Possessed by a Dark Warrior (Eternal Mates Series #9)
Read: 31st May – 4th June 2016
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
…So what’s this book about?
Possessed by a Dark Warrior is an emotional, passionate, action packed paranormal romance story. It is classed as a long novel (approx 147,000 words 317 pages) within Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates series. As with most of Ms Heaton’s work, this book contains material of a sexual nature and some graphic violence and as such is only suitable for adults.
The official blurb says
A powerful warrior and commander of the dark elf legions, Bleu is a loyal and devoted male, and one who has never failed in anything—except one thing. Love. When an elusive female dragon shifter surfaces in Hell again, giving him a mission to hurl himself into, he gladly returns to his hunt for her and the deadly blade she stole from his prince seven centuries ago, but as he closes in on his prey, fate reveals she is far more than his enemy.
Having escaped from the black market arena and her life as a slave, Taryn sets her sights back on the task she began seven hundred years ago when her brother stole a precious sword, but in the three centuries she’s been a captive, everything has changed.
Corrupted by a craving for power, her brother has become dangerously obsessed with finding the blade and using it to claim the ultimate treasure—the position of King of Hell.
Faced with having to end her beloved twin to stop him from bringing all of Hell to its knees before him, will Taryn be strong enough to use the very blade he seeks against him? And when Bleu finally catches his elusive prey, will he listen to his head as it demands he complete his mission or his heart as it demands he claim his eternal mate?
Possessed by a Dark Warrior is the ninth book of the series and features many characters, references and revisits situations already described in previous books, so although I thoroughly enjoyed it, I don’t know if it can be successfully read as a standalone story. Having said that, Ms Heaton uses her talent as a wordsmith to weave any relevent explanations a reader may require, into this book without disrupting the pace and feel of this tale.
…so, what did I like about it?
I am already a big fan of Ms Heaton’s Eternal Mates series and love her writing style! Her world building is amazing; it is her mix of fantasy and reality that captures my attention right from the start. Her characters are never black or white, good or evil but a complex mix of positive and negative traits and emotions which they either have to embrace or overcome; Bleu and Taryn are no exception. Their historical ‘baggage’ plays a major part in this adventure and has shaped them into who they are and how they deal with what life throws at them.
I have already mentioned in previous reviews how I love the way Ms Heaton makes
the most explicit sexual scenes very romantic – I think she’s a very talented writer because, for me, a story is only really erotic if I’m emotionally connected to the characters involved, Ms Heaton gives her characters such depth that they do become real, but it’s not just her main characters, I find all of her characters complex, multifaceted and completely believable due to their very real human virtues and foibles even though most of them are mythical, paranormal beings.
We have learned a bit more about a few existing Eternal Mates characters here in this tale and have been introduced to a couple more that I’m sure we’ll be seeing again in future instalments.
This story made me giggle, gasp in shock and shed a tear or two. Of course, I got caught up with the passion (who wouldn’t *blush*) but the tender insights into both
Bleu and Taryn’s doubts, their feelings of “mate-unworthiness” and the growth of their trust in each other’s love was heart-warming to read.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Not a thing, the story was perfect.
(My only complaint is, I was already a bit in love with Bleu from previous books and feel a wee bit heartbroken that he can no longer be mine… 😉 )
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this paranormal romance tale. It was a great read that made me smile, cry and feel all warm & fuzzy inside with well written erotic thrills, heart pumping fight scenes, breathtaking aeronautic acrobatics and tons of romantic gestures. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading stories about the lengths we go for our siblings, betrayal, inner strength, forgiveness and of course, soul saving love.
So, have I ignited a spark of interest for POSSESSED BY A DARK WARRIOR in you? Just click on the links below and check out the book yourself or visit Felicity Heaton’s website to find out more.