The Warrior

Stephen Aryan

Quest For Heroes #2

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Copy received from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

Damn, I love the cover of this book. It’s gorgeous.

Summary: Bound, by duty and responsibility, Kell is King only in name. Trapped in a loveless marriage, he leaves affairs of state to his wife, Sigrid. When his old friend, Willow, turns up asking him to go on a journey to her homeland he can’t wait to leave.

The Malice, a malevolent poison that alters everything it infects, runs rampant across Willow’s homeland. Desperate to find a cure her cousin, Ravvi, is willing to try a dark ritual which could damn her people forever. Journeying to a distant land, Kell and his companions must stop Ravvi before it’s too late. While Kell is absent Reverend Mother Britak’s plans come to a head. Queen Sigrid must find a way to protect her family and her nation, but against such a ruthless opponent, something has to give… 

The Warrior picks up two years after the end of The Coward with Kell now being the king and married to the previous king’s daughter, Sigrid. After Willow arrives asking for help with a problem that is plaguing her people, he goes off on another adventure with her, leaving Sigrid to defend the kingdom from the damned religious nut jobs.

The biggest strength of The Warrior is its characters. I love them, especially Kell but Sigrid and Willow are also awesome. The story adds two new POV characters, Odd and Yarra. I liked the parts they had to play in the story, Odd’s was particularly interesting and I thought they were both interesting additions to the story.

I enjoyed the story overall but there is a part of me that wishes that this series was a trilogy instead of a duology. There are so many interesting matters happening in this novel and it sometimes feels as though they are constrained by the length of the series. At times, it did feel like the plot points were being crammed in and it did knock the pacing in a few places. possibly it’s just me feeling greedy and just wanting more but I do wish the story had taken place over two books and all these plot points could have been explored in far more detail. It does suffer a bit from the dreaded time skip but the characters are just so brilliant that I can forgive it a little.

I really enjoy Aryan’s writing. He’s very good at writing characters and his stories are always a lot of fun to read. I did say that the pacing felt a little off since there was so much plot in so few pages but it’s not really that much of an issue. I really enjoyed reading the book and I didn’t want it to end. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end with its cool story and awesome characters. I highly recommend both of the books in this series, they’re a lot of fun.

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