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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Rebel Warrior by Regan Walker / @regansreview



Title: Rebel Warrior
Series: Medieval Warriors, Book 3
Author: Regan Walker
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Genre: Historical (Medieval), Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Regan Walker


When your destiny lies far from where you began …

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The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to flee to Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.

The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon! Though Catrìona captures Steinar’s attention, he is only a scribe and she is promised to another.

Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The man she thought to wed will soon betray her.

When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?

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Despite the synopsis, Steiner and Catriona surpassed my expectations. I had these preconceived notions of what both were going to be like--Steiner a man hell-bent on proving himself worthy of his sword, Catriona lost and a total watering pot.

Thank you, Ms. Walker, for obliterating those notions with very little effort.

Steiner and Catriona are, indeed, characters worth getting to know. Their lives are forever changed, the destinies they once envisioned now dashed away because of war. Yet Fate is kind and brings them together, igniting a hope in both for a chance at something neither dreamed possible.

The obstacles they face aren't small. In a time when marriages were arranged, they understand their futures aren't really their own. But their feelings for one another aren't easily ignored, cast aside, or unnoticed by others. That last part, unnoticed by others, really threw me. In a world as large as Court, I figured it'd be easy for one lady in waiting to fly under the radar, you know? A Queen has many attendants. Why should she care about one?

I'm not a big history buff. It was my worst subject throughout school. Queens, to my recollection, weren't exactly the nicest women around. But Queen Margaret had me rethinking what I remembered. She stood in Catriona's corner, unbeknownst to Catriona and Steiner, quietly urging her husband to forsake tradition and allow the lady to choose. I know, ultimately, the King can do what he pleases but how cool is that knowledge? To know, as a reader, that Catriona had such a powerful ally in the wings doing what she could to give her love and happiness?

In my library, there are three Medieval romance authors I read. The first is Regan Walker, the second Kathryn Le Veque, and the third is Rue Allyn. While all three women write incredible Medieval romances, I read Ms. Le Veque and Ms. Allyn because of Ms. Walker. The ability to seamlessly sew history into fiction is an ability Ms. Walker continues to amaze me with. Rebel Warrior is not only an excellent display of that ability but also of her writing skills in general. She brings to life men and women who triumph over obstacles and gain the life they deserve. They are men of honor and valor who are willing to prove themselves worthy of their lady loves. They are women strong and compassionate who see the man behind the position, the armor, their duty, and are willing to stand by them no matter what comes.

I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but if you haven't read anything by Ms. Walker, I really hope you do. Medieval romances aren't for everyone, sure weren't for me at first, but these stories just might change your mind.




Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She has five times been featured on USA TODAY's HEA blog and four times nominated for the prestigious RONE award (her novel, The Red Wolf's Prize won Best Historical Novel for 2015 in the medieval category). Regan writes historically authentic novels where history is a character and her readers experience adventure as well as love.

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