Sunday, November 18, 2018

#BookReview – “Jane’s Warlord” by Angela Knight


Reporter Jane Colby is shocked by a gruesome murder in her small southern town, but she is even more stunned to learn that the murderer isn't from this century and that she is his main target. Her only chance at surviving is fighting fire with fire, or, in this case, future with future, as embodied in Baran Arvid, a twenty-fourth-century warrior. Baran's orders are to keep her from dying, and Jane's mission is to stop the murderer before he kills again. As the tension mounts and their trust grows, both realize they're also trying not to lose their hearts. 


This book is more like a prequel to the Time Hunter series, and is usually considered book 1 in the Warlord series, but the books/series do intertwine. However, they can be read as standalones.
In this futuristic world, there are different types of humans and aliens scattered across the galaxy with high-tech gadgets. Some are just normal humans with no special abilities, but others were genetically altered before their birth to be machine-like warriors. These warriors, Warlords and Warfem (men and women respectively), have computer and sensor implants, making them tougher and smarter than most normal humans. They come from the planet Vardon, a matriarchal society, and there are different houses the warriors belong to.
23rd century genetically engineered Warlord Baran Arvid goes back in time to save 21st century reporter Jane Colby from a time traveling serial killer. Afterward, he and his partner Freika (a genetically-enhanced talking timber wolf) must return to their own time to continue fighting a war between the Vardonese and the Xerans, and he’s anxious to finally take his revenge on a cruel Xeran general. Baran is a cold, ruthless, calculating man, and expects instant obedience. Jane, however, proves courageous and stubborn, and he doesn’t understand the new feelings she inspires in him.
Jane Colby often reports on murders for her family-owned newspaper, but never expected a killer to pick her as a victim. She teams up with Baran and Freika, and is astounded by their time traveling story and that the infamous Jack the Ripper from Victorian England is really from the future. Now Jack/Druas is in her little town killing innocent women.
Jane and Baran are strong but deeply troubled characters. She’s still dealing with emotional trauma from her childhood, and he’s lost in a bitter rage over the senseless deaths of his teammates years earlier.
The sex scenes were super hot and showed the depths of the H/h’s growing feelings for one another, but there were a lot of them, which slowed the pacing.
I absolutely loved Freika. He was an awesome character and added a lot of humor to the story. His hatred toward Jane’s cat was hilarious, and then adorable when the wolf and cat became tentative friends.
The writing is good, other than a few typos and scenes with head hopping. I like Ms. Knight’s voice and look forward to reading more of her books.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

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