Sometimes choosing between love and family means choosing between life and death.
Aston Smith, Knight of Fridel, has been sent on a dangerous mission: catch The Rogue Royal, a notorious man who has been killing corrupt monarchs. When the mission goes wrong, the knight is sentenced to death. To escape his fate, he runs, planning to track down the murderer and clear his name.
Along the way, he meets and teams up with Jade du Halen, who he thinks is just another woman. Secretly, she is the runaway princess of Adion who denied her duties as a princess and refused to marry the man her father had chosen for her. Instead, she convinces Aston that she can clear his name, joining him on his hunt for justice.
Can these two individuals hide from their hunters, catch The Rogue Royal, and live happily ever after? Or will Jade’s secret tear them apart?
In a story told from the perspectives of five individuals, lives are changed forever, reputations are destroyed, love is found and lost, and betrayal is never far behind.
So my wonderful, awesome friend, Jami Montgomery self-published her book, Knight's End so I just had to buy a copy. And it was just as amazing as I expected it to be. And I'm not saying that just because she's my friend.
First off, the characters were fairly realistic. Jade, the heroine, was a brave daring princess who didn't want to marry the first man her father pawned her off on. Jade was brave but reckless at times, smart but sometimes it didn't seem like she thought some things through the whole way. Our wonderful hero, Aston was brave, courageous, and intelligent. He was kind hearted and took his duties as a knight seriously. And the other characters were just as good as well.
Plus not only that, but Jami's characters all developed nicely over the course of the story. At first I completely hated Talbot but in the end I came to understand him, even almost like him. And Ernst, oh wow, I don't even know where to begin. I think that Jami did a wonderful job on his character. He was the villain but you understood why, almost even agreeing. He wasn't evil for the sake of being evil, no he had friends and family too, and an actual reason for doing what he did. He was sane and you could see kindness in him every once in while. And all the secondary characters were wonderful. Aston's friends were wonderful people.
And the plot was good too. I finished the book in about a day and the whole time I was reading it, I kept wondering if Jade's scorned husband-wanna-be was going to get her or if Aston was going to clear his name or not. There was romance, but thankfully, no love triangles! And the romance wasn't super heavy but I think Jami did a good job on developing the romance and making it seem realistic. It wasn't real graphic, but it was nice.
And the end! Oh my gosh! I cried! It was one of those I-love-it-but-I-hate-it-at-the-same-time endings. When I talked to her later that night, I yelled at her. And now not only do I have to wait for the next one, but now I'm trying to figure out who in the world could have done it.
As for the writing and things like that, there was a few spelling mistakes here and there. But that's okay I think because she edited it herself. And for editing it herself, she did a very good job. But the writing was a little simple at times, but it worked I think. And at other times there were a few parts where I wondered if the characters would really have those kinds of things back in their time period, but other then that, nothing jumped out at me for being bad.
On Goodreads: Knight's End
Website/facebook page: Jami Montgomery