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Monday, January 7, 2008

Review: The Warrior

THE WARRIOR
by Kinley MacGregor

Lochlan MacAllister was born to lead. Ruthlessly groomed to take control of his clan, he has given his life to his people. But when he learns that the brother he thought was dead might still be alive, he embarks on a quest to find the truth.

Catarina wants a life of freedom. But now Catarina's royal father wants to use her as a pawn to ensure a treaty between conflicting lands. So much so that he's willing to kidnap his daughter to force the issue. But when she escapes, fate throws her into the path of a man she loathes.

Lochlan is stunned to find the shrewish Cat being hauled away by unknown men. Unwilling to see even her suffer, he frees her only to learn that she has her own demons to fight. When their fates intertwine, two people who know nothing of trust must rely on each other, and two enemies who have vowed their eternal hatred must find common ground, or see their very lives shattered.

This is one of the books I’ve been waiting years for. It’s the story of Lochlan MacAllister, the Laird of the clan MacAllister. His brothers, Braden, Sin, and Ewan, have already had their books written in the MacAllister series. I am curious why this book was listed as part of the Brotherhood of the Sword series instead. Many of the secondary characters in this book are members of the Brotherhood, but the main character is a MacAllister. Perhaps it’s not practical to put two series’ on the front cover.

Anyway, this is the story of Catarina, sometime gypsy and sometime French princess. She was introduced in an earlier book as a traveling companion to two of the members of the Brotherhood, Lysander and Pagan. She is sexy, feisty, proud, loving, and takes joy in every moment that she can. I loved the way she was written. She is a character to admire and be in awe of, but I also sympathized with her struggle to be free and live her own life.

Lochlan is burdened by the responsibility to his clan and the feelings of being responsible for his brother, Kieran’s suicide. But there is more proof that Kieran lived! Lochlan sets out to find him and instead finds himself protecting Catarina. Sparks fly. Tempers flare. It wasn’t unpredictable, but I enjoyed the flow of the story, just the same. I also enjoyed reading Lochlan’s emotional progression throughout this book, which was great.

There was only one tiny hiccup for me, and that happened in the epilogue, and was purely a point of personal preference, but if you read it, you’ll see what I mean. Some people I know will absolutely love the book more for the epilogue. Just personal taste, but I felt I had to mention it. By all means, please do NOT skip and read it first, though. It has a major spoiler, and not just the natural HEA.

It is a wonderful story that has great secondary characters – some known from earlier books and a few new ones. To experience the depth and some of the humor to the fullest, I would recommend reading earlier books in both the MacAllister and Bortherhood series’ – if for no other reason than they’re really fabulous books.



Reviewed by Aster




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27 comments:

Dena said...

I have never read any of the books written under the Kinley name,only the Dark Hunter books under the Sherrilyn Kenyon name. I really like those books so much I don't know why I've never tried these ones. It sounds really good.

CrystalGB said...

I love Kinley MacGregor's books. She is an awesome writer. This book sounds wonderful.

Karen H in NC said...

I have never read any of the books by this author, but sounds like a time to start.

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Meljprincess said...

I love Kinley's books and really enjoyed the other ones in the BOTS series. I can't wait to read WARRIOR.
Crikey! I'd never read the epilogue first. That's communism. lol!

Melissa Keith
Meljprincess at aol dot com

Eva said...

I like her writing, both Kenyon and MacGregor, and the review for The Warrior hooked me for it for sure!

tetewa said...

I'm a true fan of Sherrilyn's Dark-Hunter series and admit to never reading this series and would like to give it a try! tWarner419@aol.com

Nita Wick said...

I love Kinley/Sherrilyn books. This one is on my list. :)

windycindy said...

I am not familiar with this author. You make the books sound great! I suppose I should begin with the earlier books. Thanks,Cindi
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anne said...

Would look forward to this new author.

peggy said...

i love her writting .
and cant get my feel of reading of
highlanders.and her book covers are great.

peg360@hotmail.com

Cathy said...

I too am a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, but haven't read any books in this series yet. I would love a chance to read it.


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Jennifer Y. said...

No need to enter me in this contest. I have this book in the TBR Mountain and can't wait to read it...thanks for the review.

BethRe said...

This sounds like a fantastic read

ruth said...

I have to try this series as it sounds great.

Lily said...

I hear a lot from her... but have never read anything.

Nathalie said...

I love this author!

Sue A. said...

From the comments I feel like I've been missing out on something special.

Eva S said...

She writes great books, I'd love to read this one!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Sign me up with the folk who've never read anything under this penname... I'd love to change that, of course!

dodo said...

Sounds great. Count me in :)

Stacia said...

I have been wanting to read these books for awhile but just haven't gotten around to it. I'm bumping them to the top of my list because after reading this review, I don't know if I can wait any longer. Thanks for the review!

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Bebemiqui said...

I haven't read this book, but I'm interested :0)

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mystikalfae said...

I'm a fan of her Sherrilyn Kenyon persona but have never read her as Kinley MacGregor. This would be a perfectly wonderful opportunity.

mystikalfae [at] gmail [dot] com

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

blogged ya:

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Marg said...

I can't wait to read this book! I already own it, so don;t worry about entering me in the draw!

Jane said...

I've heard a lot about Kinley and this books sounds great.

Mona said...

Unfortunately haven't read anything for Kinley MacGregor:( It'd be great to read The Warrior.

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