Every year the Nightkind host a New Year’s Ball where humans can introduce themselves to become attendants in the households of the vamps. Tess is in a spot of bother, she may or may not have peeved off a Pariah Djinn who wants revenge. Her only option to try and become an attendant.
Paraphrasing here with her saying “My looks are forgettable but I’m smarter than all of you in the room” Tess gets her foot in the door and an interview with Xavier del Torro.
A trial basis of a year is set up between the two. Tess must overcome her fear of vamps and not are all the monsters she thinks they are. I liked Tess as she is sharp, tenacious and cunning.
Xavier a vamp with a conscience, a former man of the church, a Spanish nobleman out to exact revenge is Julian’s right-hand man. He is the Spymaster and a good one at that. He has integrity and is a diplomat.
My Opinion of Night’s Honor
The plot of this book runs at a slower pace than any of the other books in this series. I still enjoyed it though and there is a subtle development between the two main characters and how their feelings for one another grow. The ending is where it really picked up and was unexpected.
One thing that did annoy me is Tess’s inner monologue that she is scared shitless of vampyres. Sweetheart you walked in willingly and had no other option so suck it up buttercup. (Although it DID add a new element to and otherwise predictable story.)
The relationship between Xavier/Tess was quite slow, which I liked, they were attracted/fascinated by each other very early on but it took time for anything to actually happen between them. I have to say I wasn’t all that convinced by their feelings for each other – I didn’t understand why they fell in love apart from them thinking the other was strong or honourable, it felt rather superficial. They were quite sweet together towards the end though, I just would have liked a tiny bit more depth or complexity from their relationship.
I didn’t really connect with Tess but I really liked Xavier. The novel probably would have been much better as a short story.