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Warrior (Doppelganger #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,859 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For the witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. But what happens when the doppelganger survives?

Mirage, a bounty hunter, lives by her wits and lethal fighting skills. She always gets her mark. But her new mission will take her into the shadowy world of witches, where her strength may not be a match against powe
Mass Market Paperback, 395 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Orbit (first published April 1st 2006)
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Jun 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In brief: This is a good book. An original world, interesting protagonists, a fun story, and a satisfying conclusion.

The book jumps back and forth between two points of view. Miryo is a young witch who must kill her doppelganger before she can control her own magic. Mirage is the doppelganger, a particularly gifted warrior and Hunter. Both characters are strong, independent, determined, and likable. Naturally, Miryo's mission to kill her double soon becomes far more complicated and messier than
Mirage is a bounty hunter, one of the best there is. Miryo is a witch, studying for her initiation tests. When Miryo fails, her teachers tell her that it's because she has a double -- Mirage -- whom Miryo must kill in order to control her powers and pass her initiation. It's a captivating premise, and the books live up to it. The worldbuilding is excellent, particularly in the second book, when we learn more about the witches' community and organization, and the magical system is intriguing and ...more
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I randomly picked up this book at the library because I liked the cover. I thought it was really good! I liked the original ideas, I liked the characters, the setting was interesting. I'm interested to read the second one.

Olga Godim
DNF page 163 of 405
I tried to read this author before, her Memoirs of Lady Trent series (I know it has many fans), but it didn’t work for me. I decided to try this one, but it didn’t work for me either. I’m not saying it is a bad book, but I couldn’t read it anymore. I wasn’t interested enough about the characters to continue with their journeys, and the writing scratched me as a little off. Too many named characters are confusing. The author has at least three monikers for everyone in the plot,
Patti Ashley
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebuilding of world's off the chart

You have to be patient with this book. It begins slowly building two separate worlds that in truth are entwined so much they cannot exist without each other. Too give details would spoil the plot but two women discover their hatred of each other's way of life was engineered through fear. To overcome it is the journey of the book. The characters are rich and complex.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. Witches are supposed to kill these doppelgangers to be able to practice magic. The jacket tells us this, yet the main witch character is not aware of it until pretty far in. I read the beginning thinking that the character knew that information, and that's not the case. It wasn't too big of an issue because there is a pretty interesting murder mystery to read about. The mystery solving became my main interest after I realized that I didn't love th ...more
A. E. S.
Pros: This novel has a really interesting take on magic: by song and dance, a witch can communicate with the five pentacles and "The Void", summoning The Goddess. On an unnamed continent unless I'm mistaken, witches and warriors with no magic live among each other. A witch named Miryo fails her magic final exam, and discovers that she has a doppleganger - a warrior with no magic that is her perfect twin. In order to rescue her powers and herself from certain destruction, she has been given one c ...more
C'est dommage de devoir attendre le milieu du roman pour avoir un peu d'action. C'est pourtant une histoire intéressante et un univers complexe. Je suis quand même curieuse de découvrir la suite.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have had this book around to read forever. I was excited to finally get to read it. I originally thought this was an urban fantasy but it is actually more of a swords and sorcery type fantasy. I ended up really loving the world and the characters. This book was also published under the title Warrior. There is sequel to this book which was published both as Warrior and Witch, and as Witch.

Mirage is a bounty hunter who has always survived by her wits and strength. Her and Eclipse get a job to hu
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I always hesitated when I saw this book because the cover always seemed way too close to the teen vampire romance books, and with the second in the series being called Witch I was very wary. But, I saw it in a used bookshop for just a few dollars and thought to give it a try.

My god am I glad I did.

The writing style is very nice, it flows very well through action sequences and down time. It never feels rushed, or too slow, the pace is always just right. It was easy to visualize all that happened
Joseph Teller
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I out off reading this books for a few years, to separate myself mentally on it from it's author, who I made acquaintance with while she was a student at Harvard University. I prefer to do that when I know an author personally, to get their work and sit on it for a while, so as not to influence my reception to the book based on my emotional reaction to the author as a person.

Doppelganger is a story two women, who on the onset appear emotionally and mentally to be very different persons living in
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
True Rating: 2.5 Stars

This book is very slow paced, which makes it easy to put down and difficult to immerse yourself in Brennan's world. The premise is a good one, and the plot is solid. I was not at all surprised with how the stories connected in the end, in fact, it was what I had been suspecting would happen. I was satisfied with the ending.
It was a shock to me that Miryo was 25. She had the mind of a teenager and continually thought and acted like one.

There was no romance in this book, whi
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Lord Of the Rings style writing
I really, really wanted to enjoy this book, but unfortunately I just couldn't. I found that I could make no connection to the characters, they were flat and a bit boring, especially Miryo. This was an excruciatingly slow book and I found that the names and made up language were tedious and made it hard to follow what was going on. It took half the book for the two main characters to meet up and then in one chapter they had resolved to not kill each other and became friends. I liked the idea of t ...more
Chrissy Wissler
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
One soul, two separate people. Neither know about each other, but when Miryo fails her initiation test to become a Witch and channel the magic she's spent 25 years studying for, the magic backlashes. Her soul is not complete, not while her doppelganger, the Warrior Mirage, still lives. To control her powers, Miryo has only one choice: to hunt the hunter and kill her.

This book was a nice break away from the traditional 'warrior women' stories circulating bookshelves. It has the same strong and de
A very slow start for me, it took a long time for me to read because the storyline didn't catch my interest or connect with me. I would pick it up to read and then put it down for months at a time, but I made a commitment to read all the books that I had started so I did, it was a little boring, don't get me wrong it was ok just not great. It had good parts but not very many of them, it was a slow go but very interesting how everything worked out and the conclusion had me hooked so I will probab ...more
Courtney Nicole
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
•There's a very slight Japanese touch to the book with the names which I really liked, but sadly that's as far as the touch went.
•Slow paced
•The world building was decent, I do think there could have been more though.
•Most of the book's focus was on the plot which took away from the characters and left them feeling underdeveloped.
•Miryo didn't read as 25 years old but more of a teenager, she frequently acted and thought like one.
•There's no romance in the book however, which is always a plus
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved these! I thought the whole concept was really refreshing and original. They were really well written and entertaining. I wish there were more.
If it ain't good I don't read it !
Uh wow selfish much let's hope this doppelgänger kicks her ass I've always wanted a twin er doppelganger that would be so f'in cool !
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A note, this book was originally published with the title Doppelgänger. If you read this one or the newer imprint entitled Warrior, it is the same.

This was a library find while checking an item in the same area. The premise sounded originally and interesting and it was. Miryo is a witch that has mostly passed her last exam, but finds her double meant to be killed as a baby is alive somewhere. This double has to be killed in order for her to be able to control and use her power. This is frighten
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This book had a very interesting premise.

What worked: The world building. Brennan built an amazingly intricate world that I would love to spend more time in. A medieval society that had elements of Western, Middle, and Eastern cultures. It wasn't an author's version of "Western Europe." This culture was unique. Each region and city was distinct, and although we didn't get all the details, you know the author had them. The witch society was the most developed/revealed to us. The hints Brennan dro
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it
When I first picked this book up off the shelf I knew I just had to have it. I mean, look at that cover! It just screams, "Buy me!" And so of course I obliged the voices in my head and bought it and it's sequel. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should have listened to the voices in my head. There was many aspects of this novel that I absolutely loved, and just a few that fell flat.

I love the premise for the story. Doppelganger's? How cool is that?! It's like having an evil twin, ex
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick and easy fantasy novel. I read it on the beach and enjoyed it. I thought the world-building was well-done, if a bit simplistic, so that everything was obvious by context and no time was wasted on exposition. All the characters were likable, but I wish there was more character development. I didn't invest much of a personal investment in any of them, and Eclipse (Mirage's partner) was basically just in the background the whole time. I don't think he did anything significant at all, so I w ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, fantasy
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story, but the pacing wasn't quite right (imho). The characters took a long time to find out information that was in the blurb for the book, so the revelation wasn't as revelatory for the reader. The characters themselves were a bit contradictory: eg the age of the character wasn't really reflected in their maturity (I thought she was about 12 for most of the book until it came up specifically). Interesting ideas though, and I liked the world being created.
Rebekah Estey
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Interesting world building and characters. Definitely a unique perspective on witches and non-magic users co-existing in the world.

Not too soapy either for a fantasy novel. The story focuses more on the characters' battles with what they were raised to believe and challenging societal norms. I speed read this one on the train and couldn't put it down.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-portland
Interesting concept, I would have liked a little more world building to help understand motives.
Deb O rah
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the concept of the world and the plight of the characters.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the world and the characters. fascinating concept, well delivered!
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, my-library
This book was FASCINATING. My three favorite aspects of any fantasy--characters, worldbuilding, and plot--were incredibly well balanced. I cannot wait to read the second book!
Stephanie Hickman
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great action and I really connected with the characters.
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