IMMORTAL WARRIOR by Lisa Hendrix
Release Date: November 2008
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley Sensation
Source: Bought this when it first came out but it sat in the TBR until now.
Series: Immortal Brotherhood Series Book #1
He came to England in search of treasure. Two hundred years later, he’s found her…
Ivar Graycloak is a brave warrior, a man known for his strength and integrity. He is also a man with a terrible secret. Long ago he was part of a Viking crew cursed by an evil sorceress to live for eternity as were-creatures. An eagle by day and a man by night, Ivar has lived a solitary existence for over two centuries. Then the king orders him to marry.
Lady Alaida is everything a man could want in a bride—intelligent, spirited, and beautiful—and their wedding night is a balm to Ivar’s lonely spirit. Then a seer brings him word of a dark vision, one that makes Ivar vow to stay away from his lovely wife forever. But now that Ivar has sampled Alaida’s passion, her humor and warmth, he is enthralled. His traitorous body-his very heart-longs for that which he can never possess.
Lady Alaida may surprise him yet, though, for she has a power of her own-a power that will either destroy everything they hold dear or ultimately set them free…
It’s been years since I read Lisa Hendrix. I’m one of those anal “read-in-order-at-all-possible-times” readers so when I knew she had a new series out, I wasn’t in that much of a rush to read it. Bought it, yes, but it sat in the TBR until a few weeks ago when I decided this would fit perfectly in Keishon’s 2010TBR Reading Challenge.
Here we have Ivar/Ivo who is cursed to be an eagle during the day and man at night because of a curse put on him and his friends after one of them killed the son of a wickedly evil sorceress. After years of working for the King, Ivar is rewarded with land but told he has to marry the heiress to get access to it. This has been something Ivar has dreamed of. Having a place to call home, even if he has a secret he must keep hidden.
Alaida is the heiress to her grandfather’s keep and as such has had several not to nice men trying to win her hand in marriage. She wants none of them but can do nothing but wait them out and hope they finally get tired of waiting for her to say yes. Ivar showing up and claiming her and the keep shakes things up. She’ll marry him because the King said so but she plans to leave and seek sanctuary at a convent as soon as she can. Of course things don’t go as she planned and she decides to give Ivo a chance.
If I was going to grade this on just the story, minus the Epilogue, I think it could have and would have very likely been a 4.5 for me as I really did like Ivo and Alaida together, not to mention his friends, Brand and Ari. I could feel Alaida’s frustration at Ivo’s daily disappearances and her struggle to learn more of her husband. Could feel Ivo’s misery that this curse was placed on him and he truly thought there was no end in sight from it. My only issue with this book was that the Epilogue went so far into the future that it showed Ivo and Alaida’s death, yes, 40 years later, but still, I have quirk that I’d rather not see the deaths of the characters in the same book where they got together in. Call me strange but that’s just me.
I know it was Ms. Hendrix’s way of showing the readers that the curse had finally broken and the rest of the men that had been cursed too would now know there was a way to break their own curse and I got that. Really, I did. It was just sad to see them finally be able to be together day and night and then boom! in the epilogue, we read of their deaths.
I was actually debating about continuing this series when I finished this one but a Twitter conversation between Ms. Hendrix and I made me change my mind. Although I didn’t come right out and say what book I had read, from my hints about it, she knew I was talking about IMMORTAL WARRIOR and we exchanged several tweets about it. She promised me no killing of hero & heroine in book 2 so I took her on her word and decided to read that one, too. I’ve said this before to my friends and I’ll say it again, I truly am a very demanding reader when it comes to my romance books.
For readers who want a fast-paced, riveting paranormal romance, this is the one for you.
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