Author: H.D. Gordon
Release: September 5, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
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Recommend: Leisha says, “…it is an exciting and fast-paced read from cover to cover.”
Review by Leisha
As many experienced readers will tell you, the first book in a new series is often the most difficult for both the reader and the author. The author has to lay the groundwork of the long-term plot, create a successful and exciting short-term plot, and establish characters and their personalities. In addition to all of this, the author must also convince the reader to keep reading not just the first book but those that will follow in the series. Congratulations H.D. Gordon, I’m hooked!
Blood Warrior is Gordon’s first book in the Alexandra Montgomery Saga and it is an exciting and fast-paced read from cover to cover. Alexandra Montgomery is not like other girls: her mother has been training her ruthlessly and relentlessly since she was old enough to walk and to hit back; she is an absolute outcast at school; and she’s not truly human. One night the Lamia attack and although Alexa and her younger sister Nelly are able to escape with their lives, their mother is not as lucky. Alexa soon learns that everything she knows is a lie.
Alexa discovers who she really is and her role according to the legends. Alexa also learns that her younger sister and best friend Jackson are not who they appear to be.And just because it’s fun to kick someone while they’re down, Alexa also discovers that she has to quite literally fight for her spot within the Two Rivers warrior school. No pressure there, right? Alexa discovers a very disturbing aspect of her nature: she loves fighting and has great difficulty controlling her desire to kill her opponents. Enter Kayden, the totally lickable warrior who is a Libra, or the balance to Alexa’s inner demons.
For the first time in her life, Alexa feels like she actually belongs and fits in somewhere in the world. She does well in her classes, her on-going training is turning her into an even better fighter. But there is something wrong in Two Rivers and a very large number of citizen’s keep slyly reminding Alexa of her destiny. But in order to be a teenage savior, Alexa first has to figure out what exactly is wrong within the confines of Two Rivers.
Gordon’s story is fast-paced, exciting, and full of characters that the reader connects with fairly quickly and wants to know more about. Alexa is a strong female lead, Jackson is delightfully weird, and Kayden is a source of steamy tension. Gordon resolves the short-term plot quite nicely while the tidbits with regard to the long-term plot are decidedly enticing. The content is absolutely appropriate for a young adult audience while still very appealing to an older audience.
The bottom line: I am absolutely ready for book two of the Alexandra Montgomery saga.