Monday, 18 August 2014

Book Review: The Angel and The Warrior by Karen Kay

The Angel and The Warrior (The Lost Clan #1)
Author: Karen Kay
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: 1 April 2014

A hunted woman, a forbidden love…and time ticking down on an ancient curse.

Eighteen years ago, Swift Hawk was sent to the earthly realm to try to break an enchantment that curses his clan to a half-life in the mists. As his allotted time runs short, a vision gives him a glimpse of his last chance to free his people. A delicate young woman with translucent white skin and star-like hair.

He never thought his sacred vision would possess the tongue of a shrew.

Angelia Honeywell and her brother Julian fled Mississippi amid a hail of rotten tomatoes and flying bullets. She only fired back in self-defense, but now they are on the run as their father pleads their case to the governor.

With Julian trying to pass himself off as a wagon train scout, Angel knows they need help. When the handsome, black-eyed Swift Hawk agrees to save their skins, she can’t help but be drawn to his compelling gaze. But as they come together in a blaze of desire, the dark shadows of the curse descend, threatening to divide them forever.


I really enjoy reading historical romances with Native American characters that feel authentic because I'll admit to being rather ignorant about this culture so I love reading about it. The Angel and The Warrior is a wonderful example of a book that can blend spirituality and mysticism without making it seem totally unrealistic or too cheesy.

Angelia (Angel) is a great heroine because she doesn't allow herself to be dictated by the opinions and prejudices of other people. She's a bit headstrong, but she needs that determination and fearlessness to get herself and her brother out of the predicament they find themselves in.
Swift Hawk was a really interesting character. He is part of a cursed tribe that sends young men of the tribe out to try and break the curse. Swift Hawk is completely focused on breaking the curse and freeing his tribe when he meets Angel. Then he must decide whether this bewildering woman is a distraction from his responsibilities or the answer to all of his problems.

Angel and Swift Hawk have an immediate connection, despite the complications and obstacles that face them. This is an enjoyable romance with a great back story that is steeped in Native American culture. I'll be looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.

*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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