Review by Riley
About Shadow Warrior
Taya and Garek have survived the worst of what the sky raiders and their own fellow Illians have thrown at them. But now, they’ll have to deal with both their enemies working together.
As three of the Illian states close in on what they see as the weakness of West Lathor, Garek and Taya have to shore up their defences, call in favors, and forge friendships with whoever they can to protect their friends and family. When the signs that there is an alliance between an Illian liege and the sky raiders becomes harder to ignore, they have to face the fact that they may be defeated.
The arrival of a new group of sky raiders, looking for information and help, opens up a new possibility. Garek sees no choice but to make a deal with the devil, but the gamble is, will the enemy of their enemy help them, or betray them?
Review of Shadow Warrior
I was wondering how the author was going to tie things up in the Sky Raiders series.
On the one hand, there is alien race that had been taking hostages to use as slave labor. The sky raiders have the white lightning that paralyses humans and the space ships that give them a huge tactical advantage. But though they are technologically more advanced, the aliens are at a disadvantage in the in an environment that is toxic to them. But they are risking it for the shadow ore.
On the other hand, there is much internal conflict on this world. West Lathor’s leadership is in question and so they seem to be ripe for invasion. Their primary protection, the Iron Guard, have run off. So, at the urging of Habred, liege of Harven, three countries bring their armies to invade. Harven is also using the aliens in secret, and his people would not approve.
The thing is, Michelle Diener has done an awesome job working out the details and final drama of the Sky Raiders story. Taya and Garek, the heroine and hero from books 1 and 2 continue to spearhead the good guys side. Only these two seem to be able to convince the disparate parties to do what needs to be done. That includes the Iron Guard, Aidan liege of Juli, Susa liege of Dartalia and even ambassadors of the invading countries. This is no small task and if Garek had not had his own sky raider ship to quickly travel between the important parties, time would probably have prevented them from allying in time to meet the invasion. Then there are the smaller details, like Taya’s relationship with the Iron Guard that results in the Shadow Warriors. I won’t explain further, you will have to read about that. Finally, the ability of some Illyians to call power from the elements, is ever present in all three books but is wholly embraced in Shadow Warriors. Ms. Diener’s attention to all these details in bringing a very satisfying conclusion to this trilogy is probably what I appreciate most. I am also in awe.
I highly recommend reading the series in order. Shadow Warrior has a great ‘The Story So Far’ section to help remind you where the story is. But really, to do justice to this great arc, read the entire series.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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