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Warrior (Blades of the Rose) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Warrior is the first installment of the four-part Blades of the Rose series, which is just the smartest, sexiest, most imaginative adventurous romance out there. I recommend it not only to romance readers, but also to fantasy and scifi fans and anyone who likes an action-filled story.
Captain Gabriel Huntley returns home to England after war, but the prospect of a settled, staid future frankly appalls him. Small wonder that after he helps a man in a fight and witnesses deadly magic, he undertakes the mission to deliver a message to someone halfway across the world.
Thalia Burgess, living in outer Mongolia, is the daughter of a Blade and aspires to join their ranks. When she learns that a Source is in danger, she and Gabriel embark on a quest to find and protect it.
Thalia is smart, strong, and capable, but still vulnerable. Gabriel is a fantastic and believable former soldier: intelligent but blunt, not especially eloquent, open to new experiences, and honorable to the core. The Mongolian steppes and culture, rendered in respectful detail, make a gorgeous backdrop to transcendent supernatural experiences, amazing love scenes (one of which is also a transcendent supernatural experience), and thrilling action.
I recommend ordering all four at once because once you finish this book, you'll want to start right in on the next one.
Another thing that bothered me was the editing. Archer has a great grasp of prose, but sometimes...a lot of times...she would have back to back paragraphs that said the same thing. As if she couldn't decide which paragraph she liked better, so she just left them both in there and no editor slashed it. That bugged me a lot.
Lastly, I think she worked the supporting cast in well. Day, the whore, Graves, the brilliant Negro!!!, and Ming, the strategist, all had depth, interesting quirks and back stories that didn't overwhelm me. But I doubt I'll read anything further from this series. I also liked her treatment of the Mongolian culture and its people. Taught me a lesson that you can praise and criticize a culture by showing many incarnations of its people as a super-villain, a few small town heroes, and all those in between without casting the white man as the savior.
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