7944873The latest book to add to my shelf is done!  Warrior Avenged by Addison Fox, the second in The Sons of the Zodiac series.

I must admit I liked this one better than the first, I think because the leading lady was a bit stronger of character in some ways than the first.  It was a tad annoying that she kept passing out throughout the book, but there were good reasons for it and she had a strong personality despite the fainting spells.

Simple plot, it follows along the lines of book one.  In book one, the Leo Warrior of the North American sect of Zodiac Warriors fell in love and found his eternal mate.  In this one, it’s Kane Montegue’s turn, the Scorpio of this particular pocket of Warriors.

Only this time, instead of falling for a mortal woman with immortal powers as in the first installment, this time our Scorpio has to go and fall for an immortal named Ilsa who’s working for Hades.

There’s good chemistry between the two, and a lot of distrust.  See the first time Ilsa met Kane, she bedded him, drugged him, and stole a vial of his blood.  That it not really conducive towards a healthy relationship.  But of course since they’re so hot for each other, they find a way to work past it.

There were two things that could have been done a bit better and brought the story up a bit.  The first thing doesn’t show up until the very end, but I think it’s important.  The bad guy of the day is an evil sorcerer who burned Kane several hundred years ago, and who Ilsa stupidly made a deal with to fetch the vial of blood for.  Yeah…took him a bit to get past that…

Anyways, so much conflict revolves around this guy, and when he’s finally taken care of, 1: it’s not the Warriors who take him out and 2: he’s taken out so quickly I had to go back and make sure it was reading the pages right.  Basically there’s this big climatic battle, the focus shifts for a second from the battle to an individual, and when you go back to the battle the sorcerer is dead.  Just like that.  Literally, you look away for a second and it’s like WTF just happened?  Almost like an off-stage death in the theater.

The second thing is while you know that Kane was burned by the sorcerer, we’re never really given details.  See Kane fell in love with a woman several hundred years ago and was cursed by the sorcerer because of it.  The sorcerer just so happened to be the woman’s brother.

And that’s all we know.  We find out how exactly Kane was cursed, but not what lead to it.  We know the woman turned on Kane, we know why she turned, but not what she did that constituted ‘turning’ on him, and other details like that.  It just seems a bit incomplete to me.

But other than that, quite enjoyable.  This one changed my opinion on the series and I’m looking forward to the rest as they come out.

Next up, Spartacus Swords and Ashes. by J.M. Clements.  Based on the Starz series, I have high hopes for this one.  Here’s an excerpt from GoodReads:

13129771The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral Starz tv show, Spartacus. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. 

To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend. 

The first in a series of brand-new original Spartacus novels.