Fighting for you is the second book in the Lifesworn series by Megan Derr and published by Nine Star Press. I’ll admit to not reading the first book in the series, but I got curious when I read the blurb for this one. I’m very happy I did so too, because I liked this short story. If I wasn’t reviewing this book, it would have gotten a five star rating.
On to the review!
The story is set around Penli – Lord William Kerry Penlington – who has followed his friend Shanna to the kingdom of Remnien. Her story is told in the first book in the series: Lifesworn. There is a lifelong rivalry between Penli and another lord from that kingdom, the bully Tishashanti. When Penli meets Tishanshanti’s fiance he can’t stand idly by and has to help Teia and his lifesword Sendaar. What ensues is a romance and a series of challenges that might cost Penli everything.
The story is told from Penli’s point of view and as a reader you get a full view of him, his character, his thoughts and motivation. He tries to come off as rough and tough, but he is a softy at heart. I loved how he tried to help Teia and Sendaar. His interactions with them are cute and sweet and oh yeah, very hot too!
The story relies heavily on the introduction of some of the characters in the previous story. There are some inside jokes you get when you read the first book – which I really have to do soon!
What I found harder was that Teia and Sendaar are mere bystanders in the story. We get a good view of them through Penli and the main focus of the story is on him, but they played an important role, yet even though they are sweet and you see the devotion the two have for each other and for Penli, it was hard to see the full picture. The story is also short, so I get why the focus is on Penli, but I would have loved to get more info on Teia and Sendaar. It also would have given the story a rounder feel. There was no interaction with Teia’s family either even if they played a big role in the conflict.
The writing is classic Megan Derr. It’s strong, flowing and draws you straight into the story and makes it so you just can’t help but love the characters and the story itself. I always love the details you get in stories by this author. Details on the surroundings, clothes and the world without it being an info dump. The world of the Lifesworn is an interesting fantasy world.
I loved this story! My only issue was not getting enough of it and the lack of page-time for the secondary characters. From the first page I was drawn into the story and wanted to see Penli get his happily ever after. The story is also a set-up for the next story in the world and I’m already curious as we got a glimpse of Omar in this story.
You can read Fighting for you without reading the first book in the series, but you do miss some of the story and the insight into Shanna and her partner’s characters.