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Hynd leads a lonely life, suffering the lingering effects of a debilitating illness and rejected by most of society because of it. He has spent most of a decade investigating the disappearance of the Seventh Dragoons, content to immerse himself in the frustrating search and the book he is writing about it.When his sister comes to him about a handsome man eager to meet him,Hynd leads a lonely life, suffering the lingering effects of a debilitating illness and rejected by most of society because of it. He has spent most of a decade investigating the disappearance of the Seventh Dragoons, content to immerse himself in the frustrating search and the book he is writing about it.When his sister comes to him about a handsome man eager to meet him, Hynd can scarcely believe his luck, unable to recall the last time somebody wanted to be near him and did not fear or revile him for his illness.But Julius has come only to see Hynd's research, hoping to learn what happened to the Seventh and prove that his great-grandfather was not a traitor. And while an assistant in his research is not what Hynd had hoped for, it's better than nothing. And maybe between the two of them the mystery of the Seventh can at last be put to rest…...

Title : Seventh
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ISBN : 9781620045541
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Number of Pages : 399 Pages
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Seventh Reviews

  • Relly
    2018-11-12 03:33

    Review copy from Netgalley 4.5 StarsI really enjoyed this one. Hynd Perrett is a royal scholar who is a survivor of a terrible disease called “Blight’s” that he was infected with at the age of 14. After spending a year in an asylum he was released when he went into remission. The disease has left him horribly disfigured with painful scars on his face and a deformed hand. The author does a good job conveying his aloneness and embarrassment in the face of other peoples fear and disgust. Even with his gentle temperament he is no walk over. He doesn’t allow anyone to befriend him unless it is in the open, he will never allow himself to become the invisible friend. His relationship with his sister Alycia is also well developed. She is his champion in a world where unfortunately he needs one.Hynd is writing a book about the mysterious disappearance of the Seventh Dragoon and while researching his sister Alycia introduces him to Julius Ocere a man who has a personal interest, due to his great grandfather being accused of their murders. Their first meeting ends terribly. Julius Ocere is a hard character to get a read on in the beginning. His reactions in the beginning are a pure human reaction. He is clearly wary and scared of Hynd’s disease but at the same time trying his best to move past it. He is upfront with Hynd stating that he only wants his knowledge and access to his materials, not a relationship.Their relationship was well done. It was definitely a slow burn, which worked in this book. They became friends first, so Julius’s turnabout was easy to understand. He got to know the man not the disease.The story kept me entertained with the mystery of the Dragoons, with pieces of the puzzle fitting together nicely in the end. I will definitely be looking up more of this author’s work

  • MLE
    2018-12-06 02:42

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I liked that the rejection Hynd felt was real, and had more to do with fear of the disease he was in remission from than his disfigurement. Hynd wasn't simply moping away in his home, but faced persecution, and harassment when he went outside. My introduction to Julius wasn't promising, but I liked that he grew over the course of the story. I appreciated that both Hynd and Julius had to learn to trust each other, and both men had their own issues and problems to deal with. Julius may have been beautiful, but that in no way made his life perfect. The side characters were also interesting, and well developed. The plot of the story was interesting, and I found myself drawn into the mystery as much as the characters. I liked the time they spent researching, and how it served to help the characters understand each other. I liked how the secondary cast fit into the plot of the story. They weren't merely props, and some grew as much as the main characters. The ending was well done, and I appreciated that things didn't work out quite the way I was afraid they might. Overall a really nice story, perfect for my weekend away.

  • YullSanna
    2018-11-19 23:49

    Одна из тех книг, где у всех (или почти всех) героев есть раздражающая привычка. Где-то они поголовно прикусывают нижнюю губу, где-то пожимают плечами без конца, здесь все краснеют. От стыда, смущения, радости, желания... Вообще в моем понимании это не самая привлекательная черта у мужчины, поэтому мне всякий раз этот стыдливый румянец бросался в глаза и раздражал. И ХЭ довольно приторный вышел, я бы предпочла каплю реализма в конце, но увы((

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-11-12 01:44

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsSeventh is a wonderfully compact tale that allows two great characters to explore and unravel an interesting mystery. Though the plot feels a little rushed by the end, it is generally well paced and the action unfolds naturally. The mystery surrounding the Seventh isn’t terribly complex, but it blends well into the wider narrative and is satisfyingly resolved. Seventh reads as something of a historical fantasy set against a very relatable backdrop that feels Regency in style. There is enough exploration of the world to provide a solid context for the action and to raise the reader’s interest, without info dumping or getting bogged down with information that doesn’t move the story forward. The author has done a wonderful job of providing a strong plot that rarely feels lacking in depth.The characters are equally well rendered. It is easy to feel sympathy towards Hynd, given his tragic background and his quiet loneliness. But he never seems desperate or becomes an object of pity and that makes him genuinely likable. He is still gentle enough to have his feelings hurt but does not allow the fear of rejection or embarrassment to cripple him. His focus on the Seventh Dragoons was a passion that spoke volumes to me. I think most historians have one story or battle or person with which they are obsessed. So that particular aspect of Hynd’s personality really rang true.Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  • Hart
    2018-11-26 23:28

    4.5 stars rounded up. This book isn't completely perfect; there are a couple of things that could have used slightly more exploration, but they were really minor. Overall, this is a lovely book, well-written and charming. Both the mystery plot and the romance develop at a steady pace, and while the mystery was definitely interesting, it was the romance that captured my attention. It's not an overly complex romance, but it's believable and sweet. There isn't a lot of world-building in this book; to be honest I felt that without the fictional disease, it could have been set in our world. It's kind of a vaguely late-1800s, British setting, but that's not too important. It had to be pseudo-historical for the plot to work; these people desperately needed a central source of information about the Blight. The only reason that (view spoiler)[Julius rejects Hynd in the beginning is that he believes Hynd may be contagious, which isn't true (hide spoiler)]. But it's easy to imagine a world in which it's taboo to talk about something so awful. The mystery was appealing, and I didn't guess exactly how it would be resolved until everything was revealed. I've read other books in which the characters are investigating something that happened generations ago, and it can be a slightly boring type of plot. But the author did a great job of capturing Hynd's obsession with the missing dragoons, in addition to making Walsh, the long-dead author of the journals, an intriguing character in his own right. Including Walsh's over-the-top erotic musings was a great way to humanize him. I was so excited when Hynd made his discovery (view spoiler)[in the portrait gallery (hide spoiler)] and everything started to come together. And I really felt for Walsh (view spoiler)[when I learned that his lover betrayed him (hide spoiler)]. This is an enjoyable read, with some emotional depth, yet it's never heavy-handed. There's no sex scene, but I didn't think one was needed. I found Hynd's reaction to the heated kisses at the end genuinely moving. A great book, and I look forward to seeking out more of this author's work.

  • Susan Laine
    2018-12-02 06:43

    I loved this story. Hynd is such an unusual hero. His deformed appearance stood in stark opposition to Julius's handsomeness. But they have much in common. Their relationship felt natural, moving at a slow but steady pace. They grew to respect one another before falling in love. And I fell in love right along with them. A lovely fantasy world, fitting background for the engaging characters. Toward the end the two men were apart for quite a while, but I didn't see that as much of a hindrance, since it was part of the plot. The author's voice was compelling and strong, and her narrative reflected the beauty of the written word.

  • A.M.
    2018-11-29 04:53

    Oh, definitely a fave. Will 100000% reread this a thousand times. I wish more mainstream LGBT+/queer works were like this *sigh* Welp, I know I'm going to be recommending this whenever I possibly can! <3 <3

  • Filipa
    2018-11-30 01:34

    3.5 stars

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2018-11-17 02:47

    4 stars.I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Rachel White is a new author to me, and I was hesitant to request it, but it had one of my favorite tropes in reading. It's a MM Historic book, with a disfigured MC. Of course I want to read it. I think the author did a really good job with her knowledge of the time frame depicted in the story. I liked Hynd as a character. Of course I wanted to wrap him up and protect him, but he did not need it, not really. His sister was the perfect protector for him, but he did alot of defending himself. Of course I needed to look up Blight that was something new I read about. Hynd suffers from a certain type of Blight that left him disfigured in the face and right side of his body. It never stopped him from doing what he loves. He was a Rhode scholar writing a book about the Seventh Dragoons. Basically a brigade of guys that went missing 50 years ago and never heard from again. Well enters Julius he is interested in the Seventh Dragoons again. They don't get off on a good time. A few times I wanted to kick Julius in the nether regions. A few moments in the book I did tear up, Hynd has it hard. During the course of the story, I definitely feel the connection between the two, I get Hynd being skeptical of Julius reasons based on his first reaction, but Julius does not wear jealously well. I loved the historic part of the story. I hope we get to see more with these two. I would have love to see an epilogue of them, or maybe another adventure perhaps.

  • Andrea Goodell
    2018-11-16 23:45

    First, I have to say two things1. LOVED IT!2. have tissuesThis is my first book by this author, the amount of emotion that she writes in these pages is just amazing. Right from the beginning your heart breaks for Hynd and the hand that life has dealt him. But also the fact that he has resigned himself to accept the ridicule and distaste, in the way everyone around him treats him. I believe I was crying by page 3.Then in comes Julius and at first does the same thing, but at least he’s up front about his reasoning so you know where he stands but yet the way these two work together, talk together, you can’t help believing just a little.And then we have the research of the missing Dragoons, how fascinating. You really get into the mystery right along with Hynd and Julius. I even made up my own little love side story, staring the sister and a secondary character, because this author makes everyone so believable and alive.The only thing I felt confused about, was getting the actually story on how the Blight came to be/go away. Also about the Lily War. I know they were explained (a little, but it felt that a flash back from a previous bk.) but I kept feeling maybe I missed reading a prequel that introduced me to these issues.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews

  • Ayanna
    2018-12-02 04:30

    It's...well, it's perfectly all right of a book. I didn't find it particularly deep, even though it did touch upon some potentially deeper concepts. I didn't mind it as much later, especially as the context started getting built, but in the beginning I was quite annoyed with the way the "I'm hideous, no one could love me" was rendered. Not entirely unbacked by shitty treatment, later, but in the beginning, was a bit...well on its own it's rather melodramatic. And istg there was a moment where I was like "...when did I trip and fall into My Immortal?"But it built the world a bit more, etc etc.The ending resolution was way, way too idealistic. Everyone just makes nice in the end? It undercuts any sort of deeper theme that might have been touched on in any sort of meaningful way, which just sort of rendered the story shallower than it could have been. I dunno, some people go for that, though, I guess.

  • El
    2018-11-28 22:32

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (rounded up for this site)Hynd is a brilliant character. He's still suffering from the Blight that struck him a decade before, leaving him scarred and in chronic pain. He is damaged, yes, but definitely not broken. While he may go out of his way to avoid the stares, whispers, and outright-hostility of the people around him, he refuses to give in to hatred and anger. He takes solace in his research, and in his relationship with his sister.Julius Ocere, rakish and strong and most definitely not disfigured, is actually one of the weak points of the novel. His character is under-developed, and his most memorable encounters with Hynd are the ones in which he is unable to overcome his instincts, flinching away from Hynd in disgust or fear.Read the full review at Just Love.

  • JL Lucaban
    2018-12-01 02:37

    That was beautiful. Even if it's a perfect fantasy, and I'm sure some are tired of those kind of stories, it's still beautiful... heartwarming. I can't say I don't love it. It's like words alone aren't enough to convey how much I love this story. I admit that I don't much like perfect fantasies a'd romances, but this just... I can't explain it. I'll just have to suffice my self with just I love it.

  • Anne Barwell
    2018-11-23 06:37

    Loved and read in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. The characters and their world are well drawn. I liked the growing friendship/relationship between the two MCs - it felt natural, and progressed at a perfect pace for the story. I also enjoyed the mystery of the lost Seventh, both the investigation and how they finally solved it. Highly recommended.

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-07 23:31

    Ho hum historical3.5 starsVery well written and edited but not particularly riveting. Sadly, I was never really vested in the main characters or the storyline.

  • Erin
    2018-12-10 03:27

    This was a sweet romance with an interesting mystery. I would love to read more set in this universe!

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-11-20 06:42

    Seventh by Rachel White: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Milica
    2018-11-30 04:32

    4.5 starsI loved this...just loved it!

  • Nancy Wightman
    2018-11-19 04:29

    This is an engaging story with very likable characters. I'm hoping for a sequel, because the ending has a big opening for another story.