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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Review: Dark Warrior Untamed

Dark Warrior Untamed (The Talions, Book 3)Title: Dark Warrior Untamed
Author: Alexis Morgan
Page Count: 360 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review provided by the publisher in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less: Sharing an office will be the least of the problems that Chief Talion  Greyhill Danby and assistant to the Grand Dame Piper Ryan will have to deal with.  Enemies are lurking, secrets are creeping, dissent is brewing, and these two aren't completely sure they even like each other. Much.

This book has been languishing in my pile of review books for an appallingly long time, and it was only in the throes of my snow day today that I finally got to it.  It was a decent enough book, but I think my lack of familiarity with the first two books made reading this one a little less enthralling than I would have hoped.

The back story is easy enough to figure out.  The Talions, a supernatural race of immortal warriors, are going through a transition phase, so to speak; their old leader has died and chose a complete unknown as her successor, passing on all the power, authority, and responsibility of her office without so much as a by your leave for history or tradition.  This has caused a number of cases of knotted knickers in the past two books and brings us to this installment, where the head of security for the Grand Dame (which is their name for their ruler) is responsible for assessing any and all threats to their monarch, beginning with the innermost circle and circling outward from there.

Greyhill Danby is the dude in charge of all that, and he's relocated from England to Seattle to do the best job he can.  Imagine his chagrin, then, when he walks into his office and finds someone else already sitting there.  Piper Ryan was just hired as the assistant to the Grand Dame and she pushes Grey's buttons from the word go.  While these two find that their interactions don't have to be all prickly and nonsensical, besides the initial "spark" it was hard to see what these two really had in common.

The plot moves along at a good pace, with treachery in the ranks of the Talions, political grandstanding, and trust issues abounding around every corner.  At the end of the book, elements are wrapped up satisfactorily, with plenty of room for future installments.  It wasn't a bad book; it wasn't the best book I've ever read.  It just was, and if you're a fan of this series or are interested in trying one like it, then I would recommend starting at the beginning and (perhaps) getting it from the library.

Overall Grade: B
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