Review: Warrior by Zoe Archer

Filed in Review , The HEA Lover , Zoe Archer Posted on August 9, 2010 @ 6:00 am 4 comments

Format Read: eARC
Number of Pages: 370 pages
Release Date: September 1st 2010
Publisher: Zebra
Formats Available: Paperback, eBook
Purchasing Info: GoodReads, Author’s Website, Book Depository US, Book Depository UK, Amazon

Book Blurb:

To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for Capt. Gabriel Huntley, it’s become quite real and quite dangerous…
The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond—where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn’t be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress—just what he needs.
Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artifact Thalia is after. Huntley’s assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn’t easy to deceive…

My Thoughts:

I will admit that what first caught my eyes was the cover of this book. I find it gorgeous. (Indiana Jones anyone? lol) I remember seeing it on someone’s sidebar and I had to know more about this book. (see? it sometimes pay to be a cover whore *wink*). I loved the cover but that would not have been enough alone to win me over. The book synopsis promised a mix of adventure and historical romance. I was sold! I can’t thank Zoe Archer enough for sending me an ARC.
I loved Warrior. I’m still in a Historical phase (And I needed my fix!) but Warrior is that and so much more. The story takes place in the 1870s, but not in your usual England setting…no it is set in Mongolia! I never thought I would love reading about Mongolia this much. To be truthful the book was a bit slow to start. Well not that nothing happens in the beginning, quite the contrary, so MANY things happened that it made it a bit difficult to ‘know’ the characters and to like them. But since the moment the characters are introduced to the tribe I couldn’t put this book down.
It was a real pleasure to learn more about Mongolian culture and the life in the tribe. I was really fascinated (I even googled ‘Mongolian Clothing’ to picture it better). Zoe Archer transport us to an exotic country and show us the beauty of it. We get to really know the characters in the second half of the book and I started loving them. The relationship between Thalia and Gabriel became very interesting and we have some very hot scenes. I laughed quite a few times too, Gabriel is sexy AND funny.
Thalia our heroine, is not your typical English Lady. Thalia loves to ride, she knows how to use a crossbow and she wears practical clothes. Most of all she doesn’t mind Gabriel swearing and she is not waiting for someone else to save her. She is a strong woman who wants to do something with her life. She believes in the cause she is defending. *pats Thalia’s head*. Gabriel is…*drools* …sorry I mean Gabriel is fantastic. He was in the army and the prospect of living a ‘normal’ life is just not for him. He didn’t think twice before launching himself in this adventure. I really like this hero, his sense of humor and all his swearing are a big part of his charm.
The story is original and it really felt like an adventure. We discover a side of the world we didn’t know, a world full of Magic. The story kept on surprising me and I wanted more! We are introduced to some characters that will be the heroes of the following books. And I can’t wait! I’m pretty sure I will LOVE Bennett *drools* (Hero of Scoundrel).

I give Warrior 4 1/2 Bookies

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Emily August 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Sounds like a great story! I've read a lot of buzz about this series so I'm definitely looking forward to reading it. 😀

  • pattepoilue August 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    @Emily It really IS a great book. And I've hard the second book Scoundrel is even better *g* I can't wait to read it 😉 This is a very fun series

  • Andrea I August 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    It looks like a very good book. I love the cover.

  • pattepoilue August 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    @Andrea I Ain't he yummy? *wink* Very good book to start a very promising series =)

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