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Friday, December 19, 2008

Sister Warrior

Sister Warrior by Teel James Glen
Publisher: ePress-online Inc
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Book Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Welcome to the sensual, savage and fantastic world of Altiva. It is a world of crystal-smiths and warp wizards, first visited in the novel Death at Dragonthroat where Ku'zn, blue furred warrior woman of the Z'n, gained her freedom from slavery. Now she begins a journey to free her brother, who along with her had been sold into contract bondage to save her tribe. She visits the strange, plague-wracked city of Orania only to encounter bigotry and deception in her search for him.

It is a quest that will separate her from those she loves and force her to confront her darkest fears, desires and deepest inner doubts.

She battles hideous monsters, duels skilled assassins, combats religious zealots and fights to save the warp orphan, Earthman T.K. Mitchell, from himself. Along the way she just might find love and discover the true meaning of family before it is too late. . .

Ku’zn is a blue-furred female warrior of the Z’n. Unlike most Z’n, her blue hair is long and usually done in a travel braid. Her amber eyes with dark green pupils miss nothing as she rides her vorn to rescue her brother. She and Ka’wn were sold into contract bondage many years ago to save their people. Circumstances have freed Ku’zn from her contract and now she has enough money to buy her brother’s freedom.

Under the glare of Altiva’s sun she rides to the old city of Oriana where her brother is supposed to be. Instead of finding her Ka’wn, she departs with Alma, a pink skinned continental who becomes her close friend and lover. The contract holder has told Ku’zn her brother died in the plague but Alma tells her Ka’wn is still alive and his contract has been bought by a Warp Wizard. Ku’zn has always had a distrust of warp wizards and sets out to free him from this unwelcome contract. She eventually finds her brother but all is not as she expected.

When I started reading this book I was convinced I wasn’t going to like it, but after the first few pages I was hooked. The story intrigued me and I kept going back for more. Sister Warrior is a book that has to be read with full attention, or you miss the important bits. Ku’zn reminds me of a cross between both male and female Native Americans, strong like a warrior and capable of love like a woman. At first she appears unstoppable, but events prove she isn’t infallible, which makes her more attractive to the reader.

This book is in several parts and goes from the search for Ka’wn, to capture and battle with professional assassins, kidnapping of Alma who has become her friend and lover and rescue of Tee Kay, her close friend and sometime lover from Earth. In other words the book has something for everyone from romance to skilled combat.

I understand Sister Warrior is part of the Altiva series and I will definitely be looking out for more of these books. I liked that I didn’t have to have read the other books in the series to understand this one, and the planet of Altiva came alive for me as part of the story.