Title: Warders: Volume Two (Warders #4-6)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 311
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Most humans live in blissful ignorance, never dreaming of the frightening surprises and paranormal danger that lurks in the night. Most… but not all. These few who stand against the darkness are the Warders, men who fight demons and square off against all kinds of creatures from the pit with only their brothers-in-arms and their lovers-their Hearths-to strengthen them in the unending battle of good versus evil. Sinnerman (June 2011), Nexus (October 2011), and Cherish Your Name (December 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.
I was so looking forward to reading Jackson’s and Raph’s story. Thought it would be good if not better than the last book in the series. Well, that was a let down. Seriously, this book had so much potential and I feel that it was wasted. IMO there wasn’t an equal balance between the norm/paranormal worlds. There could have been with the Saudrian demon thing, but no it was just a brief mention. Honestly, it felt like a really short unfulfilling story. Not to mention the Jael and Deidre aspect that came out of nowhere. Then there is the ending, while they do get their HEA; it just didn’t do it for me.
I have to say that this story was way better than Sinnerman. I felt this had a better balance of real world/paranormal, which made me enjoy the story much more. A piece of me wishes that the battle between Moira and the Warders could’ve been dragged out more to add to the overall story. Nevertheless, I felt that the conclusion to the story was far better than all the previous books. I’m not saying that any one of them left me hanging; more so that they were abrupt.
Cherish Your Name
So, in the beginning I was so not a fan of Dylan. How he treated Malic, granted he is younger, was not his finest moment. Especially given their special connection as Hearth and Warder. It just seemed a bit off, mainly because in Tooth and Nail, Dylan was so relentless and possessive. All I can say is: Respect people! In the end, both were at fault in their own way; however IMO Dylan more so. I felt that the neighbor/Collector Demon storyline could’ve been expanded upon, because like everything else it seemed a bit rushed. However, out of all the books so far in the series this one actually has a more complete ending and a true HEA.