Friday, July 12, 2019

The First Four Books from the Dark Warriors Series by Donna Grant ~ Review

Defenders against evil. Bound by the gods. The Dark Warriors are taking their battle from ancient Scotland to the modern world—where a woman’s love can set them free…


Gwynn Austin has no idea why her father has disappeared on a mysterious trip to Scotland. When she goes on a desperate mission to search for him she finds more than she bargains for in a ruggedly handsome, wickedly exciting Highlander who exudes danger and mystery. And when she discovers her own link to Scotland, she’ll have to trust her heart to help lead her...


Propelled through time by powerful Druid Magic, Logan Hamilton uses his immortality and powers of the god inside him to help prevent the awakening of an ancient evil in the modern world. He never expects to find help in the form of a beautiful, alluring, and all too tempting woman whose passion and strength matches his own. Together, Logan and Gywnn must fight for their love—before a demon from the past destroys them both…

I was unsure what I was expecting with this first book in the spin-off series.  I really enjoyed the Dark Sword series.  It's a historical series in the highlands of Scotland.  The last book in that series threw the evil and a few of the warriors into the future.  That's where this book starts.

Logan is one of the warriors.  He's been thrown into the future and everything from paved roads to cell phones are an amazement to him.  He came to the future to help his friend, Ian, and to find an artifact that will help them destroy Deidre.  In his hunt, he is drawn to Gwynn, to her magic.  The strangeness of this new world, the need to find and help his friend and his need to help Gwynn all tare at Logan.  It's interesting to watch him deal with it all.  And, of course, I love him.  I definitely cheered for him.

I felt sorry for Gwynn from the start.  She has the most awful father ever.  All the family she has left, she fights to find him.  But this man is not worth her time.  It was sad and it endeared her to me.  Her search leads her to Logan and together they hunt for her father.  Soon they are working together to deal with the evil that is growing all around them.

I enjoyed both of these character.  They felt like family to me and I very much wanted them to be together.  I wondered how much of the characters from the previous series would be around.  They do play a part along with a character we haven't seen in a while.  From the previous series, I have become close to them.  I welcomed them and was grateful for their appearance.  They have lived through the 400 years that Logan was thrown.  It was fun to see them already understand the things that Logan is confused by.

The writing is sensual.  Descriptive and vivid, the words paint a picture that's alluring and engaging.  I always enjoy this authors writing.  She's good at portraying this Scottish story.  She has me good and stuck.

The transition to this modern world in this spin-off was done well.  I enjoyed the historical tale and am still enjoying the story of the Warriors and the Druids in the modern world.  I'll definitely stay stuck in this series.  Have you read it?  You should.


Driven by the fierce god within him, highlander Ian Kerr is sworn to fight for the land he loves—and the brother he lost. But when he’s transported four centuries into the future, he finds himself fighting his own desires—for a beautiful, bewitching woman who could hold a warrior spellbound…

Danielle Buchanan has heard the legends. She has felt the power of Druid blood in her veins. But she has never known a man as fearsome—or as haunted—as the warrior Ian. With her magic, Dani must help him fight an ancient evil. With her heart, she must join him in his quest. But only with her soul can she free him from his curse…and seal their fates together.

Ian lost his twin.  They had shared a god between them and when Duncan, his brother, died, Ian had to deal with the god all on his own.  He hides to try and get the god under control.  But even hidden, Danielle is drawn to him.

I worried about Ian all through the last book.  I was so glad his book was next.  I really am close to these characters.  They are family to me.  This author always has great full characters that I enjoy.  Danielle is the new character.  She's had loss in her past.  Raised in the US, she lost her parents at age 10.  Sent to Scotland to live with her aunt, Danielle learned about who she was as a druid.  Her druid power drives her crazy.  She finds objects and objects is able to tell her who they belonged to and she is forced to return them.  That power is what brings her to Ian.

The relationship between Ian and Danielle is a powerful connection that lets Ian learn to control his god.  I really enjoyed that aspect of their story.  The powerful warriors are always there for their druids and it was nice for that to do the other way.

The series has expanded to include a modern evil.  Declan wants Deidre and Satan wants them together.  Yeah, Deidre isn't having it.  But now that a modern evil exists, Deidre can be killed.  I admit to being excited for that to happen.  Can't stand her.  It seems a brilliant plan by the author to further transition the series to the modern times.  Well played. 

I continue to enjoy these books.  There are great characters, creative writing and an interesting story line.  The companion nature of the books makes them easy to be read stand alone.  I enjoy the small battles that are won in each story as the series plot moves along.  It's a great way to keep me reading.

Definitely want to keep reading this series.  Have you read it?  You should.  


Defenders against evil. Bound by the gods. The Dark Warriors are taking their battle from ancient Scotland to the modern world—where a woman's love can set them free…


Captivating and enticing, Saffron Fletcher is a rarity in the Druid world—a Seer. She is the ultimate prize in an epic battle. After suffering horrendously at the hands of evil, her thirst for justice is all that keeps her going. Can she put her trust in the sinfully gorgeous, wonderfully dangerous Warrior who haunts her dreams and promises retribution for their common enemy?


Camdyn MacKenna is hungry for revenge…until he falls prey to Saffron's seductive magic. She enchants him like no other. But if Camdyn yields to her allure, will he be strong enough to defeat their sworn enemy—and resist the rising forces of evil that could destroy their love forever?

This story starts back at the castle which just made me happy.  The first two books in this series starts away from the castle with just one warrior and a druid.  The story would wind it's way back to the castle but I missed all the friends there.  This one starts back with the group together, working together.  I like that better than one warrior on his own.  This is Saffron and Camdyn's book.

Saffron had been imprisoned by Declan for 3 years and he used a spell to blind her.  Camdyn had rescued her in a previous book and brought her back to MacLaud castle.  Now that the spell that was blinding her had been removed in the last book, Saffron needs to get her life back.  She's a seer and can help the Warriors a lot but her mother is trying to steal her money.  There is much for her to do.

As for Camdyn, he's trying to pretend that there are no feeling between him and Saffron.  He had a wife years ago and she aged and died before his eyes.  That is something he doesn't want to go through again.  So he's keeping his distance.

The group is working towards killing Deirdre.  They are looking for her twin sister to help them finally eliminate that evil from the world.  It's a complex tale with lots of obstacles to overcome. Through those obstacles, Camdyn and Saffron learn what's most important to them.

I continue to enjoy this series   It has great characters and writing plus an intriguing story line that keeps me wondering.


Defenders against evil. Bound by the gods. The Dark Warriors are taking their battle from ancient Scotland to the modern world—where a woman’s love can set them free…


For ten long years, Tara has been a woman on the run, hiding from the magic-wielding Warriors and Druids of modern-day Scotland. Now, as a tour guide at a remote Highland castle, she hopes to finally escape her past—until one impossibly gorgeous man enters her life…and exposes her wildest secrets.


For centuries, Ramsey MacDonald has concealed his strength and skill as part Warrior, part Druid, for fear of unleashing the full force of his power. But when he takes Tara into his arms—and seals their fate with a kiss—Ramsey will have to fight for her love…though it may mean losing control of the magic inside him.

Now that Deidre is dead, the group is trying to focus on Declan.  That takes Ramsey to find Tara.  Saffron's vision lets them know that Declan is after her.  So Ramsey is under cover trying to get close to her.  

There's this fascinating reaction to Ramsey when he touches Tara.  Swirls of magic show on his skin and last for several minutes.  He's not sure what to think about that.  But her reaction to an unknown guest has him sure of her fear of Declan.  I really enjoyed the interaction between these two.  Ramsey tries to gain her trust.  She tries to resist him for his own protection, which is funny because he's a warrior.  But it was so entertaining watching them together.  

Ramsey had hidden the fact that he was a druid as well as a warrior from his friends for years but that came out in the last book.  Now he's using his magic more.  And he's a very powerful druid.  But he seems to think he needs to take Declan out on his own.  Of course they won't let him and it's a good thing.  I was very glad with the conclusion of this book.  It makes me wonder what's going to happen next.

As always, this author does a good job with the characters I already love and an interesting story that surprised me.  It's a great series that I will definitely continue to read.


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