Warrior by Angela Knight
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Review by Hibiscus
In the 24th century, time travel is no longer just a flight of fancy. Tourists, historians, and criminals can leap through time at will. To police the time jumpers, the Temporal Enforcement Agency has established a precinct in time, tucked away in the Georgia mountains.
Galar Arvid, a genetically altered Warlord and agent, has been sent back to 2008 to save a pretty Atlanta artist from a Xeran time traveler who intends to kill her for profit. What Galar doesn’t count on is the powerful desire Jessica Kelly ignites in him. But could a romance between them ever work? A three-hundred-year chasm separates them and, even if they dart through time, there’s still a maniacal killer on their tail...
Warrior is a fascinating look at time jumping and Time Enforcers. It opens a new series called Time Hunters that is spun off of the book Jane's Warrior. There is so much going on in this book that I found I had to concentrate to get all the different characters, aliens and worlds set straight in my mind. This was easily accomplished as I found the descriptions of the worlds and the characters are very detailed and I could picture everything clearly in my mind. I really enjoyed this Sci-Fi/romance.
I liked the character of Jessica Kelly, an artist in 2008 who is targeted for murder by what appears to be someone from the future. Jessica is saved by Galar Arvid and transported to the twenty-third century to keep her safe. Jessica takes everything that happens to her very calmly once she realizes she is in the future. From implants to alien DNA in her brain matter, she adapts very well to her new life. I found her easy acceptance a little unbelievable and wished she'd showed a little more resistance after her initial outburst. But having Galar next to me twenty-four/seven would calm me considerably.
Master Enforcer Galar Arvid is a genetically engineered human. He hunts time injustices and corrects them if they are committed by a future being. When he saves Jessica, his boss assigns him the job of not only protecting her but acclimating her to her new world. Galar was betrayed previously by a lover and now I feel he is what I consider the walking wounded. He cares for Jessica but is afraid to open up in case she is also a traitor. His scene in the jail where Jessica is being held had my heart breaking in two.
There are a plethora of minor characters. Charlotte, Jessica's roommate, is an enigma. She is an Xeran who betrayed her father to embrace the Sela and protect the T'lir but she also infects Jessica and puts her in danger. Charlotte is worthy of a book of her own. Then there is Freika, originally from Jane's Warrior. His one-liners are great and he adds a little zip to each scene he is in.
I loved the idea of time travel as an industry in the future. I could see myself time jumping just as easily as I hop on an airplane. Aliens, traitors, time jumping, death and destruction along with a very hot romance had me reading Warrior in one sitting. I can't wait to see what's next for the Time Hunters.