Title: The Warrior
Series: Dante Walker, #3
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Source: received a copy for the blog tour
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War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.
Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.
Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.
War between heaven and hell is finally coming and Dante feels desperate. He’s still upset about what happened in hell and he doesn’t believe he deserves to shake his guilt away. When enemies start showing up at places that are supposed to be safe and secure, Dante begins to wonder if someone has switched to the bad side. Can he find and kill the traitor before all hell breaks loose?
Even though Dante’s emotions are at war, he is still haughty, funny and at times, downright hilarious when he’s among people. But when he’s alone, his inner dialogue is a bit on the disconcerting side. I have to say, I’m not a fan of his dark, churning thoughts. I get that he has a lot on his mind but when he repeatedly thinks the same thing, it’s kinda boring. But if you ask me whether I prefer Dante as a collector or a liberator, my answer is definitely… LIBERATOR. Despite his assumption that he’s not cut out for good, Dante is GOOD. And working for the Big Guy suits him. He has an instinct to want to protect everyone from harm and when he does his thing to dissolve sin seals right before the big battle, my tears spill.
With a traitor among the liberators, I feel eager to wear my detective cap, hoping to figure out who this person is before it’s revealed in the book. Some of the clues are quite misleading but in the end, the revelation makes me feel a bit surprised, shocked and disappointed. There are things I haven’t seen coming and so I feel pleasantly surprised, but there are also things I find too obvious, making the revelation less interesting in my opinion.
But other than that, I have a very enjoyable time reading the story. New characters are introduced and I like that they help to bring out something in Dante that surprises him, and also me. It’s sweet to see him and Charlie together – I like that Dante’s love for Charlie is immeasurable and that he doesn’t shy away from expressing his love, even when there are people around. I also like that we get to know more about other characters like Kraven and Annabelle in this story. I wouldn’t have thought I’d find Kraven charming but he does astound me with some of his action and behavior here. Annabelle is strong and fearless and I like that she doesn’t back off from hardship even when she has other seemingly easier options to choose. The girl power theme is still very strong in this installment and I love that we get to see Charlie in action – she is such a force to be reckoned with – and I can see why Boss Man finds her a threat right from the very beginning.
The ending battle is hugely entertaining and I really like a lot of the things achieved by Dante, Charlie and their friends.
Overall, I’d say The Warrior is an enjoyable conclusion to the trilogy.
Note: I seldom find cocky characters appealing but Dante, surprisingly, manages to win me over and capture my heart.
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- Digital copy of THE COLLECTOR.