The modern world has collapsed after an apocalyptic plague. People struggle to survive, clustering into groups to rebuild what life they can. An old fashioned Feudal form of governance forms a safe place for a very new age kind of people to flourish once again. Welcome to Daniel’s Fork.
Commander William Evers is tall, handsome and he knows it. Egotistical or realistic – you decide. He has come to Daniel’s Fork after the death of their much loved leader, Strongheart, to keep the people safe and find a safe home for his family; three friends that have followed him through hell. Three friends he would die to protect.
His new title demands he protect many people, so when a man is murdered his second day in town, Will begins work to eliminate the threat, hoping to earn the respect and trust of the people and military here in the process.
And possibly the trust of the healer, but he won’t hold his breath for that. The woman is annoying,
I have to admit, I expected this story to follow a traditional romance setup. That’s not what this story is. It’s a murder mystery. A pretty good one with a couple of red herrings that were done very well. I thought I knew who the killer was, but I wasn’t sure until the end.
There were more unexpected paths in this story. Commander Will’s love life. He’s a rogue. He knows it. He darn near shouts it from the rooftops. He’s also very good to his friends, which leads us to a quite surprising M/M sex scene. It caught me off guard with this character and then I was like, “Okay we’re going there, but it’ll stop here – nope, it won’t, they’re going on. But they’ll stop at this. Huh uh. This train pulled all the way into the station. It even went for morning bliss. There are friends, and then there’s this guy. Damn.
The characters are fleshed out and put forth with an honesty that doesn’t hide from anything. Very enjoyable read. You know it’s good when you reach for the second book as soon as you’re done. Which I did. I want to know more about these four friends. A tremendous amount of back history is hinted at, and a few tidbits are offered, but I want more. They are very interesting.