Title: Soldier Mine (The Thresl Chronicles)
Author: Amber Kell
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Futuristic M/M, Shifters
Length: 161 pages
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: Shifters in space! A fun read that would have been better with more world building.
When Kreslan is attacked in the cargo hold he bonds with a shape shifting beast who turns out to be the reincarnated leader of an entire planet. Will Kreslan be willing to give up an ordinary man to partner with an extraordinary creature who just happens to hold Kres’ heart in his possessive claws?
Amber Kell’s books are on my auto-buy list. When I am in the mood for something light, fun and usually paranormal-centered, I look to her. Soldier Mine takes the unique turn of being set in space in a futuristic society that also has the bonding trope. Kreslan is a soldier who while guarding a shape-shifting Thresl finds himself accidentally bonded to the beast. In the process his whole life changes as he learns what it means to be one-half of a mated pair.
What I liked about this novel, besides that it was IN SPACE, was the characters and the plot. Vohne is the Thresl who Kres winds up bonded to and he’s awesome. Turns out he’s the king of his planet, not sure if that makes Kres his queen or consort, but they are very amusing together. They also share a past — think past lives — and have great chemistry. They work better as a pair which is shown by Kres becoming a stronger, better soldier after his bonding. The plot is also interesting. Not your typical shifter book as Thresls shift into what their mate desires. So, if Kres is a soldier and gay, his Thresl permanently shifts into a hot, buff guy who can match Kres in the kick-ass department. If Kres had been a diplomat, his Thresl would have become the perfect diplomat’s companion. So, I found that aspect to be fascinating and original for the genre.
My only real niggles were that some of the world building contradicts itself. For example, early in the book it states that Thresls only mate with one person for life (and sometimes the afterlife), but Vohne’s brother has been mated three times. Also, as with other books who use shifters, the only female characters turn out to be villains. One day, I’d like to see some kick-ass female characters in a shifter book and Soldier Mine would have been perfect for that. Think Ripley from the Alien franchise. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be. Maybe in the sequel?
Recommended for shifter lovers like me and readers who love a sci-fi themed m/m romance.