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Title: Stygian’s Honor

Author: Lora Leigh

Series: Breeds, book 27

Grade: C

Publication date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis: Window Rock, Arizona, is the last known location of Honor Roberts, who vanished when she was just thirteen. It was her only sanctuary from the Breed research that would surely have ended in her death—one such insidious experiment should, indeed, have killed her. That she lived is both a miracle—and a great mystery.

Stygian’s mission is to find Honor Roberts, no matter the cost. Now, with the help of Liza Johnson, assistant to the chief of the Navajo Nation, he is closer than ever to his goal. But will the discovery of Honor Roberts mean the destruction of the mating heat that has developed between Stygian and Liza?

Review: I’ve always enjoyed Lora Leigh’s Breeds series, so I decided to go ahead and buy this book and post a review. “Stygian’s Honor” got a C/3 stars from me because about a third of the way through the book, a major secret in the book was obvious to not only the reader but to at least three main characters in the book.

I agree with other reviewers that this was frustrating at times but I believe the author was trying to show the struggle Liza was going through and how it impacted Stygian’s mission. Even so, Lora Leigh could have revealed it earlier and let the H/H deal with it in the open rather than avoiding the truth for so long.

However, I still enjoyed reading the story of Wolf Breed Stygian and Navajo Nation member (or so it seems at first) Liza, as well as learning more about what happened to the ‘Mystery Four’ as I’ve dubbed them – Honor, Fawn, Judd and Gideon. The four children who escaped an experimental Breeds lab about 20 years ago and who’ve been hunted down ever since by The Genetics Council and The Bureau of Breed Affairs.

I wish some progress could have been made though on solving Amber’s illness. Amber is the daughter of Rachel and Jonas Wyatt, head of The Bureau of Breed Affairs. Jonas adopted her and considers her just as much his daughter as a child that had his DNA.

Amber was injected with a DNA-altering serum by a former Council member who went mad trying to use the Breeds’ genetics to reverse his age/find the fountain of youth.

The search for the ‘Mystery Four’ is being driven by Jonas’ belief that they hold the key to healing her yet no real progress is made in “Stygian’s Honor”, a very  frustrating thing indeed for Jonas and the reader. I hope book 28, which may feature Liza’s friend and fellow Navajo Nation member, Claire Martinez, moves things along.

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