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Warrior : The Time Hunters (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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"A rising star in the paranormal pantheon."
"If you like...pages that sizzle in your hand, you're going to love Angela Knight!" -- J.R. Ward
About the Author
Angela Knight is the USA Today bestselling author of the Mageverse series and the Warlord series for Berkley Books. She has also written for Red Sage, Changeling Press, Loose Id and Ellora's Cave. Besides her novels, Angela's publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county's Sheriff's Office.
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In 'Warrior' we meet several characters from previous books/stories - or at least their offspring - and the universe created in 'Jane's Warlord' is revisited. The plot focuses around an artist - Jess Kelly - who has the unfortunate luck to be the room-mate of an alien Charlotte Holt. A Xelan (horrible, blood-thirsty alien) is after Charlotte, who infects Jess with some of her own blood before disappearing. As a result of the infection, Jess is also put on the list for destruction by the Xelan. Galar Arvid's job as a Master Enforcer is to 'rescue' those who are killed by other time-travellers, and as the Xeran is a time traveller, Galar is there at the scene of the crime to take Jess into the future as soon as the crime is committed.
The romance between Galar and Jess develops through the book: Galar has to battle against his own suspicious nature, as he was betrayed in a previous relationship by spy who pretended to love him. Jess, of course, has to cope not only with the problems of being catapulted into the future, but also with the changes brought about by the 'infection' introduced into her blood by Charlotte. Jess is also pursued by a spy in the Temporal Enforcement Agency - a spy indirectly working for the Xerans.
The overall story-arch of the nasty, violent Xerans pursuing a gentle, moral people called the Sela who have a T'lir which the Xerans want, and the Sela's testing of Charlotte Holt and Jess is what proves most interesting in this book. THe romance between Galar and Jess is predictable and while they have some good non-sex scenes, which develop some emotional realism, there just isn't enough chemistry for me. Their steamier encounters appear rather empty, and lack any sense of emotional connection. I found myself skipping the sex scenes to get on with the other story. I just didn't feel that the sex furthered their relationship in any way: I got no sense of a deepening emotional bond.
Sadly I just wasn't gripped by the romance - but I was by the SF story. Angela Knight writes a good sex scene, but somehow it all seemed a bit disconnected. You could have cut out the sex scenes completely and not missed them at all.
This could develop into a good series, the teaser for the next book - 'Enforcer' - looks promising, possibly because the romantic 'leads' have already been introduced in this, first, book.
What does a time jumping cop and an artist have in common? The answer Jack the Ripper. How can he save her. If he does, can they ever be together? The wolf is a brilliant character as are the cop and the artist. Watch as they fight for their lives. For all fantasy lovers out their who love a romantic plot - this is for you. Highly recommended
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I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters, but I always hate when loved characters are killed. I really like for all the good guys and gals to survive every hostility. All and all, I enjoyed the story line. The antagonist should not have gotten away though. He needed to suffer. They could have brought in a new bad guy for the next story line.
Secondly, I enjoyed this book immensely. I love Angela's books - from her old ebooks (which is how I found her) to the current themes.
Warrior was an excellent book - it brought back fond memories of my reading of Jane's Warrior and re-emphasized my memories of Freika - which was funny back then, but he is just as funny now.
The story is developed thoroughly, and has humor as well as sadness within.
I read it in one sitting - that's a score with me - if I can put it down and do other things, then it's only worth 3 stars - this one is definately a keeper.
Thank you Angela for doing what you do best! Now, where are my other Angela books so that I can go back and re-read them!
Jessica Kelly is an artist. She and her roommate live in Atlanta in 2008. Jessica has to work to support herself and her art. She is one of the nameless people who struggle to put their vision on canvas, but up until now she has had no luck breaking into the art community.
Galar Arvid is a Warlord for the Temporal Enforcement Agency. He has come to see if maybe Jessica's murder was by a person from the future. If so he will try to save her life and take her to the future to live. Galar is not looking to find any kind of personel interest in Jessica. Since he had been betrayed by a former lover who was a spy, he had guarded his heart and feelings from others. He has a reputation for being cold and efficient.
The murderer turns out to be a Xeran battleborg, and he is after her roommate who has passed some type of DNA to Jessica. Therefore he will kill both of them. After a vicious fight he flees leaving both Jessica and her saviors wounded. The story and romance are intense and Jessica has secrets even she doesn't know about. But the Xerans are determined to kill her and they have a mole in the agency.
I enjoyed the book and there will be more in this series. I look forward to them. Knight has a way with futuristic fantasy and intense romance.
I was thrilled to learn Knight was taking readers back (or forward? time travel is so funky) to her warlords. Jane's Warlord is one of my all-time favorite romances. The hero Baran is Sexy and Exotic, and Jane is a trip! Plus, I love the SC setting. I was hoping for similar fun in Warrior, but for some reason Jessica Kelly and her warlord fall flat. Jessica is taken by a futuristic time-traveler to a futuristic hideout in the past to get away from the bad guys. Her sudden immersion into new technology is eased by a computer chip in her brain. And maybe that's why I didn't like it. Jessica never had to ask what's going on. She just knew, but it still had to be explained to the reader. And the hero is disappointingly normal, not that different from a bland hero in a bland contemporary romance. I'll stick with this series for a while, but only because I know what Knight's capable of writing. But it seems like she is deviating from what worked so well in Jane's Warlord--examining a relationship that deals with differences between the present and future. Her next couple consists of a Viking class Warlord and a cyborg. Doesn't sound very romantic, but I'll give it a try.