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Mystic Warrior by Patricia Rice

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Cover art: Mystic Warrior Reviewer: Jillean Key
Title: Mystic Warrior - 3rd in the Mystic Isle series
Author: Patricia Rice
Publisher: New American Library
ISBN: 978-0-451-22747-8
Release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: During the French Revolution
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Patricia's Website: www.patriciarice.com


The story begins with Murdoch Le Droit returning home to the Isle of Aelynn from his adventures at sea. He is hoping to court the Oracleís daughter Lissandra. The two of them were always together as children. He has always known he would court her but has had to wait until she got older. He is, however, banished when evidence leads the people of Aelynn to believe that he killed Lissandraís father.

He makes his way to Otherworld (the real world) and to atone for the trouble he has caused at home, he helps innocent citizens escape the Tribunal. The Tribunal is the group that is condemning people to the Guillotine.

Several years pass and the environment on Aelynn is going horribly wrong. The crops are dying, the weather is erratic and the volcano on the isle is beginning to erupt lava and ash. Lissandra knows that she must leave her home and travel to Otherworld to find Murdoch and convince him to come home. She believes that he is the isleís only hope to fixing the problems they face. Once she finds him, the attraction she felt as a child comes back in full force. She knows that she must put those feelings aside for the good of her home if they are to help fix the problems plaguing the Isle.

I really liked this book but found that it was hard to start. I usually find books in a series easier to read without having to read the previous books in the series. This book is one exception. I highly recommend reading the first two in the series before starting this one. I felt like I was missing a lot of the beginning plot by starting with the third book.

Overall, though it was a great book once it got going. If you are a fan of Arthur and the Holy Grail legends I think youíll find a lot in common. The Isle of Aelynn for example could be likened to Avalon. There are other similarities but I feel it would spoil the plot if I mentioned them here. I also liked the relationship between Murdoch and Lissandra. Itís a very classic story. They grew up together and formed a great friendship. Then, as they got older their feelings grew. A conflict occurs between them and you find out if they will work it out and live happily ever after (sorry donít want to give it away). This is definitely a good addition to any library.

Jillean

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