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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter begins a dark, sexy new series--Rise of the Warlords--with a fan favorite character from her beloved Lords of the Underworld series, Taliyah Skyhawk. The ice maiden faces off with her greatest enemy, a villain brutal beyond imagining. For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter begins a dark, sexy new series--Rise of the Warlords--with a fan favorite character from her beloved Lords of the Underworld series, Taliyah Skyhawk. The ice maiden faces off with her greatest enemy, a villain brutal beyond imagining. For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. One of the requirements? Remain a virgin. But, for a chance to save her people, she must wed the fearless leader of the Astra Planeta, Alaroc Phaethon. The time has come for Roc to sacrifice another virgin bride to his god. There has never been a woman alluring enough to tempt him from his path. No warrioress powerful enough to overcome his incredible strength. No enchantress desirable enough to make him burn beyond reason. Until now. With the clock ticking, war between husband and wife ignites. Except Taliyah never expected the merciless king to challenge the future she once envisioned. She certainly never anticipated the thrill of their battles turning into games... The problem is, only one spouse can survive. Love is a battlefield in Showalter's The Warlord. Rise of the Warlords Book 1: The Warlord


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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter begins a dark, sexy new series--Rise of the Warlords--with a fan favorite character from her beloved Lords of the Underworld series, Taliyah Skyhawk. The ice maiden faces off with her greatest enemy, a villain brutal beyond imagining. For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter begins a dark, sexy new series--Rise of the Warlords--with a fan favorite character from her beloved Lords of the Underworld series, Taliyah Skyhawk. The ice maiden faces off with her greatest enemy, a villain brutal beyond imagining. For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. One of the requirements? Remain a virgin. But, for a chance to save her people, she must wed the fearless leader of the Astra Planeta, Alaroc Phaethon. The time has come for Roc to sacrifice another virgin bride to his god. There has never been a woman alluring enough to tempt him from his path. No warrioress powerful enough to overcome his incredible strength. No enchantress desirable enough to make him burn beyond reason. Until now. With the clock ticking, war between husband and wife ignites. Except Taliyah never expected the merciless king to challenge the future she once envisioned. She certainly never anticipated the thrill of their battles turning into games... The problem is, only one spouse can survive. Love is a battlefield in Showalter's The Warlord. Rise of the Warlords Book 1: The Warlord

30 review for The Warlord

  1. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    “I hear you’re holding auditions for Bloodthirstiest Harpy, and I’m here for my reading.” Am I completely biased when it comes to Gena's books? Maybe. Does this mean I didn't love-this-book-so-much-my-heart-is-still-racing-hours-after-finishing-it? Hell no. I've been a huge Gena Showalter's fan for many years, my first book blog was named after her Lords of the Underworld series, way before she even knew who I was. This woman never fails to blow my mind. The Warlord is the first book in her b “I hear you’re holding auditions for Bloodthirstiest Harpy, and I’m here for my reading.” Am I completely biased when it comes to Gena's books? Maybe. Does this mean I didn't love-this-book-so-much-my-heart-is-still-racing-hours-after-finishing-it? Hell no. I've been a huge Gena Showalter's fan for many years, my first book blog was named after her Lords of the Underworld series, way before she even knew who I was. This woman never fails to blow my mind. The Warlord is the first book in her brand new Rise of the Warlords series, a direct spin-off and continuation of her LotU series. This book can easily be read even if you've never read any of her other books, it's written for both old and new readers. I was immediately, from the very first quote, drawn to the story. It starts with a bang and just doesn't stop. I think this might be one of Gena's most daring book, she didn't hold back and I loved every single moment. Taliyah Skyhawk is a character we know and love so I was extremely excited to learn more about her Harpy self, and oh boy, did Gena not disappoint. Taliyah is exactly how I always wanted her to be: stone-cold badass. She will do anything for her people and her family, she's a warrior through and through and I loved that Gena didn't make her more soft or pliable. She also has secrets, yes, more than one, and they just made the entire story better. “This is your idea of punishment, warlord? Or did you decide to seize the first excuse to finger me?” Alaroc 'Roc' Phaethon is also a stone-cold killer badass. He's a brand new character and he also introduces a brand new species, the Astra Planeta. Roc is their commander, their leader. And let me tell you, they are not here to fuck around. I don't want to go into too much details because I think the synopsis does a great job of giving you exactly what you need to know before diving into this book, but I...wasn't fully prepared for them. That's not a bad thing though because I loved them and I loved Roc. That man has my whole soul. “I’ll take your life, harpy, but I won’t take your right to choose your end. Surrender or fight me. You decide.” Gena threw me with this book, in the best way. I loved loved loved that she wrote something a little more bold and she did it perfectly. The sex scenes in this book were something else, and there's one in particular I need to go reread right now actually. For reasons. It also made my heart so happy to see some other characters we know and love, and I can't wait for more. The Warlord is a spectacular first book, it is nothing like you expect and it will literally blow you away.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    4 STARS I’ve never been a hero. I’ve never wanted to be. I make a better villain. Gena Showalter: announces new series Me: *giggles in giddy fangirl* When I saw the new series announcement from Gena, I'm pretty sure I spent hours stalking any and all information on it. Then I spent months, and I mean MONTHS, stalking for the book. The level of anticipation was high, people! The Warlord is a brand new book in Gena's Rise of The Warlords series but it's also an overarching series from her 4 STARS I’ve never been a hero. I’ve never wanted to be. I make a better villain. Gena Showalter: announces new series Me: *giggles in giddy fangirl* When I saw the new series announcement from Gena, I'm pretty sure I spent hours stalking any and all information on it. Then I spent months, and I mean MONTHS, stalking for the book. The level of anticipation was high, people! The Warlord is a brand new book in Gena's Rise of The Warlords series but it's also an overarching series from her Lords of The Underworld. If you recall the harpy sisters from that The Darkest Surrender? We get Taliyah Skyhawk's story in this one and man was it delicious. If there's one thing that I love about Gena's books, it's her fierce heroines. And Taya was all of those things and more. With a bloodline that's a deadly secret, Taliyah grew up with one goal in life; becoming Harpy General. Leading a deadly army of female harpies is all she wants and she'll sacrifice anything, including staying a virgin to do it. I know, right?! Plot twist. Roc is the deadly leader of the Astra Planeta, a fierce army of ancient warriors feared in every realm. His task? To sacrifice a virgin bride to ensure his army receives a mystical blessing. If he fails, they're cursed to utter defeat for 500 years. And Roc would do anything for his warriors. First of all, the antagonism and hate lust between these two? *chefs kiss* SO GOOD. Roc is all broody, grumpy, and warlordy. And Taya is sassy, hilarious, and always game to press every button he has and a few he didn't even know he has. And this reader? Gobbled it right up. I should probably apologize for my tardiness, and I will, just as soon as I’m sorry. As your men are proving with their nineinch salutes, I’m totally worth the wait. Well, he’s giving me ten.” She winked at Silver. “Bravo, sir.” As always the world building was enticing, vivid, and full of new characters I can't wait to read more about. Including a cameo by my beloved Hades. Well not really a cameo, more of a mention. But I'll take any morsel when it coms to this man. But I digress again. I loved this book and this new slew of warrior characters. Move over lords, there's new tortured and brooding warlords. And I'm not one to pick favorites here, but I'm saying I'm dying for the next book! If this one is anything to judge the series by, we're in for one heck of a ride and I'm already braced for it. If you're looking for a steamy PNR with plenty of chemistry, banter, and all of the action with incredible characters that you won't be able to get enough of, READ THIS. ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate V

    5 Stardust Stars! Gena Showalter is one of those authors that just writes fantastic paranormal romance. Her Lords of the Underworld series is up there as one of my favorite series and that's where you meet the heroine of this story, Taliyah Skyhawk. To say I've been patiently waiting for her story would be a lie. I've been dying to get my hands on her book. I had high expectations for her and who her hero would be and Showalter did not disappoint. Taliyah is a unique paranormal being with powerf 5 Stardust Stars! Gena Showalter is one of those authors that just writes fantastic paranormal romance. Her Lords of the Underworld series is up there as one of my favorite series and that's where you meet the heroine of this story, Taliyah Skyhawk. To say I've been patiently waiting for her story would be a lie. I've been dying to get my hands on her book. I had high expectations for her and who her hero would be and Showalter did not disappoint. Taliyah is a unique paranormal being with powerful parentage. She has been groomed from a young age to be a harpy general and by the time she runs into the hero Alaroc she needs one more star to be eligible for the title, as well as remain a virgin (or does she?). In true Showalter fashion that last star involves sacrificing something you love. Alaroc Phaethon (Roc) is an Astra being and a warlord and his story is shrouded in sadness, anger, revenge and duty. Until he meets Taliyah. Roc and his men have invaded Harpina and he chooses a bride to marry to sacrifice in 30 days to his God for reasons you'll have to read to find out. Many have come before Taliyah but when Roc weds her he realizes she is the one woman that can make him stray from his path and change EVERYTHING. Roc wants his revenge and Taliyah wants to be a general but they soon find that maybe what they wanted wasn't what they needed. Can Taliyah and Roc change the fates? Can they be together and still accomplish their dreams? So I'm rating this 5 stars because I loved everything about this book. Tal was strong, fierce, independent and so bloodthirsty. She also was hilarious...I found myself laughing out loud several times. She challenged Roc in the best of ways. Roc was such a broody and possessive alpha male. The way he fell for Tal was so satisfying. The story had the perfect amount of angst and I loved that we got so much relationship development between the two of them. I felt their passion even when they were at odds. Roc and Tal burned up the sheets and it was so refreshing to see such a unique exchange of power between them. I was fanning myself every time they were intimate (and they were intimate a lot). Their story was so delicious. While their relationship took center stage, Showalter did not back down from developing a fantastic storyline that is sure to span several books. There were a lot of moving pieces and a lot of other key players. I am SO interested in the other character's stories. Overall, if you loved her Lords books I highly suggest grabbing this one. It was amazing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Firstpella

    I’ve really missed Kresley Cole. The humor. The sex. The fighting. The making up. Lothaire is forever my measuring stick and elements of Warlord hit that peak. But ultimately Lothaire remains in a class still all by itself…probably in part because we have all the books before that display Lothaire’s total asshatness and his ultimate comeuppance thanks to Elizabeth that is just so satisfying - that level of delight simply cannot be achieved here since while Taya is a returning character, Roc is b I’ve really missed Kresley Cole. The humor. The sex. The fighting. The making up. Lothaire is forever my measuring stick and elements of Warlord hit that peak. But ultimately Lothaire remains in a class still all by itself…probably in part because we have all the books before that display Lothaire’s total asshatness and his ultimate comeuppance thanks to Elizabeth that is just so satisfying - that level of delight simply cannot be achieved here since while Taya is a returning character, Roc is brand new. Lothaire tells Elizabeth to ‘Be my dear’…Roc asks Taya to ‘Be my precious’…the difference is subtle, but the difference is still why Lothaire is my #1 Big Dick. Oh. Wait. This yummy tale is Showalter. The humor. The sex. The fighting. The making up. The Lords of the Underworld. Yeah, all that found here. And as with LotU, many more Warlords to come ( Series ). But shit…I really miss Kresley Cole.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    3 stars. It’s me not the book per se...I guess those who have read other Gena Showalter books won’t find it an issue, but this was my first book by her and the “American teen” colloquialisms used by a thousand year old harpy was just grating. The story took place in a completely different world/realm where not only gods of Greek mythology roamed but other creatures, so why do we need references to Jason Momoa and the Amazing Races tv series? It’s jarring (I get Earth is a place they can visit) b 3 stars. It’s me not the book per se...I guess those who have read other Gena Showalter books won’t find it an issue, but this was my first book by her and the “American teen” colloquialisms used by a thousand year old harpy was just grating. The story took place in a completely different world/realm where not only gods of Greek mythology roamed but other creatures, so why do we need references to Jason Momoa and the Amazing Races tv series? It’s jarring (I get Earth is a place they can visit) but really? I liked Taliyah: she was a kick a$$, strong, harpy. Roc was pretty good as a warlord (thankfully he wasn’t spouting out teen slang) and was more in “character”. They hated each other in the beginning, after all Roc and his army had invaded the Harpies realm and there’s a lot of push and pull but of course they are soul-mates (which you find out by Roc spurting stardust from his hands (how embarrassing 🤭😂) not sure if that’s very sexy no matter how much the author tried to make us think it.🤔 True love conquers all or in this case gushes (😳) of stardust. Sprinkle in a dilemma where the warlord needs to sacrifice his bride or his army brothers are cursed and it kept me reading. Extra star was for the warlord kneeling scene. That was hot! 🥵

  6. 5 out of 5

    Reading In Pajamas

    I can’t wait! From Gena Showalter’s FB post: “ The release of The Darkest King marked a milestone for me. At long last all of the original Lords had books and babes. So. Where was I to go from there? I mean, there are still stories to tell. Harpies and Sent Ones and Hell Kings and more demon-possessed warriors, the horsemen—and what about new species? We wondered if they all fit under the Lords of the Underworld banner. Example: the butterflies won’t work on all upcoming couples. So. We decided I can’t wait! From Gena Showalter’s FB post: “ The release of The Darkest King marked a milestone for me. At long last all of the original Lords had books and babes. So. Where was I to go from there? I mean, there are still stories to tell. Harpies and Sent Ones and Hell Kings and more demon-possessed warriors, the horsemen—and what about new species? We wondered if they all fit under the Lords of the Underworld banner. Example: the butterflies won’t work on all upcoming couples. So. We decided to start with a new series name, as well as use a new type of title and new style of cover, while the books remain set within the Lords of the Underworld universe. So, without further ado, I give you the next couple and title for the Lords universe, as well as the new series name... Taliyah Skyhawk and Alaroc Phaethon, leader of the Astra Planeta. The Blazing One himself. Title: The Warlord Series: Rise of the Warlords He plans to wed his virgin bride—and sacrifice her to his god. A duty he has never hesitated to do. Until now.” This is set in the LOTU world and can be read after William’s book (THE DARKEST KING). ✿LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD SERIES BY GENA SHOWALTER✿ Amazon Series Link http://amzn.to/2yzQLQF ✦THE DARKEST FIRE (this is a bonus story and you don't have to read it to understand the series or the characters) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2yElhGz ✦THE DARKEST NIGHT - Maddox (Violence) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2iX58HF ✦THE DARKEST KISS - Lucien (Death) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gVyKSC ✦THE DARKEST PLEASURE - Reyes (Pain) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2yzrlCC ✦THE DARKEST PRISON (Novella) - Atlas and Nike (another bonus story) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xccs5b ✦THE DARKEST WHISPER - Sabin (Doubt) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xW3MUY ✦THE DARKEST ANGEL - Lysander and Bianka ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gXVBNz ✦INTO THE DARK - a compendium of The Darkest Fire and The Darkest Prison printed inside, plus the original The Darkest Facts ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2zseQFt ✦THE DARKEST PASSION - Aeron (Wrath) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2yyIGLW ✦THE DARKEST LIE - Gideon (Lies) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xcwA7l ✦THE DARKEST SECRET - Amun (Secrets) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gWHcRr ✦THE DARKEST SURRENDER - Strider (Defeat) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gWhCw4 ✦THE DARKEST SEDUCTION - Paris (Promiscuity) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gWstpW ✦THE DARKEST CRAVING - Kane (Disaster) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xcNl2a ✦THE DARKEST TOUCH - Torin (Disease) ➢ Review 5 Stars http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1Fm | Kindle http://amzn.to/2zqzWnO ✦THE DARKEST TORMENT - Baden (Distrust) ➢ Review 5 Stars http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-759 | Kindle http://amzn.to/2lH2Mxp ✦THE DARKEST PROMISE - Cameo (Misery) ➢ Review 5 Stars http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-90y | Kindle http://amzn.to/2rymHCb ✦THE DARKEST WARRIOR - Puck & Gillian ➢ Review 5 Stars https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-aMP | Kindle http://amzn.to/2BQXRz8 ✦THE DARKEST CAPTIVE (1001 Dark Nights Novella) - Galen & Legion ➢ Review 4.5 Stars https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-aXd | Kindle http://amzn.to/2CZOY5E ✦‪‪‪THE DARKEST ASSASSIN (1001 Dark Nights Novella) - Fox & Bjorn ➢ Review 4.5 Stars https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bmm | Kindle $2.99 https://amzn.to/2CdKCuk ✦‪‪‪THE DARKEST KING - Willam ➢ Kindle https://amzn.to/2wavmuj ~*~*~*~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    4.5 stars! Read this review on Fresh Fiction THE WARLORD is the first book in Gena Showalter’s brand new Paranormal Romance series, Rise of the Warlords. If you’re a fan of her Lords of the Underworld series, then you may be familiar with this story’s heroine, Taliyah Skyhawk. There is no doubt that I fell hard for Taliyah in this book. I love her fierce attitude and loyalty to her people. I love that she wanted to take responsibility for her actions and that she wasn’t afraid to do what was neces 4.5 stars! Read this review on Fresh Fiction THE WARLORD is the first book in Gena Showalter’s brand new Paranormal Romance series, Rise of the Warlords. If you’re a fan of her Lords of the Underworld series, then you may be familiar with this story’s heroine, Taliyah Skyhawk. There is no doubt that I fell hard for Taliyah in this book. I love her fierce attitude and loyalty to her people. I love that she wanted to take responsibility for her actions and that she wasn’t afraid to do what was necessary of her. Her fun personality wasn’t too over the top and I thought that she paired really nicely with Roc. In terms of the romance, it blooms slowly but fiercely. But there’s also a great focus on the worldbuilding and the harpies in this book obviously. I am definitely looking forward this new series. THE WARLORD completely surpassed my expectations and I cannot wait to see how the rest of the series unfolds. Gena Showalter really hit this one out of the park. Rise of the Warlords is definitely a series that you do not want to miss!

  8. 4 out of 5

    ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

    4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🖤Follow me on Instagram for more edits🖤 A new series by amazing Gena Showalter and I can't wait for more! Happy General Taliyah Skyhawk and the leader of Astra Planeta Alaroc Phaethon aka Roc. “Thirty days to wed a virgin Thirty days to sacrifice her Thirty nights to resist temptation...“ You can figure out how that worked out for him 😅😅 This two were explosive together.The banter hilarious , Roc is an amazing male character:brooding,alpha,possessive, fearless and hot af ( I really don't thi 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🖤Follow me on Instagram for more edits🖤 A new series by amazing Gena Showalter and I can't wait for more! Happy General Taliyah Skyhawk and the leader of Astra Planeta Alaroc Phaethon aka Roc. “Thirty days to wed a virgin Thirty days to sacrifice her Thirty nights to resist temptation...“ You can figure out how that worked out for him 😅😅 This two were explosive together.The banter hilarious , Roc is an amazing male character:brooding,alpha,possessive, fearless and hot af ( I really don't think the stupid stardust really fits his character but that's just my opinion😂). I can't say I loved Taya as much as him but I guess she was a right fit for Roc. At times I thought she was super patronising and bitchy with absolutely everyone around her. I really hope the next books will follow the rest of Rocs team. Those guys are super intriguing for sure. Definitely worth the read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie Utterly Unashamed

    This was so good!! RTC once I get some sleep! “I’ll take your life, harpy, but I won’t take your right to choose your end. Surrender or fight me. You decide.” Okay.... A clever review isn't coming to me...... So here is a whatcha get.... Amazing kicks snarky AF heroine ☑️ Over protective/possessive hero ☑️ Enemies to lovers ☑️ Smutastic ☑️ Amazing World Building ☑️ Stellar Audio ☑️ Seriously, this author is one of the best. Her writing is amazing. She pulls you from the start and you have no choice This was so good!! RTC once I get some sleep! “I’ll take your life, harpy, but I won’t take your right to choose your end. Surrender or fight me. You decide.” Okay.... A clever review isn't coming to me...... So here is a whatcha get.... Amazing kicks snarky AF heroine ☑️ Over protective/possessive hero ☑️ Enemies to lovers ☑️ Smutastic ☑️ Amazing World Building ☑️ Stellar Audio ☑️ Seriously, this author is one of the best. Her writing is amazing. She pulls you from the start and you have no choice but to see what happens. She does not disappoint! “Thirty days to wed a virgin Thirty days to sacrifice her Thirty nights to resist temptation..." Instagram | My Blog | Facebook

  10. 4 out of 5

    queerdo

    i was so looking forward to this book after having read the blurb! the premise seemed cool as hell. ALAS the writing is middling at best, the narrative style doesn’t match with the plot at all, the heroine is predictable and annoying as hell, et cetera et cetera. i’m pretty disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    Audiobook Review Overall 3.5 stars Performance 4 stars Story 3 stars The Warlord was an interesting and exciting fantasy romance. I haven't read Gena Showalter's previous books, but it's apparently a spin off of her Lords of the Underworld series. There were likely references and character cameos that I missed, but I feel that this book can be read on its own. I really loved how fierce both Taliyah and Roc were. They were very evenly matched and the struggle between sacrificing their people or their Audiobook Review Overall 3.5 stars Performance 4 stars Story 3 stars The Warlord was an interesting and exciting fantasy romance. I haven't read Gena Showalter's previous books, but it's apparently a spin off of her Lords of the Underworld series. There were likely references and character cameos that I missed, but I feel that this book can be read on its own. I really loved how fierce both Taliyah and Roc were. They were very evenly matched and the struggle between sacrificing their people or their love for each other was done really well. The big broody alpha male doesn't always work on me, but it definitely did here. I loved how Taliyah and Roc's relationship evolved from a mutual respect between enemies to so much more. Roc was such a big teddy bear with Taliyah and their chemistry was smoking hot. This isn't my usual genre and I didn't fully understand the "rules" of this world and the powers associated with each species, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. The writing didn't always flow well and I was confused by the random pop culture references thrown into the story here and there (like Jason Mamoa, lava lamps, etc). I found the overall plot a bit confusing and the ending felt very rushed after so much build up. I'm still not entirely sure the resolution makes sense, but the romance aspect left my heart very happy. Max Bellmore is a new to me narrator and I thought he did a great job. He was amazing as Roc (that growly voice *bites fist*), but his Taliyah/harpy voice wasn't my favorite. His comedic timing was spot on though and he delivered Taliyah's barbs so well. It was a pleasant listening experience overall and I look forward to finding out what happens next for these warlords, especially between Roux and Blythe. *I voluntarily listened to a review copy of this book*

  12. 4 out of 5

    zaraa

    3.75/5 the last time i read a book by Gena Showalter was like years ago, and it was the Alice in Zombieland series which my teenage heart was so in love with. if you know Cole Holland, then you should know he was my major bad boy teenage crush. however, over the years i have come across Showalter's other series, but never really had an interest to read them until now. at first glance, The Warlord had so many of my favorite tropes especially enemies to lovers to soulmates + marriage of conve 3.75/5 the last time i read a book by Gena Showalter was like years ago, and it was the Alice in Zombieland series which my teenage heart was so in love with. if you know Cole Holland, then you should know he was my major bad boy teenage crush. however, over the years i have come across Showalter's other series, but never really had an interest to read them until now. at first glance, The Warlord had so many of my favorite tropes especially enemies to lovers to soulmates + marriage of convenience + grumpy/sunshine and i just knew that i had to read this one. and, i'm glad because i really did like this book especially the characters Taliyah Skyhawk and and the major alpha, Alaroc Phaethon who are complete opposites, but yet a perfect match for each other. Taliyah is beyond sassy and has such an active personality that she kept the story so entertaining. and, since this series is a spin off of The Lords of Underworld which i haven't read, i thought i would be lost throughout this one. but, that was not the case because even though the characters are from the original series, the plot is different so it's been said that it can be read alone without the original series. what i loved the most about this book was the banter between Taliyah and Alaroc who would just never stop arguing and as husband & wife, they were so annoying i loved it. {case in point:} “How could I forget the bane of my existence?” He straightened gradually. A long-sleeved shirt covered his arms and chest, hiding prime real estate. Leather pants hugged his thighs, and metal-tipped boots protected his feet. “By bane of existence, do you mean fated mate?” He had his complaints, she had hers. “Or does the Black Widower refuse to acknowledge the woman he can’t live without?” also “What I am,” she said, “is your gravita.” “You are a thirty-day irritation.” and this 😭 “After a few minutes of silence, she groused, “I’m giving you such an amazing view, I should charge by the hour.” “By that logic, I should charge by the inch,” he muttered, never glancing up.” i mean how can you not love their wordplay?? however, the only thing that i couldn't really connect to was the actual plot because the entire plot of this book was that Taliyah, a virgin, had 30 days to kill Alaroc and save her people; if she fails at the end then, Alaroc will kill his virgin bride and sacrifice her to his gods so he can ascend. so while Taliyah and Alaroc tried to find ways to get the other out of the way, they lost each other at resistance. because turns out they were soulmates or gravitas so the more they tried to resist each other, the more they actually wanted each other and so somewhere along that, the plot was kind of lost and it became all about lust. i felt like that after every two pages, there was always another erotic scene and for me, it became too repetitive even though the book started off real strong. overall, i did enjoy this book just because there was so much banter that it was entertaining and kept me engaged even though the plot itself kind of fell through. so if you like alpha + possessive males + sassy and clever heroines + erotic romance then you probably will like this because for a fantasy it's really a fast paced read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    What The Smut Book Reviews

    First of all, thank you to both NetGalley and HQN Books for this review copy. The following review is an honest review. Woooooow. Lol! Once again, Gena Showalter has written an amazingly spellbinding story. Already being a super fan, I expected nothing less, but it still amazes me how Gena can craft an entire world from scratch and blend it into an cohesive and thrilling read. It's a feat in itself to write a contemporary novel, creating characters and situations that will keep the reader enthral First of all, thank you to both NetGalley and HQN Books for this review copy. The following review is an honest review. Woooooow. Lol! Once again, Gena Showalter has written an amazingly spellbinding story. Already being a super fan, I expected nothing less, but it still amazes me how Gena can craft an entire world from scratch and blend it into an cohesive and thrilling read. It's a feat in itself to write a contemporary novel, creating characters and situations that will keep the reader enthralled. It's another thing entirely to be able to write a paranormal romance novel where you've created, not only characters, but entire species, realms, and plots, that all come directly from your imagination. I will honestly never understand how she manages to do it. The two main characters for this book are Roc and Taliyah. He's the commander of an intergalactic band of tight muscled warriors, stuck in a never ending battle with Erebus, a phantom creating plague on the universe. She's a harpy that's also part phantom (surprise!! Erebus is her Daddy) and part snake shifter. She's a tough as nails she warrior, in a bid to become the next General of the harpy army. Roc and his men have come to Harpina to find him a wife. Well...technically a bride, because he doesn't plan on keeping her alive long enough to enjoy the fruits of him marriage. You see, Roc, along with each of his warriors are stuck in a never ending loop, where they must each complete the same task over and over. If everyone does, they get a blessing from a God. If even one fails, the blessing goes to their nemesis. Roc's task...find, wed, and murder a virgin. Except...this particular virgin just happens to be his gravita (his fated mate). Will he do his duty, honor his men, and kill his new bride? Or will he forsake the God's blessing, kiss off his men's futures, and protect his fated woman??? You'll have to buy the book to find out. ;) I'm rating this book 5 stars because Gena would never write anything less. This is the first book of a new series and I'm already drooling at the idea of some of the other warriors getting their own books. I need their stories! Which, in my opinion, is the mark of a good author. Thanks for everyone taking the time to read this review. At length, all I can say is...buy the book. You won't be disappointed. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alise

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *I don't think I have done any spoilers, bust just in case, sometimes I don't know what I babble about at all. It's done, the wait is over and I have done the unbelievable, bought an e-book, because I couldn't wait. And to order from Amazon or anywhere, I just couldn't wait any longer, so much wished I would be living in US at this particular moment. I probably will buy the book it self as well, a little later, maybe for my birthday or something. Is it Gena or is it her created world?! How comes *I don't think I have done any spoilers, bust just in case, sometimes I don't know what I babble about at all. It's done, the wait is over and I have done the unbelievable, bought an e-book, because I couldn't wait. And to order from Amazon or anywhere, I just couldn't wait any longer, so much wished I would be living in US at this particular moment. I probably will buy the book it self as well, a little later, maybe for my birthday or something. Is it Gena or is it her created world?! How comes I can go through 540+ pages (and I wish it would be double the amount, never ending really) quicker and more enthralled than when I'm struggling to read some stories that are less than 300 pages long?!?! They are dragging and I'm skip-reading... if there is anything to skip at all in that short amount. But this, I started and finished with no hesitation and everything just makes you read page after page. I think all the Facebook groups and teasing on social media, made me a little bit too excited, I have never wanted to read one particular book more than this. And the thing is, it's 100% worth the wait. All the teasing is legit and makes this book really, really good. To be honest I never thought about Taliyah much, she was always the big sister, cold and ruthless, who was not included in the LOTU series as a heroine. But, now thinking back, I absolutely love the fact that there was a chance to know her before, what she have done and how she have done it, because all that built her character in my mind. She was definitely something else than I imagined her to be, she was for some reason almost 'normal' (not by human standards), she is funny, clever, smart, determined, 100% optimist (didn't see that one for her at all) and of course strong, not only physically but in everything else. And she stays like that till the very end. Roc is fierce and strong, and brutal, and alfa as promised. Obviously hotter than any man in a 1000 mile radius. I sometimes think how it is even possible to make them all better and more hotter, as every time all of them are 'the bestest', obviously there is no limit for Gena to make them even MORE. With his own 'skeletons in the closet', the intrigue to read about new species - race - people - was so exciting, that maybe it made him 100% better than any other potential love interest. Think about Hades, the powerful image we all have about him after LOTU, at this point he is nothing really compared to this Astra. Unfortunately as exciting as it is that Taliyah has driven him to his knees in the way we all like, as strong, ruthless and determined he has been and is, he maybe a little bit softens at the end too much. Well, maybe he is just completely lost at that point and desperate as there is no solution for their victory, maybe I could even say that he is miserable, desperate, helpless... and he have never been that way so he don't know how to deal with it... so he is brooding... so he lost some little admiration points from me, as he was not as strong as Taliyah, who really didn't lose her spirit till the end, there is no such thing for her as sulking or brooding (there is still some tears and crying from her, so she is not unemotional), extraordinary and cool, she is optimistic, determined about everything once she figures out what's best for her, even if it's the cost of their HEA. As well he has stoped challenging her at the end, maybe there was no time for it as he was brooding and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. All their story mostly is about challenging each other and it's really hot as hell. But by all means, don't take this the wrong way, Roc still is one of the best things that happened in my (uppsss... Taliyahs) life. They are a real power couple. I really hope they will have some more presence in other stories as they are the first couple and they are the top of the 'chain'. Haven't felt this optimistic and positive after a book for quite some time, obviously after I have finished the last LOTU book, have not found the right ones with the same feeling. I think Gena has really good way enthralling me to read her stories and I unconsciously compare every book to hers, as there is not many authors or books that grab me the same way as some of hers. Mystery it is. At this point of my life this book deserves 5 stars and is a really amazing and thrilling read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    The audiobook really didn't work for me, but as far as the story goes it also wasn't my favorite. I think I prefer Gena's contemporary then to her paranormal. I just haven't had much luck on the few I have read. Heartless, I'm going to have to debate on reading it or not. The audiobook really didn't work for me, but as far as the story goes it also wasn't my favorite. I think I prefer Gena's contemporary then to her paranormal. I just haven't had much luck on the few I have read. Heartless, I'm going to have to debate on reading it or not.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kameron

    Gena's past few LOTU books seemed to center more on sex than substance. I was hoping with this spin-off things would change. Sadly, they did not. After reading 1/2 the story, I couldn't take it anymore. Gena's writing seems more focused on sex and not on the building of a characters and their bond. I get people think sex sells, but I miss the old days when she put the same amount of effort into character development and watching two people grow together when they weren't succumbing to their desi Gena's past few LOTU books seemed to center more on sex than substance. I was hoping with this spin-off things would change. Sadly, they did not. After reading 1/2 the story, I couldn't take it anymore. Gena's writing seems more focused on sex and not on the building of a characters and their bond. I get people think sex sells, but I miss the old days when she put the same amount of effort into character development and watching two people grow together when they weren't succumbing to their desires. Unfortunately, I won't be finishing this book or purchasing anymore. The price is too high and the quality, or lack there of, doesn't justify paying over 20 bucks for a hardcover anymore.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Gwena

    Loved it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    m ✦ foesandlovers

    3.5 STARS As much as I wanted to fully get immersed into this story, I unable to connect with it. THAT SAID, I want to specify that it really isn't the book's fault, my life just got incredibly busy all of a sudden, and I started really having a difficult time focusing on reading and then when I was able to read more of this book, it was always in little chunks and days would separate each chunk so it just wasn't optimal reading circumstances all around. So that's why I didn't ever connect with t 3.5 STARS As much as I wanted to fully get immersed into this story, I unable to connect with it. THAT SAID, I want to specify that it really isn't the book's fault, my life just got incredibly busy all of a sudden, and I started really having a difficult time focusing on reading and then when I was able to read more of this book, it was always in little chunks and days would separate each chunk so it just wasn't optimal reading circumstances all around. So that's why I didn't ever connect with the story or the characters. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to reading more of this author's books and plan to continue on with this series when the next one comes out. Hopefully, I can have a better experience with those!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    ARC provided by Netgalley Taliyah Skyhawk is a badass Queen. The eldest Skyhawk sister never accepts the picture of defeat. Becoming Harpy General is all she has ever wanted, she just has two more stars to earn but her plans are derailed by the Astra Planetae. A group of ancient warriors with their own agenda. Roc is the Commander of the Astra and he wants Taliyah as his bride so he can sacrifice her after 30 days to Chaos and ascend. He has never been tempted by a bride before but he has also ne ARC provided by Netgalley Taliyah Skyhawk is a badass Queen. The eldest Skyhawk sister never accepts the picture of defeat. Becoming Harpy General is all she has ever wanted, she just has two more stars to earn but her plans are derailed by the Astra Planetae. A group of ancient warriors with their own agenda. Roc is the Commander of the Astra and he wants Taliyah as his bride so he can sacrifice her after 30 days to Chaos and ascend. He has never been tempted by a bride before but he has also never met anyone like Taliyah. Taliyah and Roc’s chemistry is through the roof hot! Both are perfectly matched in and outside of the bedroom. Neither is willing to bend or give up. The stakes are high and one of them has to lose. I love Taliyah’s attitude. Her bravery, her confidence, her compassion and her love and loyalty for her family and people. She drives Roc crazy and he loves every moment. This was an amazing start to a new series and I cannot wait for more Astra!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    ~♥*Marianna*♥~

    A new series? Exciting! But. Did this dude really marry and sacrifice women to his god in the past? That seems really ...not cute.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Goblinmom

    Waiting soooooo patiently! Love you Gena

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Read this review on Got Fiction? Book Blog I really miss PNR like this. This hit the spot. This story makes me want to re-read her Lords of the Underworld just to stay in one of her worlds a bit longer. This book is hot. H-O-T hot. Like sexy sexy sexy hot. If you’ve read her Lord of the Underworld series, you’ll know about the harpies. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat because the harpies are freaking awesome! They’re deadly, sexy, and mouthy. I loved them all. You also get a couple of cameos Read this review on Got Fiction? Book Blog I really miss PNR like this. This hit the spot. This story makes me want to re-read her Lords of the Underworld just to stay in one of her worlds a bit longer. This book is hot. H-O-T hot. Like sexy sexy sexy hot. If you’ve read her Lord of the Underworld series, you’ll know about the harpies. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat because the harpies are freaking awesome! They’re deadly, sexy, and mouthy. I loved them all. You also get a couple of cameos from some of the Lords, which is fun. And you get a story that you can’t put down. Taliyah has been groomed since birth to become the fiercest general of all the harpies. So when the Astra Planeta invade her land and take her people hostage demanding the fiercest warrior to be his bride, naturally Tailyah pipes up. Alaroc (Roc) is ready to ascend. For him, for his people, that means they are at the point of their lives where if they have sacrificed enough, they can ascend to a higher level and finally have peace from all the warring. The problem? Taliyah doesn’t really feel like being sacrificed. So Taliyah sets her sights on annoying Roc and freeing her harpies…but there’s more going on to the whole situation, and she’s far more involved that either she or Roc ever imagined. There are gods involved who give cryptic information because of course they do! But what I really enjoyed was how Taliyah’s mind worked. She was very figure it out and take care of it. She was smart, didn’t take failure as an option, and did it all while being amazing. She absolutely earned Roc’s respect very quickly. But when the gods meddled and spilled some secrets he went a little crazy…and she proved her awesomeness over and over. His grand gesture has her smiling, but I would have loved more. Guys, this book is sexy. So sexy. Roc wants a virgin sacrifice, but doesn’t need her to be one. Taliyah is supposed to be a virgin to be general seeing as she’ll give her body to her people…you can probably see where I’m going with this. They push each other as far as possible and it’s glorious. I loved how so much of their relationship is teasing and learning about each other. I loved the Greek gods being part of this...Chaos, Hades, Erebus…especially Hades. This is typical Gena Showalter immortals in the sense that if you’ve read her before, you’ll know what you’re in for. You’re in for a sexy and epic ride with huge plot twists, even huger battles, and happily ever after. I’m really excited for the next book, because there are a lot of warriors who don’t have their happily ever afters yet, and I for one feel like they really could use a good HEA. ***Review copy courtesy of the publisher HQN via Netgalley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Zautner

    I hardly ever do paranormal/supernatural type books and it is even more rare for me to rate them so high. And lately, I'm extra stingy with my stars. Warlord is a MUST READ!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Taya and Roc were so fucking perfect! I loved the push and pull between them. The tension, both in and out of the bedroom, was fire. Their chemistry off the charts! These two were so damn sexy and fun. The best part of this read, for me anyway, was Taya. I LOVED that Showalter didn't write her as a doormat I hardly ever do paranormal/supernatural type books and it is even more rare for me to rate them so high. And lately, I'm extra stingy with my stars. Warlord is a MUST READ!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Taya and Roc were so fucking perfect! I loved the push and pull between them. The tension, both in and out of the bedroom, was fire. Their chemistry off the charts! These two were so damn sexy and fun. The best part of this read, for me anyway, was Taya. I LOVED that Showalter didn't write her as a doormat. She wasn't TSTL like most heroines are, especially lately. She was so damn kick ass. Feisty. Independent. Bold. Shrewd. Fun. And best of all, she didn't take Roc's shit. Our girl gave back as good as she got, and then some. Everything about Taya has made her one of my most favorite characters. Don't get me wrong, Roc was hot as fuck. And he pressed all my buttons, but Taya-she STOLE the show! I had a serious girl crush going. I can't wait for book 2 in the series. I think I know who it's going to be and I'm there for it!! I really hope she puts R&B together! Until then, I'm off to devour her backlog, starting with her Lords of the Underworld, since she mentions them and their mates in this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I Give this Book a 4.5-5/5 Star Rating, Listing as 5. Formats Read: Ebook, Hardback & Audiobook. *Audiobook review below. HEA(?): Yes! Relationship Type: MF Romance: 4-4.5-5/5 Heat: 5/5, So Much & So Good! Pacing: It fits the book really well, it’s a mid pace. Drama: 3.5/5 Suspense: 4-4.5/5 Dark(?): 2-2.5/5 Sorry Peeps, absolutely no Spoilers 😁😏 I was drawn in from the very moment with this book, and the book was really addictive and really didn’t want this book to end. I couldn’t stop listening, but had to f I Give this Book a 4.5-5/5 Star Rating, Listing as 5. Formats Read: Ebook, Hardback & Audiobook. *Audiobook review below. HEA(?): Yes! Relationship Type: MF Romance: 4-4.5-5/5 Heat: 5/5, So Much & So Good! Pacing: It fits the book really well, it’s a mid pace. Drama: 3.5/5 Suspense: 4-4.5/5 Dark(?): 2-2.5/5 Sorry Peeps, absolutely no Spoilers 😁😏 I was drawn in from the very moment with this book, and the book was really addictive and really didn’t want this book to end. I couldn’t stop listening, but had to force myself to sleep and then the moment I woke up later I jumped right back onto the audiobook. I can’t wait for more books to come! I love this universe so much! ☺️ Audiobook Review: Overall: 4-4.5-5/5, Listing as 4.5 but 4 Stars. Narrator: Max Bellmore Story: 5/5 Performance: 4/5 His voice for Taliyah was something I had to get used to for quite a while, while reading. But once I got into the groove, I didn’t mind it as much. Alaroc voice isn’t too bad either, but I was expecting the voices to sound different. But I definitely will reread this book & listen to this audiobook over again & again! One thing I did notice was at some points the audio stopped and then picked up, it sounded like an edited part, cause of a sudden tone change, as well as a few sudden quiet blips that are a bit disconcerting when you don’t have the phone nearby to check to see if you were kicked out of the app or something, and then the voice picks up again (it spans only a second or two but regardless, it is noticeable). Other than that, I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather Schreiber

    Favorite quote: “in case you’re wondering, I’m size perfect” like every woman who’d ever lived. Synopsis: the Astra have come for a sacrifice. Every 500 years, Roc must find a bride and then sacrifice her 30 days later. If successful, they will be victorious in every endeavor for the next 500 years. If they fail, they will lose every battle until the next sacrifice. What Roc didn’t expect to find, was Taliyah. I loved Taliyah. She is such a strong, badass woman who does what she wants because sh Favorite quote: “in case you’re wondering, I’m size perfect” like every woman who’d ever lived. Synopsis: the Astra have come for a sacrifice. Every 500 years, Roc must find a bride and then sacrifice her 30 days later. If successful, they will be victorious in every endeavor for the next 500 years. If they fail, they will lose every battle until the next sacrifice. What Roc didn’t expect to find, was Taliyah. I loved Taliyah. She is such a strong, badass woman who does what she wants because she can. I love her humor, her snarky attitude, and her loyalty to her people and her family. I love the story and cannot wait to see what’s in store for Roc, Erebus, and Chaos.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Geez, with all of the flashing, misting, tattoos, realms, weapons, gods, goddess, immortals, harpies, phantoms, Russian stacking dolls, whatnots, thingamajigs, and whatevers - It's enough to make a reader's head spin. Ms. Showalter must have one helluva spreadsheet, timelime, and flowchart layout in her work space. Your basic romance with the H/h having to overcome a great obstacle to find their HEA. What I couldn't wrap my mind around is why it took 10,000 years (I think I did the math correctly Geez, with all of the flashing, misting, tattoos, realms, weapons, gods, goddess, immortals, harpies, phantoms, Russian stacking dolls, whatnots, thingamajigs, and whatevers - It's enough to make a reader's head spin. Ms. Showalter must have one helluva spreadsheet, timelime, and flowchart layout in her work space. Your basic romance with the H/h having to overcome a great obstacle to find their HEA. What I couldn't wrap my mind around is why it took 10,000 years (I think I did the math correctly), 20 brides, war and bloodshed....if this dude is such a powerful guy. Plenty of heat between the sheets; most of which didn't add one bit to the storyline and could have been omitted. Just not my type of read. And a glossary really would be nice.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    I think it's time for me to give up on Gena as the last 4 books, I have just skimmed, Including William's story. I'm bored, I don't know what has happened but she used to be funny, engaging and the plot kept me turning those pages. Now, the dialogue just goes round and round in circles with the couple trying to outsmart each other and little progression. I didn't even get onto the sex in this story - dnf at 25%. I was most put off that Roc liked to finger Taliya in front of an audience to test h I think it's time for me to give up on Gena as the last 4 books, I have just skimmed, Including William's story. I'm bored, I don't know what has happened but she used to be funny, engaging and the plot kept me turning those pages. Now, the dialogue just goes round and round in circles with the couple trying to outsmart each other and little progression. I didn't even get onto the sex in this story - dnf at 25%. I was most put off that Roc liked to finger Taliya in front of an audience to test her virginity and then he did it again at dinner time! Like.. Wtf? I like a simmering build up to that sort of thing. Maybe I'm getting too old? I mean I love a bit of finger action but it was rough and came out of nowhere. Of course, Taliya was wet and loved it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    2.25 OK? STARS When a 1000 ++ YEAR OLD person continues to act as Juvenile as they were mere young-lings, stars are about be left out, and my irritation is spiking. Honestly, the way the warlord is romancing his, kneeling at her feet and submitting to her is quite hot. but everything else? Not my taste,I evens skipped the sexy times ! gee.. I guess this is just personal opinion. 2.25 OK? STARS When a 1000 ++ YEAR OLD person continues to act as Juvenile as they were mere young-lings, stars are about be left out, and my irritation is spiking. Honestly, the way the warlord is romancing his, kneeling at her feet and submitting to her is quite hot. but everything else? Not my taste,I evens skipped the sexy times ! gee.. I guess this is just personal opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    sofia

    I was not ready for this book! It is medieval/modern romance full of steam, romance, cuteness, battles, badass females, and a whole ride! Taya and Roc are SO FREAKING AMAZING. I adored them individually and together. Their little moments and the teasing was spectacular. I absolutely recommend this!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Taliyah Skyhawk and Roc. A harpy who wants to be General of her people vs an Astra warlord who wants to prevent a curse from evil gods Chaos and Erebus. It's all foreplay for them, a battle of strength and who can outlast. When Roc discovers Taya is his gravita( mate) he softens and so does Taya. She makes the ultimate sacrifice to rid them of curses, all with her sisters and mother. Would love more stories with Blythe,Isla, and Roux. Taliyah Skyhawk and Roc. A harpy who wants to be General of her people vs an Astra warlord who wants to prevent a curse from evil gods Chaos and Erebus. It's all foreplay for them, a battle of strength and who can outlast. When Roc discovers Taya is his gravita( mate) he softens and so does Taya. She makes the ultimate sacrifice to rid them of curses, all with her sisters and mother. Would love more stories with Blythe,Isla, and Roux.

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