The perfect Immortal warrior. A set of stolen, priceless artifacts. An ancient sect determined to bring about the downfall of human civilization.
When a team of scientists unearth scriptures older than the Dead Sea Scrolls in a cave in Egypt, a mystery lost to the tides of time is uncovered. Heading the expedition is Dimitri Reznak, the Head of the Crovir Immortal Culture & History Section. But the monumental discovery is spoiled by evidence of looting and half the priceless artifacts Reznak has sought for centuries have disappeared.
Alexa King is a covert agent for the Crovir First Council. Cold, deadly, unrivaled on the battlefield, she is the perfect warrior. When her godfather Dimitri approaches her for a mission that could elucidate the enigma of her lost past, Alexa is drawn into the dangerous and shadowy world of secret religious societies along with Zachary Jackson, a gifted human and Harvard archaeology professor assigned to help her.
In their hunt for the missing artifacts, Alexa and Zachary cross path with a sinister sect whose origins are as mystifying as the relics they are searching for, and unveil a centuries-old plan that aims to shatter the very structure of civilized society.
From North Africa to the doors of Vatican City and beyond, Alexa and Zachary must outwit the enemy and uncover the astonishing truth behind the missing artifacts and Alexa’s own unearthly origins before all is lost.
Warrior is the exciting, action-packed follow-up to Hunted and the second installment in AD Starrling’s multi-award winning, action thriller series Seventeen. If you like high-octane, fast-paced adventures that combine science and a dose of the paranormal, then you’ll love the world of Seventeen.
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King’s Crusade by A.D. Starrling is the second book in a series called Seventeen. Alexa King is an assassin for the immortal race, the Crovirs. Her adoptive father, Dmitri Reznak, enlists her in a mission, pulling her away from her job, which could reveal not only her own past but the past of the immortal races. King partners with the insufferable Harvard professor Zachary Jackson to help Reznak track down the thieves that looted caves that could hold the secret of the origin of the immortal races. As they hunt the thieves, they discover a secret society is working to bring down civilization as it is known. Together, King and Jackson must find the looted artifacts, find the thieves, contend with the growing emotional attachment between them, and fight for their lives while they are at it.
Similar to the first novel in the series, this sequel was a fast paced adventure. It was unique from the first novel in that the characters were different. It was a story from the same world following the events from the first novel, but the focus of the story is on a different set of characters. I thought that this was especially unique and I loved the new characters. The story tied really well to the first novel without depending on it too heavily. This shift also builds up the world in the story a little more: it was from the perspective of another immortal race than in the first. I really liked all of the characters. I loved the relationship between Alexa and Zachary and I especially loved Zachary’s character. Alexa is a classic cold assassin and Zachary is the standard insufferable academic. But in their circumstances the characters seem to work. The driving mystery was fascinating and dug into the origins of the immortal races, again building up the world in the story some more. There were a lot of action scenes and they were fast paced. As action scenes are not my preference, this was frustrating because it was easy to become confused and the action fight scenes seemed to meld together. However, the action scenes were dynamic and were filled with details needed for the story to progress. The biological aspects in the first novel are replaced with archaeology and technology, which balance the fight scenes really well. The story had a great end and I’m really excited to keep learning more about the immortal races and the key players as this series progresses.
The narration by Michael Bower was, as before, really excellent. He voiced all of the characters really well, which must have been challenging with the different accents. The pacing was good and the dynamics of narration that he displayed in the first novel were still present and made the story even better. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes fast paced action adventure stories with a lot of intrigue and history.
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