Sunday, March 23, 2014

Soul of a Warrior by Denna Holm {Blog Tour: Review}

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Title: Soul of a Warrior
Author: Denna Holm
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Release Date: Nov 20 2013
Edition/ Formats Available In: eBook & Print

An act of vengeance leaves three friends and their tabby cat abandoned on a hostile alien world.
Kimi Wicker learns the hard way what it means to have the rug jerked out from under her.  It takes on a whole new meaning when the rug being jerked is Earth and she’s no longer standing on it.
Soul of a Warrior is a science fiction romance that sends Kimi, her two closest friends and a beloved cat on an incredible journey to the planet of Lavina.  Kidnapped by a stranger, they must endure the agony of having their bodies stripped down to pure energy, attached to a beam of light and whisked across the cosmos. Abandoned on this beautiful but treacherous world with no weapons and little information, they face the daunting task of trying to find a way back home again.

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My Review

In one night Kimi's world is changed forever. Taken from the life she has always known and thrust into a world where fantasy is indeed reality, Kimi and her friends must learn to navigate the treacherous lands or lose their lives. 

On the night that Kimi is taken she discovers that there is more to this world then she ever thought possible. She learns that there are in fact other planet's and that aliens really do exist. With this startling discovery is also the truth of who she is. At first Kimi wants to fight it, but with the help of an alien she begins to accept who she is, but before she can fully grasp her new life she is kidnapped and thrust onto an unknown world. Being on a strange planet isn't enough torture for the stranger who kidnaps her, oh no, he has much deeper and more ruthless plans for her. He's going to use her and her true self to seek vengeance for a wrong done to him long ago. He awakens what lives inside Kimi and leaves her to not only navigate a strange planet and the dangers that lurk there, but also the dangers that lurk within her. 

Soul of a Warrior is indeed a complex story, we have the story of Kimi and her friends and the story of those that swear to save her, Denna Holm tells these stories side by side with grace and power. She seamlessly blends the world that we know, the truths that we know with the incredible world of fantasy, bringing to life worlds that can only exist in our dreams. There isn't much I can say about the actual story as much of it is a spoiler, but I can say that I take my hat off to Denna Holm and her spin on both the vampire and werewolf! Soul of a Warrior was definitely a refreshing read! 

When I started Soul of a Warrior I was quickly absorbed in the tale and became desperate to unravel the mystery of each of the characters. Each character was crafted with the story in mind and I fell in love with each of them, including the side characters and the enemies. Denna Holm did a great job breathing life into her characters making them well rounded and believable. She humanized the bad guy and made me see him from a different perspective. Suddenly I found myself wanting mercy for this guy. Yes he is wicked and yes he has done wrong, did do wrong, but he is also a man hurting, a man in pain. For that I prayed for mercy. 

Soul of a Warrior is a story that will take you on a journey to other worlds and bring you creatures that will make you quiver with fear and delight. It fulfills the thirst you have for love, adventure, magic, humor, mystery and supernatural, all in one book. And if you really like the color purple, there is a special place just for you in this book ;) when you read it all will be known. So, I say take an adventure and walk on the side of the unknown and read Soul of a Warrior

About the Author~
A retired FEI competitor in dressage, she earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver Medals.  At the age of thirty she took a chance and stepped out of her comfort zone, entering the exciting new world of dressage. It’s not a move she ever regretted. In the end she believes much of her western training helped her build a closer working relationship with her dressage partner, a thoroughbred racetrack reject named Oregon Sunshine.
After Denna retired from training and showing horses, she turned her full attention to her second passion, writing novels in paranormal and science fiction romance. She was able to use the unique personalities of her many wonderful students to help bring life to her characters. Denna and her husband Lee make their home in the beautiful State of Oregon with their two loyal German shepherds and three spoiled cats. Animals are given a special part in her novels, their offer of unconditional love a lifeline in this oftentimes difficult world.
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