Wishes Come True

The Warrior by Kathleen Nance
(LoveSpell, $5.99, PG) ISBN 0-5-5-52417-1
Armond Marceux is back in Callie Gabrielís life, though neither of them knows why. Armond has amnesia and he is sure of two things: he wants to be with Callie and that he is different. Callie doesnít know Armond has lost his memory. She doesnít know heís forgotten the night they made love and she got pregnant.

There is another reason they are together. Hera, Zeus and Dionysius, all of whom have been kicked out of d-Alphus, have been atoning for past misdeeds by matchmaking. The males rather enjoy life on earth since d-Alphus has become boring, especially now that men no longer believe in them.

This part of the plot was interesting but a little mystifying since apparently more was explained in the previous novel in the series. The Greek gods are taking a particular interest in Armond and Callie and arenít above using a bit of their fast-waning powers to help the path of love. But all is not well there, either. Hera is desperate to head back for d-Alphus and home. Zeus doesnít want her to leave him.

While The Warrior takes place on mortal earth, there is more than one fantasy element in the story. Armond, who is only half-mortal (though he is unaware of that fact), has extraordinary powers which have stayed even though his memory left. He is able to sense when people are guilty. He knows Callie isnít - but his senses seem heightened and he is very aware of others who are.

Callie and Armondís love story is interesting, as is the interaction among the earth-bound Hera, Zeus and Dionysis. (I sometimes felt the trio interrupted the flow of the romance but I was soon interested and amused enough to be willing to let them barge on in.) Callie is a vegetarian chef who knows sheís something of a disgrace to the fiercely independent Gabriel women. Those women never marry and they always have girl descendants. She knows marriage isnít in her future - especially to someone like Armond.

Armond is a definite Alpha male who often neglects the people he loves in his quest to protect the innocent and bring the guilty to justice. Callie had problems with that before. She wants a lover who will stay with her, even though other Gabriels have never felt this need.

While the writing in The Warrior is good and the fantasy elements work well, it wasnít always compelling. The plot is worth reading but, as part of a series, it suffers from the middle book syndrome. Things canít be resolved yet and the beginning hasnít been laid out. The reader, especially one who hasnít read the rest of the series, sometimes feels a little left out. What exactly has happened and how it will be resolved?

On the other hand, while Iím not entirely sure of some things, I know I wouldnít mind reading the next one in the series. The unexpected fantasy and much of the suspense elements definitely kept me turning the pages.

--Irene Williams

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