Title: Warlord Sky
Author: Cynthia Sax
Series: Chamele Barbarian Warlords #1
TW: child abuse, reference to forced sterilization
Qulpa lost everything in the Succession Wars. Flying is the only thing left that brings him joy but after being injured in a horrible crash he doesn’t know if he will ever fly again. Meeting his mate, Nayan, is the last thing he expects.
This was a very good start for a new series. Qulpa is an older male who has given up on ever finding a mate. Right when he thinks he is losing everything he loves, he finds Nayan the Head of Ship and Weapons Design. Nayan is extremely smart and is great with machines. She spends her time in the lab building new weapons and ships with only her robots as friends. She is hiding a secret that keeps her on the outskirts of Chamele society. I loved Nayan, and her machines, from the very beginning. She was a genius with machines and surprisingly dangerous when she needs to be.
“You’re my home, the sanctuary I would die to protect, the ground I touch down on after every flight, the source of my happiness, my strength, my present and my future. There’s no one in the universe like you, and I’m awestruck I’m the fortunate warrior to hold you every rest cycle.”
Qulpa and Nayan’s relationship, while a fated mate one, isn’t instantaneous. Nayan’s past has made her leery of trusting anyone and that makes her push him away in the beginning. I liked that Qulpa had to woo her and win her trust. I made their relationship stronger because they knew they could count on each other.
Overall, this was a great couple and a great start to this new series. I am very interested in learning more about the Chamele worlds and culture. Hopefully we will see more of Nayan and her little bots in future books.