Saturday, May 2, 2020

ARC Review: Broken Warrior (The Weavers Circle #1) by Jocelynn Drake

Broken Warrior (The Weavers Circle, #1)
Clay Green
A brotherhood? Monsters? Goddesses? Magic?

The world has become a strange place.

After a life on the run, Clay Green is rescued by a crazy old lady with a shotgun and an even crazier story about monsters, goddesses, and a secret brotherhood.

Gifted with the power of the earth, Clay must locate his missing “brothers” before invading monsters can destroy everything.

As if that’s not enough to contend with, Clay can’t keep his hands off the man trying to rebuild the plantation house he’s temporarily living in.

Dane Briggs
Something strange is going on…

Dane knew restoring the old plantation house wasn’t going to be an easy job, but at least none of the clients were going to be underfoot. Since losing his wife and child, the only way Dane can keep going is to focus on the work.

But that focus crumbles the second Clay appears covered in blood and barely hanging on to life.

Mystery and danger cling to Clay and the other men who suddenly show up. A smart man would walk away.

Dane chucks smart out the window in favor of hungry kisses and the silken slide of skin against skin. He doesn’t understand what’s happening, but there’s no question that Clay needs him.

He’s just not sure his heart can survive being broken again if something happens to Clay.

Broken Warrior is the first book in The Weavers Circle series. It includes fast-paced action, explosions, hurt/comfort, sexy times, animal shenanigans, wounded hearts, three crazy old ladies, and magic!

Todd's rating:

Well, that was a fun fantasy read and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

After having only read Drake's "Ice and Snow Christmas" books, I was happily surprised to see what she could do with a non-contemporary story line and wasn't at all disappointed.

Some of the magic and goddess details felt familiar from past reads by other authors, but a lot of the twists and turns felt entirely new and unique, helping me enjoy the story even more.

I do have to admit that for a whole lot of this book, it completely felt like "The Series Setup Book", although it did manage to avoid any big info dumps, instead slowly revealing details about the past attempts (and failures) that the Weavers had when trying to save the world from creatures from another dimension.

Also, the romance initially felt slightly forced, to me at least, instead of Clay and Dane feeling as though they were destined to be. The attacks by the pestilents felt like one story and the romance felt like an entirely different story, just kind of mashed up together.

However, as the book progressed, the story and the romance both came into their own and I was hopelessly glued to the pages, dying to discover what was about to happen next.

One of my favorite parts of the story was when the first three Weavers, tired of feeling helpless, went on the offensive and decided that it was time for some asses to get kicked – asses other than their own.

And the huge twist that was revealed, post-battle, WOW. I wasn't expecting that, but it instilled me with hope for their success that I hadn't previously felt. Like, at all.

The powers of the first three "brothers" were intriguing, but still left them outmatched against their powerful, otherworldly foes, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what powers the remaining three Weavers will add to the mix in the upcoming books.

I wouldn't exactly say that this book ended with a cliffhanger, but the setup was definitely in place for the next book to hit the ground running, hopefully with the almost-immediate discovery of more of the brothers.

One card that I did feel was greatly overplayed here was the frequency of the steam. The amount of pene felt a bit excessive for a magic/fantasy story, to the point where I began skimming until everyone was zipped back up again.

Overall, this was a great, exciting start to this new series and I'd rate it at around 4.25 stars, while really looking forward to the next books.

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