"Two stories in one with this first book in the Night Warriors series"
In the first book of the Night Warriors series, readers
find two stories in one, taking place approximately 25
In Swordbearer Reborn, Corwyn Hunter is his family's new
House Lord, having just lost his father at the hands of the
beast, mad elder Veriel. His job is just beginning, though.
Anna Jameson, the woman his father was protecting, has no
idea of the role she will play in the fate of Corwyn's
people. All she knows is someone... or something... is
haunting her. It has her so tense she is ready to explode.
She is in grave danger, for Veriel is convinced she is his
destiny reborn - his long lost object of desire in a
previous life. She holds the fate of the balance between
beasts and warriors in her hands, and he will stop at
nothing to have her. Corwyn assumes responsibility for her
and when he meets her, finds a passion unlike any she has
ever known. She is his soul mate... but what of the legends
that their child will be fated to change the world forever?
This story sets the stage for other books to come in the
series, anywhere in the timeline of this world. There is
quite a mystery surrounding what drives some of the
characters here that will make readers long to read more.
Corwyn is a powerful man, driven in his duty to his family,
and to Anna. The love between them is immediate and all
encompassing, which adds fuel to Veriel's rage. The legends
foretold in this story are incredibly intriguing and well
developed. There is also an ending that is so incredibly
shocking it will leave readers gasping in amazement,
desperate to find out what will happen next.
In Hunter Born, riders meet Jayde Albright. Abandoned
almost at birth by parents who presumably did not want her,
she was found and adopted by the couple she now calls
mother and father. She never knew her destiny was greater
then she could imagine and she lives peacefully... until
the day she is attacked by a monster and he rescues her.
Talon Cross finds and aids her before it is too late and
gets the shock of his life. She is the one foretold, the
female warrior who could tip the balance between good and
evil, and has the blood of the most powerful in her veins.
Now Veriel has discovered her existence and desires to
possess her, as he tried once before with another. Jayde
must learn the warrior skills in record time if she hopes
to live long enough to fulfill her destiny, entwined as it
is with Talon's, bringing to them a love so powerful it
will change the world.
This story brings a new force in the Warrior world into
play. Jayde is the first of her kind, a female night
warrior so powerful that she holds the key to the warrior
and beasts' ways of life in her hand. How she deals with
this knowledge is extremely well done, from her shock at
discovering who she really is, to the way she learns to use
it. The love between Talon and Jayde is powerful. One will
feel the strength they provide one another, the courage
they need to face their enemies, and the love they feel for
each other and their families.
This duet of stories is the first this reviewer has read by
this author but it has made her an instant fan. The
characters are amazingly dimensional and realistic, even
the beasts. Ms. Lyons has put a huge effort of time and
work into creating the world she writes about, drawing up
the rules, legends and beliefs of her characters. The
realities her characters face become the realities of the
readers as they are pulled into the stories to experience
everything with the players. These stories are gritty and
raw, full of emotion and adventure. Untraditional as these
stories are, they will more then satisfy readers.
The only drawback was in some of the dialogue. The warriors
have a strong German background and therefore speak German
in some key scenes. Not knowing any German words, this
reviewer was at a loss to understand what was going on
sometimes. It would greatly benefit the story if
translations were given so it could be understood what was
being said. A few expressions are explained in the glossary
of terms in the beginning, but most of what is spoken in
the story is not translated anywhere, which can cause a
problem for readers.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, April 2005. All rights reserved.
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted August 24, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 8, 2006
Newly the youngest warrior house lord in centuries, Corwyn Hunter claims his chosen mate, Anna Jameson. There are just a few little problems. Veriel, the mad beast elder, claims Anna is his wife. But, Veriel doesn't only want Anna. He wants everything Corwyn holds dear, including his unborn daughter. Corwyn wants to free his daughter as all warriors since the dawn of time have, but the other houses want him to raise her as Blutjagdfrau. Who is Regana of "Swordbearer Reborn?"
In part two, Talon Cross saves Jayde Albright from a beast attack. Why does the young woman have a lord's amulet and no blessing? Learning she is the Blutjagdfrau believed dead for many years, it is up to Talon to train and protect her until her father comes to bring her home. Veriel will come for her when he learns she is alive. After all, she is the female warrior "Hunter Born" who can serve as a true mate to him. Jayde, however, has her own ideas of who she wants as mate.