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The Gravemen

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  128 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Lady Valera, beloved daughter of the King's nephew, has gone missing. Ordinary soldiers have been unable to locate her, calling for slightly more drastic action. Two members of the King's elite fighting force, the Gravemen, are chosen for the task. Between the two of them they are skilled enough to take on whatever force gets in their way... Assuming they don't kill each o ...more
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Published October 7th 2011
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Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

I was already somewhat interested in this story from the blurb, but I was really excited to read it after I read Melissa's guest post here on the blog yesterday. So, when I had time last night, I decided to read it. And I'm glad I did! It was the perfect length for starting a book at night (I just can't seem to make myself start a long[ish] novel anytime after 5pm) and I was drawn right into the story, literally from the first few sentences. Instead of a lead
I read this book because something about the blurb promised lots of sexual tension, and I love sexual tension. A lot. And for the most part, I wasn't disappointed. The protagonists spend an awful lot of time arguing and smoldering gently, and it was great. Then I got to the end and... nothing. The ending wasn't so much abrupt as supremely unsatisfying. I think this book could definitely have used some expansion.
 ~♥ Elle ♥~
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book! I loved Asdelar and Hinego's exchange. Aseldar, with his teasing and flirtatious comments while Hinego gets all offended and huffy was amusing. The pacing was good and the story was action packed. It was a slight disappointment that there was no hot scenes and the MC's only shared a kiss in the end. Wished it was longer and there was more to the relationship. Reading this made me smile. Hope there's a sequel coming out soon :)
3,75 stars
Hinego is part of a police force at least the equivalent of it in this fantasy setting and he at least appeared quite capable and interested in doing his job and the mission the king send him to fulfill. Unfortunately for him the partner he was forced to take with him, was from the kings elite army force and Asdelar didn't really prove himself until the end.
Even drunk Hinego managed to defeat 4 attackers, while Asdelar just lay there and watched. I'd like to say that he was much of hel
The story was good but the world and character building was lacking. I would have loved to have learned a lot more about the Banam-Hin and the Reds (or Iamlt-Wor, whichever you like to call them).

It was a bit of a frustrating read for me. I found Asdelar/Lorem(what Hinego liked to address him) to be a character I didn't like so much at times. I can't stand irresponsible people so...yeah....he was kind of pissing me off the way he just disregarded Hinego advice (which resulted in so many problem
Cait Dean
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This needs a sequel, and sex.
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4 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Hinego is an Imalt-Wor (Reds) he roams the land with his fellow warriors keeping the kings laws upheld, he is as strict in his personal life as he is with his job and he has no time for wastrels like the Blade he has been teamed up with for a mission. Asdelar is a Banam-Hin (Blade) an elite swordsman who is protection for the royals and the city, he lives life to the fullest, snatching enjoyment wherever he can and he wishes he could get the Reds to
POV: Third
Kisses: 3.5

The book starts at the point where Asdelar and Hinego have been on the road in their chase after the King’s niece for a few days already. The King’s niece has a habit of running away, and is known for her snippy personality, but only once before has she been missing this long. The antagonism between the two men is very direct (neither want to be on this quest together),with the characters almost seeming two dimensional. This is a false impression, for beneath their façades,
Talya Andor
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this story of two traveling warriors from very different disciplines, and the mysteries they seek to unravel along the way. One of those mysteries, of course, is why Hinego is so cold and disdainful toward Asdelar, and Asdelar sets after it with vigor. The banter and arguments between the two of them are very well done, the pacing is good and their pursuit of the King's niece unfolds as the tension between the two warriors gets ever thicker. There were only two things that kept th ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Not fantastic, but not too terrible either. I would've liked a bit more development with the romance, because it was never shown - we were simply told at the very end that apparently they had feelings for each other, with barely any build up to it at all. Another point that grated on me was Hinego's casual, full-on support of killing even petty thieves. For a fantasy equivalent 'officer of the law', this really jarred me. I think maybe because I am very passionately against the death sentence, a ...more
the story was on the boring side of interesting, never stilted but mostly lacking - usually some maturity in MCs' behavior or a touch of realism. (view spoiler). Sometimes it grated
L. Layale
I think this story had potential. It read more like a teen LGBT story than an MM Romance of the generalized sort. There were both subtle and overt indications and inclinations that the two MCs learned toward same-sex attractions. However the painful lack of real smut is what gave way to the 2-2.5 star rating. It had a lot of potential, but the sexuality was more of a hndsight in this story and I would have loved for it not to be; especially with Hinego being the uptight repressed alleged virgin ...more
This fantasy adventure had all the pieces to be a great story, and I felt like it was on the verge many times, but didn't quiet get there. The chemistry was just lacking a little and the world building needed to be expanded and illustrated. It's a good first read from this author, and although it needed a little more for me to fully enjoy this story, I have high hopes for this author in the future. Solid writing.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one had it all for me. It was a nice fantasy journey, and the writing reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Megan Derr.
Melissa North writes with a gentle style and the story never flagged. Gorgeous progression of UST and sniping between the mains, and although there was no sex - nope, only a kiss or two - it really was none the worse for it, because that suited its almost-medieval, fairy-tale storytelling style.
Nothing to lose it points from my POV, so had to give it 5 stars :)
I would love to read some sequels with these two protagonists! It reminds me a little of Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series, and that should say something about this book. Adventure, action, fantasy settings, some romance between two opposite men, their constant verbal clashes, in conclusion an entertaining story. Definitely this author should publish more, if she hasn't done it already.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-them
I really enjoyed this story and its characters, even though I wish it was a bit longer. The MC's relationship developed throughout the book but nothing happened between them untill the last sentence of the book, which was kind of disappointing. Hopefully there will be a sequel with these two young men and their next adventure together.
JL Lucaban
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the first time where I got furious to a character near the end part. Usually, it's on the first or middle, since that's where a character is still on the process of maturing. I like the story a lot though.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
You know, I didn't hate it. The blurb gets a bit XKCD Fiction Rule of Thumb-y, but it's a pretty all right read.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good book - just too short for all the suspense, romance and fantasy setting. On the other hand, I can't imagine it much longer than it is.
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When I can drag myself away from video games and my sketchbook, I try to get some writing done. I tend to skip from genre to genre. I prefer most types of fantasy, but also mess around with YA at times. My cat does not like all the attention my keyboard gets, and likes to sprawl across my arm to hinder any progress. Fiend.

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