ARC Review: Ancient Warrior by Katie Reus

Title: Ancient Warrior

Author: Katie Reus

Series: Ancients Rising #8

Pages: 276

Release Date: April 11, 2023

4 stars out of five
4 stars – It was really good

Before the Fall, tiger shifter Harlow worked in Black Ops with the man she loved, until he tried to kill her. She was forced to kill him first. Over fifteen years later he returns and is determined to get an answer about what happened. 

I really loved this. I have been waiting for the tiger twin’s books for a while now and we got both of them in one go, which was a lovely surprise. Harlow is a fierce woman who had to kill the man she loved to save herself. Watching her realize that Aodh is still alive and that she wants another chance at happiness was so emotional and perfect. I loved seeing these two embrace their second chance with minimal angst and go all in. 

“He was hers and she was his. No matter what happened, no matter what the universe threw their way, she was mated to the male she loved.”

Aodh was a fierce and protective dragon. I loved that he respected Harlow’s abilities and supported her during missions. He never got pushy or tried to stop her from doing something dangerous, which is my favorite kind of alpha hero. Like I said, I loved how Aodh embraced his second chance and jumped all into winning Harlow over again once the truth about his imprisonment was revealed. 

The witch that imprisoned Aodh was very interesting. Energy witches are a new paranormal for this world and they are very dangerous. The hunt for this witch was exciting and gave us another look at the fae realms.  I like that we continue to get new paranormals and unique enemies in this series. Reus really has created some amazing characters and villains for this series. 

This book gives us a second mating, which was a wonderful surprise. Brielle, Harlow’s twin, finds her mate in the fae realm while they are hunting the witch. She was a fascinating character and I really hope we learn more about her in future books because I want to see more of her abilities and their romance. Overall, this was another wonderful couple and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. 

Trigger Warnings: Aodh was poisoned and imprisoned for years. Harlow believed she killed Aodh to protect herself and lived with the guilt of it; mass murder (including children) referenced; 

*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. Ancient Protector
  2. Ancient Enemy
  3. Ancient Enforcer
  4. Ancient Vendetta
  5. Ancient Retribution
  6. Ancient Vengeance
  7. Ancient Sentinel

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