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Sworn to vengeance. Blinded by love. Only one thing can bend a body of steel and melt a heart of ice.Read the first chapter! Walker, an earth shaman, has dedicated his life to the annihilation of the demon warriors who destroyed his desert tribe. As the lone survivor of the massacre, he atones by wreaking vengeance as a lethal mercenary. But his latest captive is a confusSworn to vengeance. Blinded by love. Only one thing can bend a body of steel and melt a heart of ice.Read the first chapter! Walker, an earth shaman, has dedicated his life to the annihilation of the demon warriors who destroyed his desert tribe. As the lone survivor of the massacre, he atones by wreaking vengeance as a lethal mercenary. But his latest captive is a confusing, infuriating challenge.She is the assassin Mehcredi, forced to work alongside Walker as penance for her crimes. Abandoned as a child, Mehcredi has no concept of human relationships, no reserve, no fears, and she boldly walks through Walker’s barriers as if they were mist.Embarking on a journey of naked revenge — and pure ecstasy — they will discover pleasures once alien to them both. But in their shadow is the most powerful and reviled demon warrior of them all—the Necromancer. He’s vowed to destroy Walker and Mehcredi once and forever, even if he must hold the entire world ransom to do it......

Title : The Lone Warrior
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ISBN : 9780425240915
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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The Lone Warrior Reviews

  • Ashley
    2019-02-21 19:47

    4.5 STARS!!!My Review:The Plot:From the moment of her birth, Mehcredi the Assassin has suffered cruelly beneath the vise grip of abuse, neglect, and torture. Abandoned mere moments after arriving into the world, first, with the death of her mother and then with sheer neglect from a would be father who ceases from that very minute to ever acknowledge their relation, Mehcredi is literally left to her own devices. Live or die, no one cares. Surviving not out the generosity of others, instead, Mehcredi is naught but a beggar of scraps, a non-member who is relegated to the lowest of the lows within Lonefell Keep. She is nothing if not a dog and is treated deliberately as such. But deep within Mehcredi lies her only saving grace: her unshakable will to survive and an unmatched bravery that's driven by both child-like ignorance and a heart with the power to bridge even the most shielded of souls. The last surviving member of the Shar, a desert tribal people, Walker has made it his duty to avenge his family and rid the world of the demon wielding diablomen that murdered his people to extinction. Unlike Mehcredi, Walker grew up within the comforting bonds of familial love and protection but this upbringing has only served to make his loneliness and his utter isolation that much more acute. When Mehcredi, the fledgling assassin, strikes one of his friends, Walker can only feel an all consuming anger as he bears witness once again of a person intent on murdering another for nothing but selfish gain. Seizing Mehcredi, he enslaves her to his side, marking her with his shaman's magic but nothing could prepare him for the pestering and surprising innocence of his assassin.Eventually abandoning Lonefell Keep, Mehcredi embarks on a troubled life as a failing assassin. Failing in that she can't even terminate her one and only mark with a supposedly infallible chemical agent. Instead, she doses the wrong guy! Now, captured by Walker, she's to serve her penance as a slave. While one should perhaps dislike their captor, Mehcredi feels a tantalizing draw to the solemnly cold warrior that has become the center of her world. He doesn't lie to her. He doesn't call her names or physically abuse her. Instead, he's provides her with a home, a full belly, and chores to keep her occupied. He even teaches her things. All of this culminates with Mehcredi developing curious and never before experienced emotions for the warrior. Walker makes her desire not only his praise and friendship but his touch as well. And even with what appears to be hostility on his part, Mehcredi is nothing if not determined.When Walker receives word that the last diabloman has vacated the safety of his palace, he doesn't hesitate before planning a trip that's to be his final effort in exacting his revenge. A trip that will bring Walker within heartbreaking distance of his homeland, a world now laid barren after the loss of the Shar. Curiously, Walker is determined to take Mehcredi along. Besides, his mark demands that she stay close until removed. And while there are several reasons for Walker to remove the mark, its not permanent after all, there are also several reasons he can conjure on why he should not. None of which he's willing to look too closely at.Bound together on a journey rife with danger, Walker and Mehcredi are forced to rely on each other for their very survival. Through sheer innocence and a mile wide stubbornness, Mehcredi slowly seduces her solemn warrior both consciously and unconsciously. And while Walker does his best to resist, he finds himself confiding in Mehcredi things that he's never told another soul and with that trust comes his need to claim. But when a danger unlike any before threatens their lives and those of their friends, Walker and Mehcredi will have to fight for more than just their survival, they'll have to protect the fragile love that's blossomed between them and the hope that they stay alive long enough to witness it grow.The Heroine:Neglected since birth, Mehcredi is totally unfamiliar with emotions and actions that socialized individuals take completely for granted. And when a person is repeatedly called stupid, no matter what their level of intelligence may be, they eventually believe the sentiment to be truth. Thus, Mehcredi beats herself harshly over the head for her social ineptness yet remarkably, she remains wonderfully untainted by both her own cruel recriminations and those stated by others. Instead, she retains a child's innocence and wide-eyed wonder that effortlessly bridges her self conviction of stupidity and therefore, Mehcredi can't stop herself from jumping at the chance to learn something new. In fact, Mehcredi's starving for knowledge.For Mehcredi, Walker is her savior. He's the bringer of her humanity and she soon lives for nothing but his stoic and limited praise. But as Mehcredi becomes more knowledgeable of human emotion and social interactions, her eyes open with dawning understanding. Her warrior is heartbreaking isolated. No one seems to care for Walker. They respect and honor him but because he's coated with a barrier of ice, no one is brave enough to delve any deeper. With this understanding, Mehcredi becomes voracious for more, more of what Walker is thinking and feeling and wanting. She aches with want for her warrior and she'll do everything she can to bridge Walker's desolate soul and bring them the happiness they both deserve.The Hero:Blood and violence and death soaks the memories of Walker's family, of his people the Shar. He's the only survivor after the invading Diablomen and their demons desecrated their land and their lives. Now, there's no other soul that can converse in his language or knows his true name. Carrying the burden of a history that will perish with his inevitable death, Walker walks through life utterly isolated., some of which by his own making. His pain is so great and weighs so heavily upon his thoughts and soul that stoicism is all he can offer to those around him. Walker's only determination to live springs solely from his need to avenge his lost people.Mehcredi is a burst of sunshine that radiates light unwaveringly upon Walker's dark and desolate soul. Her innocence sparks his desire to protect while her tall, lithe and skillful form brings him pride in his teachings. Her openness and beguiling nature coaxes Walker into confiding his dark secrets that no one but his own heart knows gifting him with a measure of relief from their heavy burden. And finally, Mehcredi's direct and sensual nature leaves Walker's determined resistance in shocking crumbles. She unnerves him in every way but she's also become an addiction that he can't quit but one he must. Walker's feeling of inadequacy, of his past arrogance and its impact on the loss of his people makes him feel unworthy of Mehcredi's love. He feels that she deserves better and he'll throw his heart and soul into making sure she acquires the happiness she deserves. And somehow, someway, he'll manage to control the love that consumes him for his beautiful assassin.My Final Thoughts:An endless well of emotional complexities, THE LONE WARRIOR is a soulful epic destined to leave you breathless. Fearless in every way, Denise Rossetti tackles two incredibly multifaceted characters, gifting them the time and space to grow believably into themselves and their love. Dark but strong, Walker draws both Mehcredi and the reader into his painful heartache. He's a lone warrior drawing out all of our feminine protective instincts to the forefront. Jaded horrifically regarding death and violence, Mehcredi adds much needed light to Walker's soul. Her innocence gifts both Walker and the reader with the chance to relive human emotions that we take for granted such as anger, guilt, desire and love. These are not unfamiliar to the reader but to Mehcredi they are and to re-experience the impact of what makes us human is exhilarating. And Rossetti doesn't short change this pairing. She dedicates nearly every word to Walker's and Mehcredi's character development. No question lay unanswered, no dilemma unresolved leaving the reader to close the book with a sigh.Finally, the enchanting landscape of Rossetti's fantasy world is brought to life with her sweeping and elegant prose. THE LONE WARRIOR is the sweeping arid winds of the desert, the cold blistering blizzards of the mountains, and the sticky sweetness of the tropics. Clashing poetically are the unadvanced masses with the technology hording Technomages. In other words, swashbuckling pirates meet white lab coated scientists and each is as mysterious as the next. Somewhat of a reunion novel, THE LONE WARRIOR brings past and present characters of the Four-Sided Pentacle series together, reuniting them to fight the persistent evil that continues to spread its oily clutches into the world. One side of this strange pentacle remains and it's a guarantee that I'll be there for the final showdown.

  • Eleni Konstantine
    2019-03-01 19:51

    I totally love Denise Rosetti's gift with words. A mix of poetic and beautiful as well as being earthy and real. This story continues the struggle with the elemental warriors the latest being the swordmaster, Walker, the last of his people. A quiet intense man, he will make the assassin who nearly killed his friend pay. Despite the reasons and growing attraction. A cast of familiar characters reappear in this third instalment including Florien, the street urchin who is dear to everyone. World building is fabulous. Looking forward to reading book four.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-10 13:34

    Mehcredi grew up a lone. Abandoned as a child, she has never felt the connection to anyone else until she is captured one day by a warrior. Mehcredi is confused as to why the warrior would want to harm her. Walker doesn’t take kindly to the fact that Mehcredi tried to harm his friend even if he starts to find her partially attractive. Mehcredi soon realizes that Walker is keeping her captive forever. He works his way into her body and heart. At first the relationship is a bit bumpy and Walker insists that Mehcredi will help his friend recover and act like a maid of sorts. Then slowly he sees her as the beauty she really is. Mehcredi begins to try to charm Walker and gets him to open up to her the way that he slowly gets her to feel for him.It is always hard to give a book a bad rated, especially when you believe it’s going to be a decent read. The Lone Warrior by Denise Rossetti turns out to be that book. It became difficult to get through it.The world building is a bit confusing. At times the story flowed and the dialogue and scenes makes sense. Then there are parts where the story basically comes to a halt and everything is jumbled. The magical world in which Walker and Mehcredi come from is briefly described. I’ve summed it up to being the third book in a series but there are still parts of the story that could have been explained better.The characters are unlikeable. Walker starts off the book a bit hostile and with good reason. However, I never got the idea that he really likes Mehcredi. He belittles her by calling her stupid and simple. I patiently waited for him to open up but he never did. I don’t like characters in which their barriers are never broken through.Mehcredi’s character didn’t develop probably. The author explains how Mehcredi is abandoned by her father. She doesn’t grow up in the conventional way and feels as though no one loves her. What makes me a bit uncomfortable is that she is described as big (in bone structure) and dense. It is hard to believe that a hero is going to find the heroine attractive when the author is constantly describing the heroine in such a manner. Basically, I didn’t feel anything for these characters.Overall, this book is a major let down. Maybe I’m not the audience that this book is targeted for.

  • Tina
    2019-02-17 19:53

    The baron gained a baby girl but lost his wife. The Baron of Lonefell kept his heart hardened from that moment on. He had loved his wife but now she was gone. He gave the child to the midwife, never to think of her again. He had war to rage.Mehcredi was named and passed from maid to maid. No one wanted her now that her father had basically disowned her. The laundress had just lost a child so Mehcredi was given to her. When Mehcredi was only a toddler, the woman killed herself. Everyone scuttled her from person to person, no one caring. When Mehcredi was old enough, she ran away from Lonefell keep. She went to Caracole, the Leaves Market. There she was happy for a time, until the people started to treat her like the people at Lonefell keep did. She decided her only recourse was to become an assassin.Walker had never met an assassin like Mehcredi. She had tried to kill his brother and failed. Now her punishment would be to take care of his brother; Walker’s magic bound her to that promise. But the more he gets to know Mehcredi, the more puzzling she becomes and the more in love with her he falls. How can he make her pay if he has feelings for her?The Lone Warrior by Denise Rossetti has a medieval feel to it, blended with paranormal elements that were very intriguing. Mehcredi is a product of how she raised herself. She has no social skills; she doesn’t always understand what is right and wrong. But she has a great will to survive, and despite all, a good, caring heart that Walker brings out in her. Walker has a strong sense of justice. He is fiercely loyal to his family and is a powerful Shaman. He doesn’t realize at first that Mehcredi doesn’t really understand what she was hired to do. She really is innocent in all this. By the time he figures it all out, he is halfway in love with her.Mehcredi is like a blank slate; she wants to be molded but will Walker take her under his wing and do that? I hope there are more books in this world—I wanted Walker’s brother to have his happy ending too. And I want to know what happens with the necromancer too. Bring on more warriors!

  • E.E. Montgomery
    2019-03-20 19:31

    I've read this book a few times now and each time I marvel at how Rossetti has managed to write such a difficult character as Mehcredi. Depicting both intelligence and logical social ineptitude while keeping the girl real was a juggling act very few would have been able to pull off. The way Mehcredi's innocence of life simply steam-rolls through all of Walker's protective walls is a joy to read. I swung between chuckling and gasping in disbelief at their interactions. The plot is involved, offering many twists and turns, all of them impacting somehow on the development of the relationship between Walker and Mehcredi. And thank you for giving them time to get to know each other.The necromancer is truly evil, yet in this instalment of the Four-Sided Pentacle series, some small amount of compassion is allowed to grow. It was done so subtly that I wasn't aware of it until the end of the book. I still didn't like the man, wanted him to go down in the worst way, but there was a glimmer of understanding just beginning. I'm looking forward to the fourth and last book in this series.

  • Kylie Griffin
    2019-02-19 12:33

    I devoured this book in one sitting. I just kept turning the pages until the end.Of the three books in this series, this one has to be my favourite so far. Why? Walker and Mehcredi drive the story from page one. They're both incredibly complex characters, complete opposites in nature, personality and backgrounds. You can't help but feel drawn to both of them each time you read their POV and feel the struggles they go through as the story unfolds.Secondary to the characters, but by no means less important, is the overarching plot of the Four Sided Pentacle series and the world-building that continues in this book. It's as complex and intriguing as the characters.I was sucked in right from the start and would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a great paranormal romance. This is one book I'll be giong back to read time and again.

  • Carole-Ann
    2019-03-01 13:47

    The 3rd of the Four-sided Pentacle series introduces Walker, an earth shaman, bent on vengence, and Mehcredi, abandoned as a child and having no concept of human relationships.At best, one would think these two characters would never gel, so extreme are their circumstances; but then that is the magic of this book. Walker trains Mehcredi how to fight, and how to live with others; while Mehcredi learns how to interact with people and how to interpret their words and actions.This is a difficult journey for them both, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but we know how it will end (thank goodness that 'love conquers all'!)Clever writing, a good plot, and the appearance of some special previous characters, all weave together in a magically wonderful story.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-16 17:52

    This book found me. I have already read the first two books in this series (earlier in the year) and was keen to read this one, but it hadnt been released yet and like many of the series I follow I forgot to look for it/hire it from the library. But then it practically jumped into my had last trip to the library for which I am grateful.I enjoyed this book immensely it was a good continuation of the other 2 books in the series and neatly tied together a few of the loose strings (while creating more, which I'm sure will make more sense in the next book)Super keen to read the last book in the series!

  • Kelsey
    2019-03-02 19:33

    I love Denise Rossetti. She never disappoints. *happy sigh* This book was awesome. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves love, friendship, and amazingly rich worlds.

  • Marisella
    2019-03-12 18:50

    I loved this book; it flowed well, the characters are so well drawn and engaging. Dialogue is great, and the sex is hot, not gratuituous. very enjoyable

  • Irene Jackson
    2019-03-17 18:35

    Enjoyed this one. It's the 3rd in a series but I didn't feel like I'd missed anything by reading no3 first. Great story and i am going to track down the first two as i like this author's style!

  • Feistygodwin
    2019-03-03 12:51

    I Love, Love this book! I couldn't put it down!

  • Becca
    2019-02-25 18:45

    I loved this book. It was well-written and covered so many emotions. A great storyline and keeps the characters from the other "pentacles" involved with this one. I can't wait for the next one.

  • Kat at Book Thingo
    2019-02-26 12:26

    Click here to read my full review at Book Thingo.The beginning of this story had me hooked. Until Mehcredi and Walker set off on their journey, I was invested in her story—of her awful childhood and how she makes new friends, gains self-esteem and, at times, loses progress.I wasn’t so moved by Walker’s growing awareness of and lust towards Mehcredi. To call this book an erotic romance is, I think, stretching the definition. The explicit language merely emphasises the lack of depth in the sex scenes and the weakness of the romance. I understood why Mehcredi fell in love with Walker, but not why he fell in love with her.The external plot starts off promisingly, but towards the end, I was handicapped by not having read the previous books in the series. The explanations of magic, demons, djinns and technomages aren’t detailed enough to prevent confusion, ultimately causing me to lose a lot of interest in what was going on.This book is probably best enjoyed in series order because it seems to rely on worldbuilding done in previous books. I was interested enough in the outcome to keep reading to the end, but despite some poignant moments, there were too many inconsistent elements for me to fully enjoy the story.Who might enjoy it: Readers who like an awkward heroineWho might not enjoy it: Fantasy readers expecting a deep mythology

  • CT
    2019-03-04 16:33

    I was already a fan of Ms Rossetti's Phoenix Rising series when I read The Lone Warrior. But I wasn't sure what to expect with the Four Sided Pentacle universe. Would it be so different I couldn't relate to it? This series isn't just a carbon copy of Phoenix Rising, but is not so different that I felt alienated. Unlike other authors, Ms Rossetti has succeeded in creating two worlds that interlink, yet are also very different. The Lone Warrior was the first m/f story I had read by this author and I was impressed that she managed to bring the same emotional and sexual intensity to it, as she has all her other works. Walker is a fascinating, complex character with a terrible past from which he has grown as an individual. While Mehcredi is one of the most unusual heroines I've ever encountered. She is complicated in her own way and both her and Walker's growth throughout the story is subtle, but spellbinding. The twist towards the end of the story is a genuine heart-stopper and the plot is both action packed and intricate. Well worth reading if you love action and adventure spiced with hot sex and a breathtaking love story.

  • Jennifer Scholl
    2019-03-15 19:51

    The beginning and middle of this book was "eh". I loved the first in the series - Cenda and Gray/Shad storyline kept me enthralled. The Prue/Erik was enjoyable. I found the Walker/Mehcredi storyline a bit slow. I found my mind straying from the book at points, and in others I read pretty quickly. The book got interesting for me when the other "sides" of the pentacle got actively involved in the story. From that point on, I enjoyed the book a lot, though that was more towards the end. I liked the character of Rose a lot and think I will enjoy her book quite a bit.

  • Jo
    2019-03-16 14:51

    'Cestors' Bones, that book was boring. Didn't realize it was the 3rd book in a series, but I never felt confused or anything. The book was really slow. I had to force my way through it. Thank god it's over and I can get rid of the book. The characters have no chemistry, and Mehcredi is suppose to be an assassin-she ain't-, but ends up being a child like annoyance with no training of any kind. Big yawner.

  • Meril
    2019-03-17 18:30

    Loved the first two books in the series, but this book contained my Least Favorite Tropes Ever and there wasn't enough of the fightin' evil wizards that I also liked from the first books. Also the characterization of recurring characters doesn't match with the way they were portrayed in books 1 and 2.

  • Jerri Giammarino
    2019-02-18 12:54

    I have still started reading this book. So far it is very excellent, I can't put it down. I Had just finished the book. It was excellent and I told everybody about it. Now I will go on and read another wonderful book that I won through Good Reads. Thanks again

  • ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
    2019-02-19 17:42

    I liked this couple - Mehcredi flowers so much once she's given a chance and complements Walker's tortured soul.

  • Pamela
    2019-02-28 14:43

    Brutal! What a boring book. I'm embarrassed to say that I actually took precious time from my life to read this crap. Didn't like anything about it: not the story and definitely not the characters.