Mass Market Paperback, 363 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Avon (first published 2009)
Series: Feral Warriors #1
I have discovered there is a specific in the paranormal romance genre that I like most. It is the group of warriors fighting for the greater good. Thus you have the good versus evil. Add a mate/lover/a significant other that another character cannot live without. I do love the chest pounding mine, mine, mine. Thrown in fighting evil and a major ending battle with a happily ever after. These are always my favorites amongst this genre. There are many ways to make each different series unique though. I like what Palmer has created with this series. She has mixed her series with immortal shifters of various species. The Feral Warriors (Therians) protect the world from the ancient evil that is trapped in the Daemon Blade. These warriors get their power and strength from the Radiant. There is only one, when one dies a new one is called forth and must ascend into this position. The Radiant channels energy and power from the Earth for the warriors use. There is a magical fantasy element within this book.
Kara is the new Radiant. She has lived as a human away from the Therian race her entire life. She has no clue that magical shape shifting beings exist. I loved Kara’s sporadic calm. At the beginning of the whole you must come with me and fulfill your destiny she runs, steals a car and returns home. Then she goes with Lyon willingly. Then she decides she’s not happy with being told this man is your mate and you must be with him and she flees again. I liked how she really was trying to give this a try. She was weary, had full rights to be weary, but she was still willing to go with idea of ascending to the position of Radiant. During the first ritual to get Kara into her Radiant role she is given a mate. Kara immediately knows the wrongness of this. Lyon is the one she has an immense attraction to, not Vhyper, even though Lyon swears the Pairing is NEVER wrong.
Lyon feels this strong attraction to Kara that he denies. She is not meant for him and he does not want to encroach on his fellow warriors mate. Lyon is a good man. He is trying to do the right thing. He knows the importance of his races survival depends of the ascension of the Radiant. As the Chief he knows something is amiss in the Feral House. His warriors are quick tempered and irrational. Kara fears the house to the point that the fear that roles off of her is a tangible thing. As Chief he has to protect Kara, she is in danger, Lyon knows this, he just does not know exactly where the danger is coming from. Lyon gets to the point that he even believes that Kara is the reason for the wrongness of what is going on with the warriors that he has been with for centuries. The action in this book keeps the reader entertained to the point that this book is impossible to put down. Just when you think you have the why’s of it figured out there is another twist in the plot.
I enjoyed this book. I loved the uniqueness to the world that was created for these warriors. I plan to continue reading series. I am very glad that I have more of the series on hand so that I can go right into the next book. I am very eager to see where book 2 picks up. Many conflicts were solved with the close of the first book, but there are still some unresolved issues.