derin, with Martellon, Nestor and Teriva, is linked. Their enemies draw closer and the plots and machinations of the Conclave deepen. They just need to work out who is behind it all and what they hope to gain.

Kastain finds himself turning to Dax, the one person he seems to be able to count on more than anything. The bond between the two leaders is stronger than they expected, and they long for rare times alone so they can explore it. Instead their time is taken up trying to work out which Chieftains they can count on and who is attempting to undermine them at every turn.

When plots and betrayals run deep within the heart of the capital, who will succeed and who will pay the ultimate price?

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I have wanted Dax and Kastain’s story pretty much since they met. I knew it was going to be full of Conclave politicking and a beautiful love. It was all of that and so much more. Dax is so sweet in how he treats Kastain. He’s gentle when he needs to be and pushes when Kas is ready to take another step. It was wonderful to see how Dax interacted in the political realm of the capital and with the Conclave. The way he was able to play their game but not feed into the factions and their prejudices was amazing to see.
Kastain was a far deeper character than I originally thought. He loves wholly and completely and takes care of everyone around him when he can. I loved getting to see some of his backstory and meet his family in this book. His confusion over his feelings made me like him even more. He was honest with himself from the beginning. Once he made the decision to be all in with Dax, nothing could stop him. It was interesting to see how Kas handled the Conclave and potential opponents. You could tell how Kas felt about playing the game but he did it anyway since it was for the good of his people.
We get such a larger look at Dax and what kind of man he is. He treats Kas like a king but completely differently than everyone else. He treasures Kas and would do anything for Kastain’s happiness. But he also does everything in his power to let Kas be himself as much as possible. Not just royalty that is untouchable and unreachable to the masses. Seeing Dax’s past though is fascinating. All of the stories about his past missions and training show the kind of man Dax is. He is honorable to a fault and has an unwavering code of ethics. He is someone you’d be truly privileged to know and even more so to have on your side.
This story furthers the overall plot of the series by more than I expected. We get to see so much more that’s going on and how all of the events are connected. Of course we are still left with some huge questions and trying to decide which side some of the players are on. The ending is definitely a happily ever after for Dax and Kastain personally. But dang that “WHAT’S NEXT. I HAVE TO KNOW NOW!” feeling right at the end. I cannot wait to see how all of the Avanti and Landren handle what is thrown their way next.
Four and a half

About Hannah:
Hannah Walker is a full-time mum to two gorgeous teenage sons, and shares her home with them and a very supportive husband, who has always encouraged her to follow her dreams.She has always loved books from her childhood years reading alongside her father. She has inherited her father’s love of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. She has combined this with her love of MM romance to write her series Avanti Chronicles. She loves writing about a complex world where the men love and live hard. Welcome to the world of MM Sci-fi.

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