Review: Scorpion (Memory of Scorpions #1) by Aleksandr Voinov

October 11, 2014 Review 0

Review: Scorpion (Memory of Scorpions #1) by Aleksandr Voinov

Never stop fighting.

Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, penniless, and quite possibly the last surviving member of the only family he’s ever had—the elite fighting force known as the Scorpions. When a steel-eyed mercenary offers him medicine and shelter in exchange for submission and a secret task, Kendras has no choice but to accept. He is a Scorpion; he’ll do whatever it takes to survive.

But his true goal is to rebuild the Scorpions. Neither Steel’s possessive nature nor Kendras’s shattered foot can keep him from finding the last of his brothers, or the mysterious leader of the Scorpions, the man who held Kendras’s heart long before Steel tried to take it for himself.

The goal is simple, the situation anything but. To rescue his leader and escape from Steel for good, Kendras must fight through a morass of politics and intrigue where enemies may be allies and even allies have hidden agendas. But Kendras isn’t only fighting for his lost lover and tribe—he soon realizes that nothing less than the birth of an Empire is at stake.

Title: Scorpion
Author: Aleksandr Voinov
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Capture and Surrender, If It Drives, Hostile Ground, No Place That Far
Series: Memory of Scorpions
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: May 27, 2013
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Male Male Romance, Military Romance
Pages: 268
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: four-half-flames

Be prepared for a review where I will probably do a lot of odd explaining. I’m still trying to figure out how I truly feel about this read. Scorpion is the first Aleksandr Voinov book I read where he was not writing with another author. I’ve loved those books so when the Memory of Scorpions books arrived in my inbox I was excited. I’ve been on a male male romance reading binge lately. I still can’t put Scorpion neatly into the male male romance box. There are men, the book has many sex scenes, but the romantic goal of a happily ever after was not there.

Now lets move on to what was there. The alternate universe where politics are ruled by kings, queens, and protectors, with manipulations from all sides for gains and alliances whether it be for for the good of the people or for ill gains. The main character is at the center of this and he will soon discover that he is being pulled even further into the fold when he finds that his lover is more than he ever let on to be.

Kendras is a Scorpion. He has been severely injured and left with what looks like an option that will keep him from ever fighting again. He wants more than anything to find out what has happened to his fellow Scorpions. The Scorpions are the only family he has ever known. The man he cares for is also a Scorpion. War has left them scattered into the unknown. Needing medical attention, food, shelter, and time to heal Kendras accepts an offer for employment elsewhere. He knows he’ll have to eventually go in search of his fellow warriors, first he has to heal from his current battle wounds. The job he accepts sheds some light as to what exactly is going on around him, what the war is truly about, and exactly who his lover is.

The storytelling is wonderful. The world building is great. This world is fascinating. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series. I’m hoping to get more enjoyment out of them. Knowing that I will not be picking up a romance and instead a fantasy adventure will help with that.

Riptide

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