Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix (Terra's Review)
Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix is a tale of true love overcoming the odds. Wonderfully romantic, wickedly sexy with one foot in the historical realm and one foot in the paranormal realm, this novel is sure to delight any romance lover out there. I for one cannot wait for the next book and this installment will be going into my personal collection to read again and again. Like your favorite movie, you just can't seem to get enough of it.
Lady Alaida is extremely beautiful, young and opinionated, feisty, fiery, gentle and fair. She is the perfect woman to run a keep and knows her people and treats them with a firm but gentle hand. She actually cares. Unfortunately her kindness does not extend to the King or to any of the number of suitors that swill her ale while ravishing her pantry during the time in which she must make a choice for husband and Lord.
Ivor Graycloak is a brave man and also cursed. He has served the King for many years and now his payment for all of this is a keep, it's people and a young maiden to wife. Ivor is a bit reluctant to take on all of this because of his curse but finally decides that he has lived long and hard and would love to have a normal life per say. Only problem is, will it come to pass or will the curse win out?
Our story starts out with Ivor and two friends traveling to Alnwick to claim his prize that King William has bestowed upon him. Upon arriving he finds the keeps great hall is littered with would be suitors for the hand of Lady Alaida. It would seem that it has been some time that these men have been here for they have not only misused the Lady's property but have gone so far as to nearly wipe out the stores of food and ale. Being the disreputable bunch of louts they are, Lady Alaida has had all the ladies of the keep sleep in her chambers to protect her from these lecherous bastards.
Lord Ivor makes his claim to Alnwick and it's Lady and thus the fun begins. This Lady is not about to let some man just come in here and run her life, her keep and her people. At least not without a bit of a fight. Even though she can not say no outright to Lord Ivor, she is not about to be accommodating.
Meanwhile, Lord Ivor and his second leave before the sun rises and return after the sun sets each evening while their friend does just the opposite. He comes at sun rise and leaves at sun set. It doesn't take long before there is talk among the people but Lord Ivor puts it to rest quite easily and logically. His biggest problem is making Lady Alaida see things his way without question.
Our story is really quite wonderful in all respects. Descriptive scenery and dastardly villains erupt from the historical setting with the ease of listening to someone tell a fairytale of old. What makes this tale so much more is the love and devotion, good vs. evil and the complete feeling that you are truly watching everything happen from a first hand point of view.
Our author has given us a fresh perspective into another facet of the paranormal world. A delightful coaxing of characters as they bend and blend to make the story come alive. A story of hot steamy sex, delightfully playful romance and deep down soul searing true love that even the Gods would be leery of fiddling with. If you miss this novel you will be missing a wonderfully written work of art.