Sunday, October 3, 2010

Warrior’s Dawn


Title: Warrior’s Dawn
Author: Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-262-6
Genre: {M/F/M} Paranormal Fantasy Shape-shifter
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Aurora has grown up loved but has always known she was different from the other shifters in the village in which she lived. Her adoptive mother has told her many things about her mother but Aurora’s just as certain that there are just as many things being kept secret from her. She’s discovered several things on her own; the first being her affinity for any weapon that she puts a hand too and second, the love of two panther shifters—Domi and Nado.

On the morning following their mating, everything changes when the first of many secrets are revealed that will change all their lives. This starts the new triad on a journey of discovery they never expected. Who is Aurora? Why was she taken? What does Destiny have in store for them? When they get the answers, it will set them on a path they never imagined.

Warrior’s Dawn is the first release in Lacey Thorn’s new shape-shifter series Blood Magic. It has a definite slant toward fantasy with components of magic, prophecy, fate and a goddess ordained birthright. The prologue was nicely executed and is a great help in setting up the background of Aurora’s family history and what led to her current life, without its inclusion, the story would have been much more difficult to explain.

Aurora is an interesting young woman. She’s strong of body, will and determination, knows what she wants, and in the beginning of the story that means Domi and Nado. These three have danced around each other for years and when the time is right they come together with blistering hot passion, desire and love. Ms. Thorn has done a nice job juggling the dynamic and bossy personalities of three Alphas and done it so that the triad stays in balance. While the numerous sexual encounters between Aurora, Domi and Nado are well written, for a release of 87 pages, they overweigh the story.

There are several secondary characters and they play varying degrees of importance, but all help to round out the story and move it forward. The villain isn’t a surprise to anyone but his nephew King Aslan, but his personality is crafted perfectly to fit the position and his dastardly deeds are vile and well described. Many questions are left unanswered but as this is an ongoing plotline in a continuing series, it’s not a great surprise. I look forward to seeing what secrets are revealed in the next release Shifter’s Delight.

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