Deva Morgan has reached her thirtieth birthday. And while for most people that would be a time for celebration, for half-human, half-Fae, Deva, this year requires loading the double barrel shotgun and gathering her protective squad of were shifters, witches and gargoyles to battle the Dark Lord and his demon horde before they rip their way into Earth's realm.
Enter Padraig O'Neal: Fae prince, seasoned warrior, emissary from the Goddess herself, and tasked with helping Deva survive until she can embrace her true powers. Only twice in eternal history has the Goddess appointed a female to be her Holy Weapon against evil. No one is more surprised than Padraig that he not only has to help this whelp of a female warrior reach her prime, but wrestle with the reality that she is his destined mate.
Partnered together, Deva and Padriag muster through the challenges constantly thrown in their path as they head for the ultimate Sanctuary to amass the legions of the Light for war. It is gratifying to note that while Padraig has several hundred years of experience over Deva's neophyte emergence in powers, she has as much to offer him in support and healing for the emotional scars and wounds he's amassed. The two are well matched and a nice compliment to each other. I found the give and take in the story to be refreshing as well as the strong alpha male able to deal with a female in charge.
This story has a fast paced race to the finish. Wonderful details of Celtic mythology weave with DeLeon's own design of shifters, magical elements, and a matriarchal deity, all spun into a well layered and enjoyable story. That's not to say there aren't dark moments. Be prepared. This is a war after all, good vs. evil, dark vs. light.
Also, with the multiple realms of Earth, Otherworld (the Fae/mystical dimension), and the Abyss there was plenty of imagery and fantasy to please my taste for the supernatural. And alpha males abound in this story with personalities and powers to please. Hopefully, we'll get to see some of Deva's were protection squad and Fritz, the Gargoyle, merit their own hard-earned happy ever after endings.
I enjoyed Warrior's Rise. I think it will appeal to readers who like a broad spectrum of magic, ancient worlds, and epic tales. As the first in the Warriors for Light series I look forward to more of this war between dark and light.