by Donna Fletcher

November 2004
ISBN: 0-06-053879-1
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Mass Market Paperback

After years spent hiding, Mary has finally been captured by her worst nightmare. Decimus is an Inquisitor, someone sanctioned by the Church to purge evil and eliminate Paganism. The man tortured and killed her parents when she was only 11 years old, alleging heresy on their part. Their sin: daring to teach others and following beliefs that were partially Christian and Pagan. Mary was rescued and sent to safety at the time by Magnus, known as the Legendary Warrior. Sadly, she has been found.

As Mary awaits her fate (likely death by torture), she is rescued by a cloaked man named Michael. He is more widely known as the Dark One. Magnus found out about Mary's capture, but he couldn't help her out himself, so he contacted Michael for assistance. Michael brings Mary to a small village, and she finds out that everyone in the village are all people Michael has rescued from the clutches of Decimus.

Michael realizes that he not only admires Mary, but is also feeling attracted to her. He felt it the moment he saw her in that dungeon, despite the fact that, at the time, he could not even distinguish her features. But Michael knows he has a mission to accomplish and he can't allow his feelings to take over...however, this will prove easier said than done.

Donna Fletcher's, Dark Warrior is the sequel to Legendary Warrior and as much as I enjoyed the first book, I liked Dark Warrior even more. This beautifully romantic medieval tale brings the reader not only a heartwarming and enthralling story of love but also extremely engaging main characters. Mary is the light to Michael's darkness, as he has secrets that he can't divulge and keeps his features hidden from everyone. There is nothing like a well written brooding but vulnerable hero, and Michael certainly is. As to Mary, despite all she has gone through, losing her parents at such an early age, she has grown to become a strong woman and has not allowed her misfortune to sour her temper or to lose hope. The story also has a plot twist that certainly enhances it. Dark Warrior drew me from page one and I couldn't put the book down once I started it. I recommend this book to all lovers of historical romance and it goes to my "keeper" shelf. I eagerly look forward to Ms. Fletcher's upcoming books.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Mireya.

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