Molly Reviews: Spoils of War by Hannah Walker

Jecks Cordant, High General of the Kabarian army was used to life being a certain way. Jecks knew things didn’t tend to change when you were at the top of your career. He was wrong. In one moment, because of one small letter, his entire world tilted. Everything was different.

Being forced into a marriage he didn’t want, with a prince he had nothing in common with, Jecks watched his life crumble around him. Yet, he could do nothing other than go along with the plans for the sake of peace and the thousands of lives at risk in both empires.

Calling on the support of his friends, he makes the journey to meet his fiancé. Along the way, he meets a man he never expected to find— one he could fall in love with. Battling the enemies intent on stopping the peace deal from going ahead, and his own heart, Jecks steels himself for what the future holds— a life of loneliness and regrets.

Forced to confront feelings he can’t afford to explore, and fighting to bring peace to both lands, Jecks will stand together with his men and fight for what is right, even if it’s sacrificing his own feelings. His duty to Kabaria is more important than the love of a man.

With enemies out to stop them, and danger meeting them around every corner, Jecks must learn to trust while ignoring the growing emotions he shouldn’t feel. With their goal in sight, Jecks knows he must honor the duty given him, but once he arrives at the castle, he finds his problems have only begun.

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Oh my word I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Ms. Walker is wonderful at creating worlds and characters that you quite literally get lost in. The different factions working towards their own goal and how everything was intertwined was amazingly written. You could see how they’re all connected and how the actions of one affected another. The world building was lovely and I enjoyed getting lost in someplace new.

Jecks was such a badass. He wouldn’t take anyone’s crap and he fought for what was right and just in the world. He took care of his soldiers and their families. He was honorable and legitimately wanted the best for both Kabaria and Tefaulst. He struggled with his feelings for Dorane so much in the beginning of the story. I loved how Jecks interacted with his friends, with the other soldiers, and with Dorane. He had a camaraderie with others that was so great to watch. He knew how to let loose and relax but also when to be serious and focused.

Dorane was fascinating. He was an accomplished soldier that knew how to fight. He also had reached a point in his life where he hoped to not have to fight anymore. In some ways, he wore his heart on his sleeve but he also kept his emotions well hidden. Especially from those who would use his feelings against him. He cared what happened to his men and those he deemed close enough to be considered family. Dorane struggled with his past and the ramifications it has on his future. You could tell he wasn’t being completely forthcoming about a few details as the story went on. But the scene where Jecks and his friends figure it out and the scene where Jecks confronts Dorane about it were wonderful. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I loved Jecks getting a happy ending. There were times I wondered if they’d work it out and make it happen. But oh man by the end of the book I was cheering along with everyone else. I adored the happily ever after ending. You know they’re going to make it long term and be able to overcome any obstacles thrown in their path. I desperately hope for a sequel because I would love some of the others in the story to get their own well deserved happy ending.
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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