I received this book via the author, Siobhan Davis. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Alinthia #3
Published by Self Publish on 2018-08-28
Length: 322 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release Challenge
She’ll tear the galaxy apart to save them…
Captured by a special, secret government agency, Alinthia is now facing another new reality—one where she’s separated from the four guys who have come to mean so much to her. But she has faith in Dane, Coop, Maddox, and Beck, and she refuses to give up hope.
Until she discovers General Arantu and his despicable daughter have imprisoned her protectors and time is running out to save them.
Desperate to escape the government’s clutches and rescue her loved ones, Alinthia finds unlikely allies in the strangest of places. With their help, she finally understands what is required to assume full control of her powers and fulfil her legacy.
However, the more she uncovers about herself and her abilities, the more she understands how fragile the line is between good and evil, darkness and light, right and wrong.
Will she make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love, or are there some lines that can’t ever be crossed?
Please note that there may be spoilers to prior books in this review. Read at your own risk.
Siobhan Davis has done it again! I devoured The Warrior Princess forgoing sleep to finish it in the wee hours of the morning. SO worth it!!! Picking up right where The Secret Heir left off, Davis throws the reader right into the action without a time gap and little recap (so if you haven’t read the previous books you will be lost). Alinthia has been taken by the government, and the boys are in the hands of General Arantu. Things couldn’t be worse for them, or could it? It’s Davis so we know it will 😉
Alinthia and Her Protectors
I really felt for Alinthia in this book. Not only is she dealing with being captured, she is separated from her protectors and betrayed by her best friend. She’s grieving and angry, ready for a fight. However her predicament really prevents that. As the reader, it’s interesting to read how Alinthia handles not only her capture, but her separation. Instead of wallowing, which let’s face it most would, she faces it head on with determination. She never doubts her ability to escape and save her protectors which is admirable, if not a little cocky and reckless.
Her protectors on the other hand are at the mercy of Arantu and his daughter. Their storyline is dark and agonizing at times to read. Torture just doesn’t seem like an adequate word for what happens to them, specifically Dane. My heart broke over and over again, and it physically ached while my stomach turned at what I was reading. I’ll admit that even though I finished this book in one sitting, I had to step away a few times and skim a couple because it was too much for me. However Davis captures the raw pain of the characters beautifully.
Betrayal and Power
Most of this book takes place on two worlds: Earth with Alinthia and Alinthia’s home world with her protectors. I was curious as to how this would balance out. This series is billed as a reverse harem romance yet the boys are off planet and separated from Alinthia a majority of the story. My curiosity was satisfied 😀 In the previous books a few chapters are told from the boys’ POV and the same here.
As I already mentioned, Alinthia is dealing with betrayal, but she isn’t the only one. The boys are dealing with their handler’s betrayal and learning that everything they’ve been taught to believe isn’t true. The prophecy was twisted to fit Arantu’s agenda. Everything they thought they knew as fact is now put into question.
And Alinthia….well she is pushed to her breaking point. Her powers are becoming stronger and without the boys there to guide her she has to rely on the one person she doesn’t trust. I love how Davis shows Alinthia’s cunning here. It’s a character trait that was already present, but really fleshed out as Alinthia trains in the government facility.
Overall I loved The Warrior Princess….well as much as you can say you love a book filled with torture 😉 Alinthia’s growth, the boys torture, the confrontation with Arantu….it’s all written perfectly with emotion that bleeds off the pages. I cannot wait to read the next installment and see how Davis handles the healing and aftermath of the events in this one. If you enjoy science fiction romance, I highly recommend it!