Cool! A paranormal romance set in the Middle Ages with tortured heroes, brave heroines, and a wickedly evil witch! “Immortal Warrior” is the first book in a new ‘Immortal Brotherhood’ series by Lisa Hendrix and if you like your paranormal in a different setting, this just might be for you. This first story has a lot of world building which was sometimes irritating, but necessary to set up the rules and boundaries of Hendrix’ creatures.
Ivo has been around for a long, long time. His curse changes him into an eagle by day and back into a man each night. This transformation has kept him apart from humanity for so long as he can’t risk discovery. Just because he’s immortal doesn’t mean he can’t feel pain. His loneliness and the thrill of battle led him into contact with humans, and now he’s come to the attention of the king. For his latest reward he requests a castle. He gets a castle…and the woman in it too.
Alaida is tired of being besieged by prospective husbands…especially since they’re beginning to lose patience with wooing and she’s pretty sure at least one is contemplating force. So when yet another group of three knights appears at her gate, she dutifully goes to greet them intending to turn them away if possible. Instead, she learns her grandfather is a prisoner of the king and the beautiful man looking at her with fire in his eyes is her new lord…and soon to be husband.
This first story did stretch my credulity a bit. I thought a strong female like Alaida would be a little more aggressive with finding out why her husband is gone every day! And how the super-sexy Ivo managed to restrain himself was another sore point for me. But overall, I did enjoy the characters and the story and I think the setting actually helped with both the above. There was quite a bit of relationship building instead of just action and sex and I enjoyed that change of pace. I was even a bit surprised by exactly how the ending played out and that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.
I definitely want to get the next book, “Immortal Outlaw”, which comes out in June 2009 and see where the author intends to take her series next.