The Warlord

HQN: Harlequin. (Rise of the Warlords, Bk. 1). Apr. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781335926661. $25.99. SF ROMANCE
In her latest book, Showalter spins off her popular “Lords of the Underworld” series and one of its fan-favorite characters. Taliyah Skyhawk has been working for a long time to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. Then she finds herself unexpectedly married to Roc, leader of the Astra Planeta. Roc has been in command, ruthlessly sacrificing for his people, in a seemingly never-ending war. He must now decide whether to sacrifice his new wife or allow himself to give up on his destiny.
VERDICT Fans of Showalter’s long-running series will be elated to finally have a story with Taliyah as the main character, while new readers will be able to step into the established world at the start of a new story arc. For fans of paranormal romance with snarky characters and quippy lines.
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