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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Review: Rebel by Zoe Archer

On the Canadian frontier in 1875, nature is a harsh mistress. But the supernatural can really do you in...

A Lone Wolf

Nathan Lesperance is used to being different. He's the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he's always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free. Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed...

And The Woman Who Left The Pack

Astrid has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world's magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she's loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan's searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her: a burning need for adventure, for life—and perhaps even for love... *Summary from back cover*

Rebel is book 3 in the Blades of the Rose series by Zoe Archer. Nathan Lesperance is thrust into the middle of long standing war between the Blades of the Rose, protectors of magic and the Heirs of Albion, the men who wish to control all magic for power. Clueless to his own deep ties into magic, Nathan experiences an immediate connection when he first meets widow, Astrid Bramfield. After a brutal attack, Nathan and Astrid embark upon a journey that will help Nathan uncover his past and help build their relationship.

This is the first book I’ve read in this series and I have to say I’m in total awe. Archer’s writing style immediately sucks the reader into the story of Nathan and Astrid. She also goes into great detail about each character that allows you to connect with them and the relationship they try to build.

Astrid is a strongly independent woman who knows how to take care of herself. After the death of her husband, she drops out of the Blades of the Rose and moves into the mountains to create a wall of isolation between herself and her family and friends. Nathan is stuck between two worlds. He’s a Native American who is seen as an oddity in the “white man’s” culture and as an “outsider” to the Native American culture. As the story unfolds, you learn about his past and how he’s much more connected to the Northern Territory than he could have ever imagined.

While I enjoy a good western (visually), I’ve never taken the time to read a western-themed paranormal book and Rebel was definitely worth the reading time. Archer clearly has a flair for mixing the paranormal with the life and times of the 1800’s. It almost has a “steam punk” feel to it with some of the tools and instruments used by other characters in the book.

It’s clear that Rebel is part of a series, but you can pick up this book and not feel like you’re being plopped into the middles of storyline. You’ have the complete picture of where things stand in one book. I will warn you though, it’s enough to make you go out and pick up the first two books, Warrior and Scoundrel. Rebel also sets the reader up for Book 4, Stranger, which is Blade of the Rose member, Catullus Graves’ story. One interesting fact – Graves is an African American – which has me intrigued enough to add Stranger to my TBR list. I’m looking forward to see how Archer writes out his story during that timeline.


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2 comments:

Mandi said...

Nice review..I really liked this one too.

And Catullus is a favorite of mine!

Lynette said...

Stranger because of my boyfriend Cattullus was my favorite but I also loved Scoundrel, the plot of that one was the best in the series and Bennett wasn't anything to sneeze at either. LOL!

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