The paladins of the Hopegiver serve as pillars of the community. Commoners view them as immune to the normal vices of pride, lust, and jealousy. However, each worries about their hearts and the hearts of their comrades. The love between two males is accepted by their god, but it does not stop others from questioning their choices.
Rasvim, a fox, wishes only to be with the person he cares about. Vorel, the wolf leader, hopes to keep his chapel together throughout any hardship or complication. The mouse Acton sleeps with every female he can to avoid his true desires. His oldest male friend, Mier, just wants to make him happy.
When more zealous individuals find out about these desires, how will the chapel remain intact against powerful religious figures? Can love coexist with faith?
Set in the fantasy universe of Bestira, Within Hallowed Walls is a work of anthropomorphic fiction for adult readers only.
The first chapter of this book really worried me, and I was afraid I’d made the wrong decision by picking up this book. You see, this book follows multiple characters and it switches between them multiple times per chapter. This is something I am pretty allergic to, and they switched so many times in the first chapter, that I became highly annoyed.
However, being the die-hard that I am, I didn’t quit there and just kept on reading. It’s a good thing I did too, because the story gets gradually nicer the further you get into the book. Especially the parts with the Oracle were highly enjoyable. The “side story” that takes place around Torr was also a joy to read. I got really into the book as soon as those events took place.
A thing I found was quite a shame, was that the relationships between the characters were already pretty much defined, especially the one between Vorel and Rasvim. I love seeing romantic relationships develop, which is why my favourite couple in the book couldn’t be any other than Mier and Acton.
The ending of the book really got me excited for the sequel, as Halden promises to go on a treasure hunt in the next book, which is something I absolutely love. It’s a real shame I don’t have the sequels in my possession yet. This is only a matter of time, however.