Having escaped from the black market arena and her life as a slave, Taryn sets her sights back on the task she began seven hundred years ago when her brother stole a precious sword, but in the three centuries she’s been a captive, everything has changed. Corrupted by a craving for power, her brother has become dangerously obsessed with finding the blade and using it to claim the ultimate treasure—the position of King of Hell.
Faced with having to end her beloved twin brother to stop him from bringing all of Hell to its knees before him, will Taryn be strong enough to use the very blade he seeks against him? And when Bleu finally catches his elusive prey, will he listen to his head as it demands he complete his mission or his heart as it demands he claim his eternal mate?
We glimpsed Taryn when Bleu rescued the captured female elves from a black market slave market in Bitten by a Hellcat and it was obvious this was going to be one hell of a chase. This female is the key to retrieving a magical sword stolen from the elves and this is one mission Bleu is determined not to fail. I'd like to say Bleu has all the answers because hey, I do like that cocky male, but he is in for a rude awakening and it's one that just might bring him crashing down to his knees!
Oh, what do I say? Bleu is obsessed by Taryn and kind of needed a slap on the head to realise why. I loved seeing his interactions with his prince Loren, as it was plain to see his loyalty was so strong; and Bleu might never admit it, but there's a deep abiding friendship there. In fact, not only do we see Loren and how he is moving forward but frankly we get glimpses of most of our favourite characters. I think showing us Prince Vail in this story was simply genius. Such a tortured male and I always wondered what happened to him and here Ms Heaton pulls no punches as healing a wound that's soul deep is a slow and torturous process. Possessed by a Dark Warrior brings so many together as there's a huge battle royal, and if you love dragons then this author describes it in cinematic detail. I felt every turn, could feel the wind as they slashed, and my heart stopped at the break neck speed as the dragons plummeted! Just fabulous writing that brought so much to life.
Now you have probably noticed I haven't really mentioned the romance between Bleu and Taryn. I'm not sure I always liked her as his heroine. I do understand her need to try and save her twin brother, Tenak, but casting herself as the enemy felt a little extreme. Taryn has suffered so much and is still dealing with the emotional stress of her captivity and yet her love for her (absolutely barking mad) brother gives her hope of saving him. Sometimes if you love something you have to let it go and that's going to be an almost impossible task for our dragoness. Plus Tenak is a really nasty piece of work and what he does to those he captures is beyond cruel. Yet Bleu and Taryn do find love in that awful place and it's a love Bleu never thought he would experience. No instant love, but an incredibly strong attraction that just cannot be ignored. Bleu may have watched his friends (now come on Bleu admit it, they are your friends!) find that special person who fills their darkest places with light and he really didn't get it, but now finally it's his turn to fall and fall hard.
There's steam aplenty here but for me it's the insights into the personalities that pulled me in the most. This world Ms Heaton has created is addictive. Such a complex cast of characters with a diverse range of species. Elves, demons, witches, and dragons dominate in this book but I'm hoping she will include her angels soon and there's a certain demon king who has me screaming for more! Another well written story and I cannot recommend the Eternal Mates series highly enough.
I was gifted a copy of Possessed by a Dark Warrior in exchange for an honest review.