How did I get it: I’m hosting a Blog Tour Stop tomorrow (Thursday, June 30th) for The Bookish Snob Promotions.
Why did I get it: I was intrigued by the cover. I also keep hearing great things about Stacey Kennedy’s Magical Sword Series so I wanted to give one or more of her books a try. And I also liked that the story takes place in Chicago because that’s close to where I live.
How I would rate it: 4 out of 5 stars.
Decades old guilt collide with a murder, igniting a battle in a warrior’s soul to choose between love and duty…
Murder has brought Talon, Master of Guardians, as well as Zia, his witch and Master of Witches, to Chicago. The manner of death appears to be a suicide, but Talon is far from ready to close the case. To avenge the Guardian linked to his past, he agrees to take on the assignment, and find her killer.
As they dive deeper into the investigation, they find themselves entering a world where BDSM is the norm. A lifestyle that Zia is uncomfortable with and, rattled by this new development, she is more than ready to return to the Otherworld. But their investigation quickly takes an unexpected twist when they discover that they’re not only hunting a killer but also someone who is controlling supernaturals in Chicago.
Their mission not only brings danger, but also forces Talon to deal with decades old guilt that corrodes his soul. Every event that unfolds only deepens his fight and pushes him to face an ultimate choice—what is more important—his duty to the Otherworld or the witch he holds closest to his heart?
Review: A Warrior’s Witch was typical, I think, of Paranormal Romance but in a good way. What I mean is that this book is more along the lines of what I keep expecting this subgenre to ultimately be and so I was quite pleased with it over all.
The story itself worked well for me and I liked the balance of romance, action, and humor. I really thought the opening was great in particular and that the pacing was pretty terrific. There was plenty of interesting dialogue too, and I liked watching the case develop.
Oddly enough, I liked both of the main characters and I actually liked them both equally. This rarely ever happens to me so I am very pleased about that. I also liked the way Zia and Talon approached the case as well as each other because they had plenty of chemistry. (So much chemistry. *fans self*) I definitely liked that they both had priorities that included and didn’t include one another like Kyden, Talon’s son, and Nexi, Talon’s daughter-in-law. Especially Kyden. I am, of course, a sucker for basically single fathers raising sons so I found their conversation towards the end of the book was super sweet. The fact that the case remained just as important as the romance and that the book had a real, solid conclusion were additional perks.
Occasionally I felt more needed to be shown instead of told in terms of the writing. Part of that I think is just unavoidable in a novel that is 132 pages long, of course. And eventually some insight was given into the deep connection leading up to the established relationship between Zia and Talon, but I sort of wish the book had opened with that instead of ended with it.
Don’t get me wrong though. Over all, I really, really liked everything about A Warrior’s Witch as well as Zia and Talon. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more Otherworld Romances and hopefully reading more books by Stacey Kennedy in the near future!
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of Paranormal Romance who is looking for a fun read with cool characters with a hearty amount of chemistry, check this book out.
Also: Be sure to check back tomorrow for a Guest Post and a Reader’s Choice Giveaway from Stacey Kennedy!