Author: Zoë Archer

Publisher: Zebra (2010)

Pages: 384

Synopsis: The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond -where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn’t be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress -just what he needs.
Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artifact Thalia is after. Huntley’s assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn’t easy to deceive…


Well, this was a joyful ride. Where to begin? Sometimes I really don’t know where/how to start a review… (*.*)

So…Warrior, the first book in The Blades of the Rose series, is a fast-paced, romantic-adventurous tale about secret Orders, ancient and powerful magic, exotic places, a beautiful and brave heroine, an extremely hunky hero, and yes, a steamy-no-really-can-someone-hand-me-a-fan love story. I don’t think I’d ever read a book quite like Warrior before, nevertheless, a somewhat unsettling feeling that I’ve seen this movie already kept coming and going. And then again, maybe this was just  because the author knows how to write a scene that can unfold itself before one’s eyes just like a movie, in which, by the way, what happens is what the reader wishes to see.

The whole adventure is engaging -believe me, there’s never a dull moment in this- and the lead characters, with whom the reader naturally spends most of the time, are a pleasure to watch in action. The female protagonist, Thalia, has a mind of her own, is sensible enough without being a whiner, and most importantly, gets things done even with such a strong male lead beside her; and Gabriel, a recently retired army Captain, who just wanted to settle down and raise a family, but who gets caught up in this good versus evil unusual fight instead, is manly enough without ever being the common alpha-jealous-possessive guy -he’s all that: yes, but with a lot of (appreciated) moderation. Of course once he sets his golden eyes on Thalia, the battle quickly gets to be his own too, and that Settle Down life plan is no more.

And because I already started the lust topic, here we go again…it’s Confession Time! So, one thing that annoys me a bit in some books is when the sex scenes make me feel like I’m reading the script of a porn movie (if such things even exist). You know…*unsure*…when after the “normal” first scene, things make a turn to Kinky Road. Now I’ll just pretend I’m being interviewed -by myself- and ask: but why is that annoying to you? Weeell…first because the whole thing is just predictable…really it is, want to see? It usually goes like this: man on top, girl on top, doggy style, one finger, two fingers (optional), oral for her, oral for him, oral for both, and again from the start! Marry me, my love, the end (note that sometimes there’s a pause for pregnancy -not the case here, though) –and Warrior is only ruining my sequence because the first two stages are switched; second, because I hate the sex talk that comes with it -all the “Oh…God, yes!” variations and alikes: hate them; and lastly, because I don’t want to know about the “juicy” details… -that’s just too much information…really, keep your eating/drinking habits to yourselves, lead characters. (Note to future readers: be sure this book is going to be…say, 50% of lust, 20% of consummated lust, and 30% of everything else.)

(I’m so cranky today. Forgive me, Zoë.)

To finish: I will certainly read the rest of this series (Scoundrel: next) because, besides the fact I want more Blades of the Rose adventures, these books are addictive, and because *blushes* well, I kind of acquired a literary crush on the nerdy-genius Blade, with coffee colored skin, and oh-so-cute way of quizzically cleaning his glasses, Catullus. He appeared briefly in this one, but will be the hero in the fourth and last book of the series (not really sure if it’s the last one…), so yeah…I have to keep reading to get to him. 😀

Rating: 6,5/10


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10 Responses to “Warrior”

  1. 1 quigui

    Ohh, now I see why you want to read all the books 🙂 And of course you would fall in love with the nerdy one.

    You know my position on sex scenes (no pun intended), so I won’t even comment on that. But it seems that despite your annoyance with the way it is done, you still were able to enjoy the book.

  2. This is one of those sagas I really want to read because it seems appealing and, I have tosay, the covers are just gorgeous.
    I have to say that the steamy parts really don’t bother me, unless the sex is there for no reason, but I get angry when the sex is just there to be there. You know?

    • I know what you mean, Ana and I hate that too x_x

      I just don’t like the overly graphic scenes, I find them…unnecessary. Also, I think I just like to be told that the characters are making sweet love to each other instead of knowing in which position are they…doing it xD

      • I understand what you mean, but I don’t mind it. Really. It’s not like I read books just for that (except for J.R. Ward, and it’s not really JUST for that XD ), but a good sex scene actually lightens the book a bit. If it’s just once or twice. 🙂
        But I totally see your point. For instance, I don’t like to see it in movies (when they get too graphic about it). Just hint at it, or show the begginng, but don’t go all the way, it’s just … tasteless I think.

      • Exactly! “Less is more”, I say.

        In movies I would say it depends on the actor involved…no..no…just kidding! 😀

        (I really have to try J.R.Ward xD)

  3. Wicked Wicked Review!!=) I definitely want to read this one!!

    • Ahah, yeah…sometimes I put on my wicked reviewer hat and write stuff like this xD but it’s all good, I already bought the other books in the series and pre-ordered the 4th, so hopefully the author can forgive me 😀

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