Spoils of War is the first book I’ve read by Kari Gregg and it won’t be my last! I loved, loved, LOVED this book and I hated for it to come to an end! I was immediately captivated by the main hero, Micah, and I wasn’t able to pull myself from the story until I read the very last word.
As a child Micah was kidnapped and turned into a slave for Xerxes the King of Herra. He is kept malnourished so he will not grow, and has to endure horrendous hardships every day to survive. As time has progressed, Micah remembers less and less of his life before his slavery, so being a slave becomes almost comfortable for him. But, at eighteen, Micah is turned into a pleasure slave. He is molested almost daily and there are times where Micah almost loses the will to live. One night he is rescued by a man who claims Micah is a prince from another land. At first, Micah is confused and scared, but the more he is around his rescuer, Eli, the more he comes to trust him and soon fall in love with him. But, the journey to his father’s kingdom is a long one, and Micah and Eli must fight to get there safely. Micah must also fight for what he wants most in this world…which is Eli.
I loved both Micah and Eli’s characters. Spoils of War is told in first person under Micah’s point of view. Normally, I do not like first person romances, but I loved this one because I adored Micah so much I appreciated reading his thoughts and feelings throughout the book. This made him more ‘real’ in my opinion and so easy to care for. Despite his small statue, Micah has a tough inner strength that I loved. There is definitely more to Micah than meets the eye and I loved him.
Eli is another wonderful character and he’s so perfect for Micah. His inner and physical strength makes it easy for Micah to trust and learn to love him. Heck, I was half in love with him myself. He has such patience with Micah and he touches him with loving hands that was truly beautiful to read. Like Micah, there is much more to Eli than meets the eye. I loved unraveling the mystery behind him almost as much as Micah did!
I know that because of the horrible things that Micah must endure while he is a slave that this might turn some people off. But, let me say that Micah’s determination to get through his life as a slave and the amazing and all-consuming love that he experiences with Eli makes this book worth reading. I hope that those who would normally turn away from it, give it a chance…Micah and Eli will surely steal your heart!
I’m HOPING that there will be more of Micah and Eli in the future! It ends with a Happy Ever After, but there are some unresolved things that I hope will be addressed with a sequel to this amazing book. Spoils of War has earned a spot on my keeper shelf where I know I’ll re-read it for many years to come. Ms. Gregg has an interesting and informative website. Here is the link if you are interested: http://www.karigregg.com
Reissued Review: New Publisher - Originally Reviewed 2010-12-19
Enslaved during the invasion of the rival King of Herra, Micah cut off his emotions and adapted to his new life in servitude. Xerxes, the Herran King, abuses his captive to keep the neighboring kingdom of Alekia under his yoke, but after Micah nearly dies when plague sweeps Herra, the Alekian King sends Eli to bring his beloved son home. Conditioned by his slavery, unable to cope with his freedom, Micah seeks to please the new master he's found in Eli throughout their harrowing journey to a homeland he no longer remembers. Eli protects the young man and introduces Micah to the pleasures denied him as a prisoner.
Will Micah accept his noble birthright when they reach Alekia, and more importantly, can he accept Eli as the devoted slave his father has given him rather than the master he's come to love?
Note: This book was previous released under the same title by another publisher. It has been re-edited and revised in this version.