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Hal’s Story in: Gift of Honor by Alexa Aston

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

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Gift of Honor

Hal’s Story in: Gift of Honor by Alexa Aston
by Alexa Aston
Series: Knights of Honor #8
Also in this series: Code of Honor, Journey to Honor, Bold in Honor
Published by Dragonblade Publishing
on July 17th, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 224
Format: e-book
Source: ARC
Rating: 5 Stars



Two outcasts come together . . . and find the gift of love....

1387 A.D. – As a royal guardsmen to King Richard II, Sir Hal de Montfort places duty above all else. When a royal rebellion threatens the king’s power, Hal is caught up in a political game and ends up losing everything dear to him. Broken in spirit and stripped of all knightly possessions, he begins the long journey to Kinwick, his parents’ home.

Because Lady Elinor Swan wasn’t the expected male heir, her unforgiving father exiles her from her home of Whitley after her mother dies during childbirth. Elinor is taken in by the estate’s falconer and spends years training to be a falconer herself. She rescues Hal when he is injured by highwaymen. As he heals physically and she teaches him about working with raptors, Hal regains his confidence and becomes a better man than the charming, lighthearted knight of the royal court he’d once been.

Will Elinor learn how to fit into a world she’s never been a part of—especially after she fears she will be blamed for the death of a noblewoman who bore her a grudge?

Join Hal and Elinor as they learn about each other and what counts most in life.

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I’ve practically waited a long time for Hal’s story. That cute little rambunctious kid, all grown up and a knight no less. A ladies man through and through, I enjoyed seeing Hal grow up (in character) in this story. Gift of Honor, follows Hal’s journey through the tumultuous time of King Richard II’s rule of England; and finding love as well.

Hal certainly does not have it easy being a knight during King Richard II’s rule. This little back story takes place throughout the books in this series and it’s nice to learn a little history at the same time. (BTW, it’s not necessary to read these books in order). Serving King and Country is what he has learned to do and wants to live up to his Brother’s and Father’s example.


Through unfortunate circumstances Hal finds himself bereft of his honor and shamed. On his desolate journey back to his home he encounters Elinor. Although, one might say it’s wasn’t in the best of circumstances. However, their love does bloom in the close confines of a little cottage and through the bonding with falcons.


Now, it’s Elinor’s story that really pulls at the heartstrings. Why is it that there always has to be a harpy of a woman behind every heartbreaking story? (well make that: one horrible Father, one spineless Cousin, and one absolutely horrendous (deserved her fate) harpy of a woman). But I digress. I did find that I enjoy my heart being dragged through mud before receiving my reward of reading a HEA.


Elinor was an interesting character in that she is a Medieval woman who knows about Falconry. (Put that down as one of my favorite jobs a historical heroine can have.) That also includes, her independence and as her relationship with Hal grew, her sense of low self worth. The “I’m not good enough for him” mentality. Which, in fact, made me want to shake her towards the end of the story. But, I still loved her, and her story.


The de Montfort’s are truly a fictional family that every one would want to have. I just love them all. They always get together in some way shape or form in each book and the current hero/heroine benefit from it. All in all, I enjoyed A Gift of Honor tremendously.

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About Alexa Aston

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Alexa Aston’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love.

She is the author of The Knights of Honor, a medieval romance series that takes place in 14th century England during the reign of Edward III and centers on the de Montfort family. Each romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.

A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and can’t get enough of Fixer Upper or Game of Thrones. Alexa also writes romantic suspense, western historical, and standalone medieval novels as Lauren Linwood.

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Siran Toukhanian

It sounds like you weren’t disappointed. I might think about getting this book.


This sounds like an interesting read. It has been awhile since I read stories of this nature. Great review.

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I love historical fiction; it’s neat how this story ties into prior books in the series. I agree it’s cool how the heroine knows about Falconry. I’d be interested in checking out this story!

Mary Kirkland

That sounds like an interesting story. Not sure it’s my kind of book but I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I think it’s cool that she knows about falconry. What a treat seeing a character grow up and finally get his own story. Glad you enjoyed this. It has been a while since I’ve read a story from this period.

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