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  • Mass Market Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books; Original edition (Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773619
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 16.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,559,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
More than a typical romance novel 8 Feb 2009
By JYK - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I came across the book by chance, not having read the previous books in the series. Even without the background, the story was easy to follow. The author wove a story of intergalactic intrigue and betrayal while still staying true to the main and two side romances. Both the hero and the heroine are strong, complicated people who overcome their brutal upbringing to find their inner goodness and also find each other. Very well written.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A heartwarming science fiction thriller 7 Mar 2009
By Leslie Tramposch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just as traitors inside the Coalition has been responsible for the kidnapping of the goddess queen, Keira, one closest to the Drakken Warlord had been responsible for his fall. Battlelord Aral Mawndarr had allowed the ship carrying the Queen's consort, Prince Jared Jasper of Earth, to breach the Warlord's flotilla. Together the royal pair had ended the Warlord's reign of terror, by ending his life, and a centuries old war in a near bloodless coup as Draaken believers had finally stood up to be counted.

This left Aral only two further pieces of business to attend to, the arrest and execution of his father Karbon Mawndarr, and the rescue of the Warlord's secret daughter, Awrenkka. Wren had been neglected by her father much as her people had been. Once, barely in her teens, he had seen fit to summon her to his presence only to parade her before the most powerful men in the Empire, a prize to be dangled and won by the man who garnered her father's favor. Poor Wren was hardly a prize except in the power a marriage to her would bestow on her unwanted mate. Denied the medical care even the lowest born in the Coalition took as a birthright, shy Wren was undersized and wore thick glasses that barely compensated for her poor eyesight. The room had been filled with cruel and powerful men like her father, except for one, a boy whose eyes had reflected the same loneliness and suffering she'd felt in her own heart, until, afraid of his father's scrutiny he'd hardened his expression. She's never forgotten the boy nor he her.

Karbon Mawndarr had been an even worse father than the Warlord he worshipped. Aral would have preferred to have been neglected compared to the daily beatings he'd suffered in his father's effort to subjugate his spirit. He had never succumbed but had followed his father's career path, becoming a Battlelord, currying the Warlord's favor until he'd become a favorite, until the man he had been granted the man's daughter's hand in marriage. He had fallen for the Wren at first sight recognizing a kindred spirit. Suddenly afraid he had quickly hidden his feelings, knowing that his father would have vied for her hand if only to deny his son's happiness. As a favored Draaken warrior, Aral had been working covertly as a Coalition spy. Now with the Warlord dead and peace restored, he was an unsung hero. Soon his cruel father would also be put to death for his crimes, and he would be free. But the Coalition had one last assignment for Aral: Find the Warlord's daughter and bring her into custody. He would find her all right, but on his own terms.

The woman he loved was not safe, not from anyone. Drakken loyalists would be seeking her, hoping to restore the Empire to glory through her DNA. The new Triad government would do anything to prevent that from happening, even if that meant executing an innocent soul for her father's crimes. A bounty had been placed on Wren's head. The entire universe is looking for her. Now his only duty is to find her before anyone else did and protect her with his very life if need be.

On her own after a lifetime of a sheltered existence, Wren has been charged with a sacred mission of her own. She holds the key, passed down by the mother she couldn't remember to the woman who loved her like one. In her dying breath Wren's guardian Sabra had charged her with finding Ara Ana, the long forgotten birthplace of the goddesses, to uncover a treasure and make the galaxy whole. Well disguised thanks to her late guardian, Wren is evacuated from the planet along with other Drakken refugees. Not knowing who she can trust in the crowded refugee camp, Wren quickly becomes paranoid, feeling that all eyes are upon her. Little does she know that the entire universe is searching for a composite of her genetically perfect parents, not an undersized, nearsighted, scrap of a woman.

Trader, Keir Vantos is an opportunist. Since everyone in the galaxy is looking for a royal beauty he decides to search for the exact opposite hoping that his intuition would land him the lucrative bounty. Aral Mawndarr knows exactly who he's looking for and where to find her. As luck would have it both find her, at the same time.

Unbeknownst to Aral, his father has escaped and the Triad government could not disallow the possibility that Karbon had been aided by his son. Now Aral was wanted as well. Their only way off the refugee planet is on the trader's ship. Fortunately, Wren can offer a bribe that makes the bounty on her head look like chump change.

And they're off, on a race to find Ana Ara before anyone else does. Little do they know their biggest competition will come from TAS Captain Hadley Keyren and the crew of the Cloud Shadow, whose security officer just happens to be a memory impaired, former Drakken wraith assassin by the name of Bolivaar who could very will determine all of their fates.

Of all Susan Grant's novels, this was my favorite of all. It had everything I love in a story - romance, intrigue, action, adventure and of course a happy ending. THE WARLORD'S DAUGHTER took two lost and lonely children, one neglected the other abused, and gave them strength and character to put an entire universe to rights or die trying. Both have the right stuff to do what needs to be done on their own but together they are all but invincible. There is not an abundance of steamy love scenes but IMHO they are not necessary as the connection Ms. Grant establishes between the pair is undeniably soul deep. For a science fiction thrill ride that touches the heart, I highly recommend this tale. ~ Reviewed for PNR Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What a ride! 7 Mar 2009
By Reader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a LONG time Futuristic and Science Fiction Romance fan. There are only a handful of authors out there in this genre that consistently write a good tale that is not erotica (or bordering on it). Susan Grant is one of them. I've read everything the lady has written. I adored her Star King series and Contact.

I was lukewarm on the first book of her Otherworldly Men series but really liked the second and third books. When I found I was lukewarm on her last book, the first of The Borderlands series, I hoped I was noticing a trend.

Yup, I was right.

The Warlord's Daughter blew me away. I couldn't put it down. This is the best thing she has written since The Star King. If you have been longing for the rip-roaring action, adventure, and intrigue of her earlier books, with a side-order of Sci-Fi and Romance, then this book is a must read.

The main romance in this book is about Wren (the daughter of the evil Supreme Warlord of the Drakken Horde) and Aral (the son of the evil Battlelord Karbon Mawndarr). It is a tale of soul mates, love at first sight, recognition of kindred spirits. After one brief meeting they never forgot each other. Their shared memory gave them the strength and hope to persevere. Separated by years of war, when they are reunited by chance, the seed that was planted so long ago is finally allowed to grow.

Hadley and Bolivarr from Moonstruck return. Bolivarr is still struggling to regain his memory and Hadley is now a Captain and given command of her first ship. It isn't necessary to have read Moonstruck to follow their story in this book. Susan fills in enough back-story so you won't feel lost.

Unaware of each other, the two groups begin the hunt to find the lost treasure of the Goddesses. At the same time, the newly formed Triad and the Drakken resistance are searching for both Wren and Aral.

The 1000 year war between the Coalition and the Drakken is finally over. Or is it?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
terrific military science fiction romance 3 Feb 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The two powerful civilizations are on the brink of the final battle to determine who will dominate the galaxy. The brutal Draaken Empire informs Battlelord Aral Mawdarr that none of the Coalition fleet is to get past the Warlord's Flotilla. However, he has switched alliances and plans to see the end of the brutal empire that his father worships as a man of power. Aral expects his award will be THE WARLORD'S DAUGHTER, Awrenkka promised to him as his bride ten years ago when she was thirteen.

His treachery works leaving the Warlord dead, but the offspring in danger as everyone wants her; the Draaken to begin a revival while the Coalition to end that revival; even earth is interested in her. Forging a Triad, they seek her while Aral also searches for his vanished fiancée, who plans to destroy a mythical treasure to keep it out of the hands of any warrior regardless of loyalties. That was her intention until she reconsiders when Aral finds his Wren.

The latest Borderlands military science fiction romance (see MOONSTRUCK, YOUR PLANET OR MINE, MY FAVORITE EARTHLING, and HOW TO LOSE AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL IN 10 DAYS) is a terrific entry as betrayal for various reasons is the norm. Aral is a fascinating character who has played the dangerous game of traitor for several years while inside the inner most advisory circle to the Warlord; his stealth skill might seem implausible but espionage cases like Ames and Walker prove otherwise. In many ways Wren is the more intriguing protagonist as she goes from total isolation to being the most wanted person in the galaxy. Fans of the Draaken-Coalition War will enjoy the latest saga as the battles may be over for now, but the hostility remains heated.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Weakest of the series 5 Dec 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was excited to read this book, but made sure I read Moonstruck first since it was the next in line after the trilogy that started with Your Planet or Mine. I really enjoyed Moonstruck more than I thought I would and was looking forward to this one. It disappointed. It wasn't a bad story, the characters were likable, but there was no real emotional connection with the main characters. I usually finish a book in a day or 2 just because I get so involved and can't put it down until I know everything that happens, but this one I put down with a 1/4 of the book left and couldn't get back to it for about a week or two and it didn't bother me. If a book has me hooked I wouldn't have been able to stop thinking about the story and found the time to finish it. The secondary stories had me more hooked then the main one, but even those were a bit anti-climactic. The action (what there was of it) was pretty unexciting, the romance wasn't really anything extraordinary and even though the story line had a lot of potential, it just didn't come together as well as her other stories. I am about to start the Star series because even though this wasn't my favorite I have read enough of Susan Grant to know that the majority of her books are very, very good.
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