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Warrior (The Blades of the Rose #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  2,266 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for Capt. Gabriel Huntley, it’s become quite real and quite dangerous…

The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond—where what is real and what is imagined become terr
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Zebra Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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mark monday
he is an EX-SOLDIER!
she belongs to a SECRET SOCIETY!
this is a ROMANCE!
but it has a lot of ADVENTURE!
and MAGIC!
I liked all of that MONGOLIA!
she's no prude she wants to be an ADVENTURESS!
and also his WIFE!
he's your basic decent studly alpha male STEREOTYPE!
his eyes, his skin, his hair are colored in shades of GOLD!
he apparently smells like the WIND!
she is an accomplished ARCHER!
she really knows how to use a GUN!
also, she sure knows how to ride a HORSE!
the story was like a classic fas
Aug 14, 2010 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves romance with a hot warrior hero, action, adventure, magic, & steamy love scenes
5+ stars – Paranormal Romance

WOW! What an extraordinary, freakin’ fun read this was! I loved it! Warrior is one of the most unique, entertaining romances that I’ve read, with an exotic setting, captivating, complex characters that you’ll love, a thrilling combination of Victorian-era historical and paranormal, and an exciting, perfect mix of action, adventure, steampunk, magic, suspense, humor, and blistering hot love scenes.

And if you’re concerned or doubtful about the level of romance, no need
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
It's very true that if you do something well, people will notice. That's how I feel about this book. Zoe Archer did a fine job with Warrior. If I were to imagine a dream book based on my favorite historical action/adventure movies, with the romance ramped up, then this is a very good example.

Warrior has a couple that I totally loved. Gabriel is a man's man, and I adored him for it. He's not macho and overbearing. Nope. He's just a rough and tumble guy who's spent his life as a soldier, and it's
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

Set in 1874 Mongolia, Warrior is an action-packed Victorian romance with a nice dose of paranormal elements along the lines of the best Zoë Archer's trademark, starring a resourceful heroine and a rough-around-the-edges but honourable and charming hero.

When a dying man trusts him with a dangerous secret as soon as he sets foot in England after many years abroad, Captain Gabriel Huntley grasps the last opportunity to slake his thirst for adventure. The prospect of settling down in a Yorkshire to
Wow, I am so pleased that I picked this book up! It was EXCELLENT! I loved the world and the characters so much.

You know how most romances show the pov's of both the hero and heroine? But even then the focus is on the heroine's pov with the hero's pov sprinkled in occasionally? This book had the reverse and I loved it! We spent most of the book firmly in Gabriel Huntley's head. I'm so glad, because his narrative voice and the innate goodness in him made that the best seat in the house.

I loved bo
Lisa Kay
Before reading this book I thought the Mongolian steppes were like this:

Now I realize they can also be like this:

Animals of the Mongolian Steppe

Short legged camels.

Or a link for a closer look at camels and dogs (I love dogs!) with their owners.

Mongolian yak.
Russia, Mongolia and China - Mongolia yak Pictures, Images and Photos

Short legged horses.
baotou Pictures, Images and Photos
And a link entitled eagle hunter.
Another link to plain mongole and last, but not least, a good Sheppard and his angora goat.

Going through book, starting with Chapter 5.

(view spoiler)
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

“And what are these paragons called, who safeguard the world, and save England from herself?”

Before she even spoke, he knew that everything was about to change. And change forever.

“The Blades of the Rose.”

With the Blades of the Rose series, Zoe Archer has given us a fabulous new world. With characters that captivate and situations that are exciting and action packed, Warrior is a cross between Indiana Jones and The Mummy. Trying to fit this into a single genre is difficult because this story is
Reading Zoe Archer’s Warrior reminded me why I adore reading romantic adventures books! This book had everything I love in romance, two amazing lead characters in Gabriel and Thalia, a touch of magic and a ever spanning world weaved so subtly, you just want to get lost into the world of The Blades of the Rose.

To say this is “just a paranormal romance” or “just a adventure romance” would be putting this book to shame, it’s just so much more. While many PNR or series suffer the world-building syn
Wicked Incognito Now
There is nothing that is BAD about this book. It has all the right elements: interesting plot, interesting story, interesting characters, likeable characters, correct ratio of character interaction/dialogue/exposition. However, I just cannot stay interested in it. The prose is bland and draggy. I keep putting it down after read only a few pages.

I need the writing to have a bit more flair. There is too much telling and not enough showing. There are spots when the characters come to some interesti
Sep 06, 2010 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kinda defied my shelving system. I felt like I needed a vaginal-paranormalish-adventure tag, but that's weird to even type, so whatever.

WARNING: THERE ARE LOTS OF GRAPHIC NAUGHTY SCENES IN THIS. So there. It's definitely a romance book, but I think the plot surpasses the "genrefication". I LOVED this book, and even without the naughty bits I would have really enjoyed it, which is how I like to judge my more "romancy" reads.

This is like a Period Indiana Jones caper set in the corset ag
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Unusual Historical Romance! Victorian Era! Steampunk! An Exotic Place! Magic! Adventure! Action! Romance! And , a steamy read of course.... ;)

I want to go to Mongolia...

and meet a hero like Captain Gabriel Huntley...

Gerard Butler anyone? *wink

a steamy scene at Oasis?

Oh,yes, please!! *quiver*

A series t
Penny Watson
Jan 28, 2011 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fearless-fiction
Warrior by Zoë Archer

I am in love with this book.

I am so in love with this book, I want to marry it, have a honeymoon, give it a dozen roses, and buy it lingerie.

After a rocky beginning to 2011's romance reading--DNFing Touched By An Alien, almost DNFing Beast Behaving Badly, and discovering that Roarke, hero extraordinaire of JD Robb's In Death series, is actually a metrosexual pansy ass--I have discovered a treasure.

Zoë Archer has created a thing of beauty with this novel. It is the perfect ba
Warrior felt like one of those old adventure movies. A cross between Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and countless other Saturday afternoon movies from the days before VCRs, Warrior was full of thrills, excitement, magic, and adventure.

Warrior has a lot of things going for it: An original plot, an exotic setting, romance on the go, interesting characters, and magical contraptions.

Set in Mongolia in the 1870’s Warrior offers the rich background textures of the steppes, the desert, the Mongolian people
Mar 05, 2015 Joanita rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars, gr2016, 2016-rc

Gabriel Huntley has just resigned from the army, not quite looking forward to a tame life, but then after witnessing the brutal attack of a man in an alley, Gabriel is tasked with taking a strange message to a foreign land, which will bring him in close proximity to a woman unlike any he has ever met, and magic that he didn’t believe existed.

I enjoyed the romance in this book, although there wasn’t a lot of it. Most of the plot was about the journey Gabriel and Thalia undertook to procure and p

3.5 stars

On paper (no pun intended), Warrior had all the ingredients for a 5-star read – exotic location, action and adventure, steamy romance, appealing characters. And it did deliver in all these areas. Yet, the overall package still somehow missed its mark for me.

There was plenty to like about Warrior. For a start, I loved both Gabriel and Thalia. Thalia was a strong and capable heroine who remained realistic. Being English born but raised in Mongolia by her father, she doesn’t resemble the g
Beanbag Love
Dec 04, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another author found through Goodreads. This place is going to break me.

This book starts out in the thick of an action scene. A fight that our hero, Captain Gabriel Huntly, as jumped into. He doesn't like an unfair fight, you see.

That one heroic action leads him to Outer Mongolia, of all places, to deliver an important message and fulfill a duty to the man who saved his life. Gabriel's like that. Honorable to the end.

Thalia Burgess lives with her father in Outer Mongolia and longs to join the r
AMAZING! The whole book was this historical, adventure, romance with magical elements ride that kept me satisfied all the way through. I'm going to say it has a bit of steampunk elements in it, though I'm sure many people would flip out for classifying this masterpiece as that. Yes, I understand, it's not exactly steampunk. It has steampunk elements.

Our hero is Gabriel, a returning English Captain, who thought that he wanted a normal life with a normal job and family and all. Of course, just as
Sep 27, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be FANTASTIC! All except one small part in the book that was kinda slow for me I can't think of a thing that I did not love.

The hero and heroine where both wonderful characters. I could feel the love that they felt for each other jumping off of the pages and the love scenes where very well done.

The action was almost non stop which kept the pages turning.

The end battle was out of this world. The use of imagination was fa nominal in this bo
Bark's Book Nonsense
I must have started and stopped this book at least twenty times or so in the past few months, always putting it aside for something more pressing. I chalked it up to being over-extended but when I finally had a day to lounge around and do nothing but read I still had a heck of a time getting through it. And because I can’t pinpoint anything in particular that was wrong with the story, I am completely frustrated. The premise sounded good enough adventure, lust, and magic and all of my friends lov ...more
Zoe Archer is a NTM author and I went out and bought the 2nd book in the series before I finished this one. This was such a freaking great book. I won't get into details about the book as so many of our friends have done such a good job with that. To me this book was unique in the fact that we have a man and woman who are ideally suited for one another. The are both warriors in their own right and once they meet they see their better half.

When she needed to, Thalia stepped aside when it was mor
Excellent historical set in 1874ish, Mongolia--mostly--with two likable characters that held their own throughout the book. I had more than a few chuckles as I read, some grins and giggles, too. Some terrific one-liners.

Thalia was a delight to read about. She was strong, but not overly aggressive, and she had a good heart. Gabriel was a heartthrob. (sigh) When they met, it was instant fireworks. When they followed their attraction, it was HOT. My only minor gripe with this book is there weren't
Mixed feelings on this one. In a few words, characters were mostly yay, but the plot/adventure/mission was ho-hum.


Captain Gabriel Huntley, late of Her Majesty's Thirty-Third of foot, gets a fat, juicy 5+ star thumbs up. Gruff, unpolished, unrefined, he speaks bluntly, fights passionately, makes love wholeheartedly, and loves with his whole self. I loved his honesty and commitment. His lack of pretty words simply meant I knew he would always be a straight shooter and tell the truth of h
This book really defies my labeling system. It is... a historical adventure fantasy occasionally-steampunk-ish romance. And it is a lot of fun. Honestly, think Raiders of the Lost Ark and you won't be far off. With steaming tension between the leads and more naughty parts to the story.

The sections from Huntley's POV were hilarious. He is a real guy's guy - blunt, forthright, curses a lot. He also manages to be one of the most noble characters I can recall coming across, without being cheesy or a
Caroline The HEA Lover
May 23, 2010 Caroline The HEA Lover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2010, e-book
(This was originally posted on a Book Lovers,Inc)

I will admit that what first caught my eyes was the cover of this book. I find it gorgeous. (Indiana Jones anyone? lol) I remember seeing it on someone’s sidebar and I had to know more about this book. (see? it sometimes pay to be a cover whore *wink*). I loved the cover but that would not have been enough alone to win me over. The book synopsis promised a mix of adventure and historical romance. I was sold! I can’t thank Zoe Archer enough for sen
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
When Captain Gabriel Huntley comes to a lone mans defense when he discovers him being beaten in a dark alley, he doesn't realize that this one selfless act would set in motion a set of events that takes him from England to Outer Mongolia seeing things he never before imagined could be real. He certainly didn't see Thalia Burgess on the horizon, the strong, beautiful and unconventonal woman he soon realizes he would give his life to defend.

I love this book, right from the start it drew me in wit
I think if this had been advertised as historical romance instead of PNR, I wouldn't be sitting here wishing vainly for my $8 back. (Oh, and for those looking for steampunk romance, I'd highly recommend looking elsewhere unless all you're interested in are the occasional gadgets.)

The opening is strong--fun, adventurous, imaginative. The descriptions of Mongolia are well done, they seem well researched and visually striking. The storyline is pretty standard cross-country adventure to stop the vil
Feb 15, 2011 D.G. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, steampunk
I’m very torn about this book. On one hand, it had a really interesting setting but the central theme was a bit silly and the relationship between the hero and heroine was full of clichés. They were more original themselves but how they got together was very predictable and boring.

Things I liked:

• I’ve never read a book set in Mongolia so I was enthralled by the descriptions of the people and the places. The author really took some time to get the feeling for the land and their inhabitants and t
Lady Heather
Mar 22, 2011 Lady Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
WOW! This was such a good story and a wonderful surprise. There was magic, adventure, history and or course Romance!
The story features one Captain Gabriel Huntley who has just retired from the military after 15 years in His Majesties service. Capt. Huntley is returning home with the intention of finding a job and settling down with a wife and children...but fate had other plans for Mr. Huntley. Upon arriving in England, Mr. Huntley stumbles upon a man being beaten by a gang of men. Mr. Huntley t
I'd really say for me, Warrior was more of a 3.5 rating as a whole. The beginning kept me interested and the premise was built up well. I liked the characters and the fact that it had an actual realized plot besides the romance. However towards the middle it sort of lagged for me. I skimmed a good deal from there until towards the end. It picked up from there and it thankfully ended well. I suppose I just didn't get quite the excitement over it as other reviewers have. It is worth a read and I'l ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
I really enjoyed this book, the author concentrated on a very good story and characters really well written I also bought the second book before finishing this one. This is a wonderful romantic adventure with magic thrown in.
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Zoë Archer is a RITA award-nominated romance author whose stories are about smart, capable heroines and the heroes who love them. She is the author of the acclaimed Blades of the Rose series, as well as the Hellraiser, and Nemesis Unlimited series, among others. She also writes Regency-set romances as Eva Leigh. Visit her on the Web at
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“Now that I've found you, it scares me witless to think of anything happening. To you. I'm not used to being... afraid." A sudden realization came to her, "So this is love," she said quietly. "The daily prospect of joy or disaster” 39 likes
“Men," she said rueful, "are the most absurd creatures on this green earth." "But there are camels," Gabriel pointed out. "Believe me," she answered. "I've taken camels into consideration.” 13 likes
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