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10.11.2008

Review: Warrior by Cheryl Brooks

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Warrior (The Cat Star Chronicles #2) by Cheryl Brooks
Paranormal Romance, Sci-fi Romance
Mass Market Paperback (CASABLANCA PR, 321 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 1402214405
Tisana is a witch on the planet Utopia, but Utopia isn't a paradise for everyone. When her former lover brings Leo, a half-dead Zetithian slave, to Tisana for treatment, a sizzling romance ensues, culminating in a dangerous adventure. Will Tisana get to keep her lover and find a way to escape her own fate?
Author Site:
http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/


Almost Purr-fect Romantica (5 stars)

Like its predecessor, Warrior is not the book for every romance reader. And it is definitely not the book for most sci-fi/paranormal/fantasy readers. Warrior mixes some of the best elements of fantasy romance and sci-fi erotica. You've been warned.

Tisana is a witch, practicing her healing on the backwater planet of Utopia. The peaceful image one would expect of a world called Utopia isn't quite what you get. This is a planet where lords run what is essentially a feudal system and slavery is an acceptable practice. Tisana has never approved of slavery and when Rafe, her former lover, drops his new slave off for her to heal she isn't adverse to letting him escape so long as he has somewhere to run to.

Unfortunately, Leccarian--or rather, Leo, as she calls him--is a Zetithian. If you've read the first book in the series, Slave, you'll know why this means he has no where to go. If you haven't read Slave you could probably enjoy this book as a stand-alone but I think they should be read in order or you're missing out on a great story. But back to Leo... With no where to run to Leo stays with Tisana, healing not just from her potions and remedies but also from the pleasures they share.

When Rafe returns to fetch his slave Tisana has her own reasons for wanting to keep Leo. But Rafe needs them both! His children have been kidnapped and only Leo and Tisana can track their captors. The adventure that ensues is humorous and action-packed. But how will their journey end? Will Tisana find a way to convince Rafe to sell Leo to her?

I must admit this one didn't work as well for me as Slave did. I enjoyed it as a fantasy story but all of the mind-to-mind dialog between Tisana and her animal friends got on my nerves about halfway through the book. At one point I began to think of Disney movies like Snow White or Enchanted where the princesses talk to their animal friends all the time. I especially found the times when she spoke to the animals while engaged in sexual situations to be a little off-putting.

Leo was cute but seemed almost a sweeter version of Cat from the previous book and Tisana was kind of an air-head in comparison to the fiery Jacinth. Even still where Slave was a little too sci-fi for some readers this one might be just the right amount of fantasy to win new ones over to the series. I usually don't read the previews of the next book in the back but I have enjoyed the unique flavor of this one so much I had to see if Rogue was going to be as good and it certainly looks tantalizing. If you're looking for romantica at its finest but with a sci-fi/fantasy twist you can't go wrong with this series!

3 comments:

melindeeloo said...

I've had Warrior in my hands at the book store couple of times, but just wasn't sure if what made Slave fun could work again in Warrior.

I am trying to be more selective in what I buy (instead of just contiually feeding the TBR pile that ate the world), so I've been waiting for your review to see if I should buy Warrior.

Sounds like I'll be buying this one though, Thanks for the review :)

Danielle Jackson said...

Hi Rhi--

My name is Danielle Jackson and I am Cheryl Brooks' lead publicist--I just wanted to say thanks for the great review of Warrior and of Slave, too!

If you'd like, I can send you more information about our other titles--Sourcebooks Casablanca has quite a few sci-fi/paranormal books you might be interested. Just send me an email to the address in my profile.

Also--be sure to check out the Casablanca Authors Group blog, also listed in my profile. Your site looks great and I'd love to send you some books to review.

Thanks,
Danielle

Rhi said...

Mel- It wasn't quite as entertaining as Slave, but I think that's because they were VERY different stories. But there's just something really fresh about this series. I loved the more sci-fi elements in Slave and it looks like they'll be back to those in Rogue so I am reeeeally anticipating that one!

Danielle- Thank you for taking the time to check my reviews out! I am a total amateur at this but I love to share my honest feelings about what I read so that others can make more educated choices in their reading. Sometimes it is hard to know when you will not like a book and I have seen too many people give bad reviews because they did not know what they were buying. Just because you don't like a certain element does not mean a book is bad! (Sorry rant there!) I will certainly drop an email your way. :)

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