Review: Rebel by Zoe Archer (Blades of the Rose #3)
October 26 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Yummy Man – Nathan Lesperance
Kick Ass Chick – Astrid Bramfield
“Nathan Lesperance is used to being different. He’s the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he’s always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free. Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed…Astrid has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world’s magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she’s loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan’s searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her: a burning need for adventure, for life – and perhaps even for love…”
“Rebel” is the third installment in Zoe Archer’s The Blades of the Rose series. These are pretty much stand alone stories but some of the characters do cross over from book to book. In this book, we meet Astrid. Her name was mentioned in previous books but we had yet to actually see her. Astrid is a former Blade (the world’s protectors of Magic and its Sources). She escaped to Canada’s Great North after her husband, also a Blade, was killed by the Heirs (the men who wish to control the world’s Magic). He died in Astird’s arms, so for her to want to leave and go far far away from everyone and everything is completely understandable. Her experience as a Blade has equipped her with the necessary skills to survive in the Territories and she feels she has the life she wants for herself. Until she meets Nathan Lesperance.
Lesperance is a Native attorney from Victoria. He is sent to the North West Territories by his firm in order to collect the belongings of one of his clients who died there. Actually, it was Astrid who discovered the body. Astrid is at the Outpost where Nathan must go and instantly they feel magic between them. Little did they know that it is actually magic! After Nathan is kidnapped by a group of Heirs and breaks free, Astrid finds him and brings him to her isolated cabin to tend to his wounds. But there is more to Nathan that meets the eye and the wondrous Northern Mountains are helping reveal parts of himself he never would have imagined. And since Astrid is used to magic, she is not shocked by what Nathan discovers of himself. In fact, she embraces it and helps him do the same. She completely accepts him…and he accepts her and her need to be in control of her life. There is a definite spark between the two but there wasn’t much of a mating dance. There was mutual admiration and respect that grew into love. But it makes sense for these two since they are somewhat understated in their personality. They are both stubborn and fierce and loyal and a little lost and find great companionship and love in each other. And Nathan is incredibly protective of Astrid even though she’s dealt with magical happenings before. I found that quite cute about him.
Let’s talk about the setting… (Go, Canada, Go). *Rolls eyes* Enough of that now. What I meant before I was rudely interrupted by some strange Canadian lady was that Zoe has such a wonderful way of illustrating her settings with words, the terrain just jumps off the page. Same thing happens when she talks about the Natives’ cultures and rituals. It’s hard to believe that Zoe has not visited Northern Canada or even Mongolia for “Warrior” or Greece for “Scoundrel”. You swear she’s been and lived there for some time. Actually, you feel like she has jumped onto a time machine and lived in these countries in 1875 (the time the books take place). She not only captures the times well, but she portrays them rightly.
And the lovin’ is steamy. I’m just throwing that in. There’s this one scene, in a shelter…wow. The characters are somewhat unassuming so it makes sense that the love scenes are too. That doesn’t mean they are not steamy. Because they are. Really quite steamy. That’s all I’m going to say.
The next book in the series, “Stranger”, is about Cattulus Graves. Cattulus is the only character that has appeared in every book. He’s the resident genius…but with pizazz and style. I can’t wait for his book. The way he has been built up just makes me feel like there is no one more deserving of his own happily ever after. But that also means that I expect his book to be super fantastic! (No pressure Zoe). “Stranger” hits stores November 23rd 2010.
As for “Rebel”, it continued the series nicely. I still hate those pompous Heirs and want them all to fall down a well. Filled with giant fire breathing cockroaches. In Antarctica. The characters continue to draw me in and the whole concept is still captivating me. Another fun and exciting adventure story.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’What the hell are you doing?’ she demanded.
‘Looking for whiskey,’ he growled over his shoulder. ‘Either you’re drunk or I need to be.’”
“With a crack of thunder, the sky opened. They were drenched in seconds. Nathan decided it was as good a time as any to recite the foulest curses and swears he knew.
Astrid watched him, unimpressed. Her eyes didn’t even widen.
‘Finished?’ she asked.
He repeated some of his favorites. ‘Now I’m finished.’”
Swoon worthy quote
“Everything. Everything was there, in his eyes. He held nothing back from her. Not his desire, not his fear, not his heart. He had given it to her, whether she felt prepared for the gift or not. He was completely unafraid in his vulnerability, and this made him even stronger.”