ARC Review: The Warrior



SERIES: Quest for Heroes, #2



THE WARRIOR is the second l book in Stephen Aryan’s Quest for Heroes duology, following up THE COWARD.

A few years have passed, and reluctant hero Kell is now reluctant King Kell. The narrative splits pretty much in two, with Kell called away on another deadly quest and his queen, Sigrid, left to defend the country against Reverend Mother and more of her schemes.

THE WARRIOR doesn’t have the chilly, desolate atmosphere of the frozen landscape in THE COWARD, but it does expand the world Aryan has created. There are new threats, new characters, and new landscapes to explore.

I really enjoyed the new characters introduced in this book, particularly Kell’s guardian’s for this latest quest, Odd and Yarra. Aryan has a real knack for developing characters and making them relatable in very short amounts of time. My absolute favourite character in this instalment was Sigrid. Her character did appear in THE COWARD but she really comes into her own as a leading character in THE WARRIOR. She’s a fabulous female character, who demonstrates various types of strength (not only martial) as the story progresses. As much as I enjoyed Kell’s quest (which is action-packed and full of dramatic fight-sequences), I loved Sigrid’s chapters, which have some more politicking and strategizing along with their battle scenes.

A epic-feeling fantasy adventure quest that really rounds out this solid duology.

The story of Kell Kressia continues in Book II of the gripping fantasy duology. Kell, two time saviour of the Five Kingdoms, is now the King of Algany. He has fame, power, respect, and has never been more miserable…

Bound, by duty and responsibility, Kell is King only in name. Trapped in a loveless marriage, he leaves affairs of state to his wife, Sigrid. When his old friend, Willow, turns up asking him to go on a journey to her homeland he can’t wait to leave.

The Malice, a malevolent poison that alters everything it infects, runs rampant across Willow’s homeland. Desperate to find a cure her cousin, Ravvi, is willing to try a dark ritual which could damn her people forever. Journeying to a distant land, Kell and his companions must stop Ravvi before it’s too late. While Kell is away Reverend Mother Britak’s plans come to a head. Queen Sigrid must find a way to protect her family and her nation, but against such a ruthless opponent, something has to give…

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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