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Destiny's Warrior (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 2007
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White Lady Nakkole, a Fae that protects a designated waterway from harm is tasked with not only informing Gavin of his parentage and powers but also ensuring he accepts his heritage before he is bought home to his father, King Arrane of the Fae. Considered to have some empathy towards humans, Nakkole gets everything wrong from the moment she meets Gavin; but not in a charming, amusing way the reader can enjoy. Instead I found her antics annoying as she initially proved herself pretty ineffectual amid a variety of life threatening situations involving Gavin and herself. She also didn't come across as having a great deal of self control; constantly acting against her internal dialogues that she shouldn't involve herself with royalty by promptly throwing herself at Gavin.
It's always a bad sign when I put a new book down after reading only several chapters and not pick it up again for several days. It's an even worse sign when the pattern again repeats itself and I find myself taking over a week to finish reading the book in question. I must say however that the story line in "Destiny's Warrior" certainly picked up its pace throughout the final few chapters as Gavin learns to utilise his magic and battles not only Elphina's quest for the throne, but also her plot to re-unite the parts of the Sphere of Life to release the Dark King from his imprisonment.
I cannot fault HW's world building; her in depth descriptions of a whole host of magical creatures and their individual magicks are certainly entertaining; however I found her plot far too slow moving for my tastes (hence the average star rating). Those readers looking for the sort of heart pounding, action packed read that keeps you rapidly turning pages should avoid disappointment and skip "Destiny's Warrior". I'd pass this book on to friends with a love of fantasy romance, but would be far from upset if it was never returned.
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Destiny's Warrior was especially engaging because of the vast variety of both magical and human beings. If you enjoyed "Lord of the Rings", you'll love this book. Waters takes you on a journey through the fae world with pixies, brownies, ogres, water faeries, elves, succubi, and more. When war breaks out, it is with magic, swords, bows and arrows, and pure heroic bravery. Both the males and females take part in the fight. There is so much more to this book than I've found in most other romance novels of late.
Gavin McCain has inherited the lairdship of his Scottish clan. He is afraid he will fail miserably at the task, but is determined to give it his best. Many things are not going his way. His sick mother is coming to his home to die. A young healer has been sent to care for her and make her passing as comfortable as possible. The pretty healer is an inconvenience. She distracts him from his duties. He can't help feeling "enchanted" by her presence.
Nakkole is a faerie known as a "White Lady". The White Ladies guard the streams that lead to the fae world. When human males come near their waters, they enchant the men and send them safely home without knowledge of the world they almost discovered. Nakkole has been given a new task by the fae king, Arrane. He is sending her to the human world to teach his son about his fae powers and bring him home to the fae world of Arran. Arrane's son, Gavin, has never been told about his fae heritage. In fact, his mother did her best to teach him that magic is nonsense.
Nakkole hopes to avoid using enchantment to convince Gavin about the Otherworld. She wants to tell him with open honesty. Gavin is feeling betrayed. This woman whom he had begun to care for is trying to trick him. Whatever her game is, he won't fall for it.
Gavin has an older sister, Elphina, who is half succubus. She wants to kill Gavin and take the Arran crown for herself. King Arrane is near death. There is no time to lose. Elphina is queen of the dark fae. She sends her army to the human world to capture her brother.
Gavin awakens in a dark cave, surrounded by creatures of magic. There is no more denying that Nakkole had told him the truth. He is ready to help his father free the Otherworld from dark magic. During the long journey to Arran, Nakkole begins to teach Gavin how to use his powers. With a small band of Gavin's human knights, a new ogre friend, and Nakkole's fae sister, Gavin and Nakkole find their way to Arran to join the king's fight against evil.
Elphina has spent her life feeling the rejection of her father. She plans to get her revenge by killing Arrane's only son. When she learns of Gavin's affection for Nakkole, Elphina captures the White Lady fae to use as a lure for Gavin. With only his best friend from Scotland at his back, Gavin enters the dark caves of Elphina's kingdom. He'll save Nakkole or die trying.
King Arrane has found new strength. Gathering his army of magical light fae, he heads to the dark caves to join the fight. With both the king and his heir in the fray, this battle between dark and light will decide the future of all magical beings. When the king reveals that only Nakkole holds the ability to slay Elphina, Gavin is torn by the realization that he must let her fight the dark queen. As the battle begins, dark and light clash in a desperate struggle for control of the Otherworld.
With all of that happening, Waters manages to keep the main focus on the romance between Gavin and Nakkole. Great love scenes and a constantly deepening bond, even during hard times, make you want to see this couple have a "Happily Ever After". Both characters are strong and brave, while still having vulnerable hearts. The side characters are charming, funny, and loyal to the end. What a great story!
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Years later, Laird Gavin McCain remains ignorant that magic exists let alone his paternal bloodlines affirm it until Lady Nakkole arrives to keep him from harm's way. Apparently, Gavin's half sister, Queine Elphina, a succubus's daughter, plans to usurp the Fae throne, but must get rid of the half-breed mortal heir. As purebred Nakkole performs her duty, she falls in love with the half-breed she protects.
This is an entertaining romantic fantasy in which Waters' world seems genuine as the audience will, like the hero, begin to believe that magic is real. The key cast members insure the magical elements come across as plausible especially the metamorphosis of Gavin from scorn to true believer. However, the romance between Nakkole and Gavin seems intrusive as the fast-paced story line is at its best when magic outside of the heart rules.
I used to think that I was very easy to please. I had read books that I could critique, but never had I read a book that I deemed a complete and total waste of fine paper. But then I read Destiny's Warrior, by Heather Waters. And let me say, I have read emo high school poetry better than this book.
Heck, I have WRITTEN emo high school poetry better than this book.
Her writing style is inconsistent and predictable, her story is lacking, and if this book had been written properly I think I could have been a very well written series. Her leading male characters are disgustingly weak, her war scenes are unoriginal and the final battle proves that she has no idea of battle strategies what so ever. She obviously has some good ideas, but not the commitment or the talent to see them through. The only reason I gave her two stars is because I did finish the book out of curiosity, and there was some originality to the sex scenes, but that alone will not carry a book. I briefly considered checking out the other book she's written, The Devil's Possession, but I'm afraid to be disappointed yet again.
This is, by far, the worst book I have read in a long time.