Review: Blood Warrior (Dragon Kings #2) by Lindsey Piper

July 29, 2013 Review 2

Review: Blood Warrior (Dragon Kings #2) by Lindsey Piper

The second in a fierce and sensual new paranormal romance series featuring demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and the choices made by a proud race on the brink of extinction.

As a young man, sarcastic, violent Tallis Pendray believed the Dragon Kings’ survival depended on a prophecy delivered in dreams by a woman named “the Sun.” His role has been to complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks. First, by murdering a priest, he united his fragmented clan in their hatred of him. Dubbed “the Heretic,” Tallis fled his family’s Highland estate. Now disillusioned, he seeks revenge on the woman he holds responsible for two decades of exile.

Telepath Kavya Indranan is a charismatic, seductive cult leader born to a prominent family. However, she grew up terrorized by the ominous threat of her powerful, insane twin brother. On the run and hiding among the poor, she witnessed the destruction wrought by her clan’s centuries-old civil war. Maturity nurtures Kavya’s determination to end the cycle of bloodshed. Those who follow her call for peace have nicknamed her “the Sun.”

Title: Blood Warrior
Author: Lindsey Piper
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Silent Warrior, Caged Warrior
Series: Dragon Kings
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Silent Warrior, Caged Warrior
Published by Pocket
Source: Author
Published: July 30th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Blood Warrior is the second installment in the Dragon King series. Here we meet telepathic Indranan Kavya and the Pendray Berseker Tallis. The Indranan have been in a civil war for thousands of year. Kavya is the Sun and she is determined to end the cycle of bloodshed. Tallis has been plagued by a woman named “the Sun” for two decades in his dreams. She has made him complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks believing the survival of the Dragon Kings’ depended on it. On the eve of Kavya’s big announcement, Tallis kidnaps her seeking revenge for his two decades of exile inadvertently saving her life from her insane triplet brother. What starts out as a active of revenge soon turns into joining of two lonely souls as the trek from the Himalayan foothills to the Scottish Highlands in an attempt to end an all out war and the extinction of a proud race.

I really like Tallis. Since he made his appearance in Caged Warrior, I didn’t know what to expect from him. As a Berserker, I was assuming this would be a violent, brooding character. Instead I found him to be engaging, comical and sexy as Hell. Kavya on the other hand comes off as somewhat reserved and aloof but she does have this tough side that pops up on occasion. Together they are great. The banter between them is witty and clever. The sex was sizzling hot and well detailed. As opposite as Tallis and Kavya are, these to are a perfect match.

There wasn’t much back-story so if this book was to be read as a stand alone then that would completely work out. Since I have read the series from the beginning, I did have to mentally pull out what had previously happened. The beginning did drag a bit but I think it was because I was waiting for the excitement and action I had come to expect from this series. For me, this book really didn’t take off until about a third of the way in. Then it got interesting. Not because of the sex but because the story really starts opening up. The pace picks up with more action, definitely more twist and turns until the climatic ending. Blood Warrior is not necessarily the best book in the Dragon King series but it definitely well worth the read.

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SERIES SPOTLIGHT INFO:

Lindsey PiperSILENT WARRIOR

The Dragon Kings, Prequel Novella

Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher:  Pocket Star
ISBN: 978-1476713250
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A silent woman ashamed of her criminal background becomes a Cage warrior to seek redemption. An unrepentant fortune hunter will do anything to escape his mounting debts. Although rivals on the streets of Hong Kong, they find common ground when seeking their clan’s stolen idol, but for vastly different reasons. Neither one suspects that love will begin when he becomes the first man in five years to hear her speak.

CAGED WARRIORLindsey Piper

The Dragon Kings, Book 1

Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher:  Pocket Star
Print ISBN: 978-1451695915
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Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation–which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments.

Shackled with a collar and bound for life, Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. If she survives a year, she will be reunited with her son. Leto is charged with her training. Initially, he has no sympathy for her plight. But if natural conception is possible, what has he been fighting for? As enemies, sparring partners, lovers, and eventual allies, Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning.

Lindsey PiperBLOOD WARRIOR

The Dragon Kings, Book 3

Publication Date:  July 30, 2013
Publisher:  Pocket Star
Print ISBN: 978-1451695922
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Digital ISBN: 978-1451695953
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As a young man, sarcastic, violent Tallis Pendray believed the Dragon Kings’ survival depended on a prophecy delivered in dreams by a woman named “the Sun.” His role has been to complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks. First, by murdering a priest, he united his fragmented clan in their hatred of him. Dubbed “the Heretic,” Tallis fled his family’s Highland estate. Now disillusioned, he seeks revenge on the woman he holds responsible for two decades of exile.

Telepath Kavya Indranan is a charismatic, seductive cult leader born to a prominent family. However, she grew up terrorized by the ominous threat of her powerful, insane twin brother. On the run and hiding among the poor, she witnessed the destruction wrought by her clan’s centuries-old civil war. Maturity nurtures Kavya’s determination to end the cycle of bloodshed. Those who follow her call for peace have nicknamed her “the Sun.”

Bent on revenge, and without knowledge of Kavya’s noble intentions, Tallis kidnaps her on the eve of her groundbreaking announcement. The two watch in horror as her twin brutally smashes the tentative truce…and hunts the sister whose death would make him invincible.

Kavya is the Sun–revered, untouched, and bound by a lonely destiny that promises a deadly showdown against the last of her family. Tallis is the Heretic–despised and exiled because of actions that seem random, heartless, and contrary to the safety of the clans he protects. She’s not a goddess, and he’s not a natural born killer. A desperate trek from the Himalayan foothills to the Scottish Highlands reveals two secluded souls hidden by bloody reputations. Will their trust be strong enough to avert an all-out war that could destroy them, and their kind, forever?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Dragon Kings

Lindsey Piper is the alter ego of an award-winning historical and contemporary romance author. Her hotly anticipated DRAGON KINGS series is her first foray into paranormal fiction. She lives and writes in Chicago.

You can find more info on Lindsey’s Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads pages.

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2 Responses to “Review: Blood Warrior (Dragon Kings #2) by Lindsey Piper”

  1. evamillien

    Thanks for sharing your Blood Warrior review, and giveaway. I love the Warriors and I am looking forward to reading Blood Warrior. evamillien at gmail dot com.