The Warrior (Dante Walker Series #3)

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War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.

Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.

Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle ...

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Overview

War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.

Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.

Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.

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"Dante is the kind of guy I wish I'd met when I was seventeen. And the kind of guy I'd kill if my daughter brought him home." -Mary Lindsey, author of SHATTERED SOULS

"Dante isn't just your run-of-the-mill YA bad boy...he's a villain. [And] you can't take your eyes off him because he's hot, witty, and just fascinating. And all the while you'll be thinking, I can't wait to see this boy's world get rocked." —Wendy Higgins, author of SWEET EVIL

"Victoria Scott is a fabulous new voice in YA." —C.C. Hunter, author of the New York Times bestselling series, SHADOW FALLS

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"Dante is the kind of guy I wish I'd met when I was seventeen. And the kind of guy I'd kill if my daughter brought him home." -Mary Lindsey, author of SHATTERED SOULS

"Dante isn't just your run-of-the-mill YA bad boy...he's a villain. [And] you can't take your eyes off him because he's hot, witty, and just fascinating. And all the while you'll be thinking, I can't wait to see this boy's world get rocked." —Wendy Higgins, author of SWEET EVIL

"Victoria Scott is a fabulous new voice in YA." —C.C. Hunter, author of the New York Times bestselling series, SHADOW FALLS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622662784
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Dante Walker Series , #3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 182,862
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Scott is the author of the DANTE WALKER trilogy (Entangled Teen), and the FIRE & FLOOD series (Scholastic). Victoria has a master's degree in marketing, and lives in Dallas with her husband. She hearts cotton candy and loves chatting with readers on her site: victoriascottya.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Wonderful

    My fav in the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

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    The Dante Walker books by Victoria Scott have been one of my fav

    The Dante Walker books by Victoria Scott have been one of my favorite books to read. And trust me when I say that Dante Walker is one bad boy that you will be falling head over heels in lust with.

    I am pretty sad that The Warrior is the final book in this series. I, for one, am going to miss Dante’s cocky attitude, his conceited ways, and just everything that is Dante! He is a character that readers won’t forget, that’s for darn sure.

    In The Warrior, the liberators are getting ready for the ultimate battle against the collectors. If they lose, demons will walk the earth and life will be forever changed. Hell still has their claim on Aspen, the soldier in the prophecy, but the liberators/heaven has Charlie, the savior. Although Dante has his Charlie back, safe and sound, in his arms, he is still gung ho on rescuing the girl (Aspen) who has come to be like a sister to him, from the fiery pits of hell.

    But is it even possible? With Aspen visiting Dante regularly in his dreams, does this mean that their souls have connected somehow? Or does it mean the one thing that Dante is afraid has happened…that Aspen is dead and it’s all Dante’s fault.

    With the final days of the most important battle of their lives, Dante needs to figure out who the traitor is that hides within the liberator’s stronghold and find out what the words on the scroll mean so that they can figure out how to win this battle.

    Lines are crossed, trusts are broken, and faith is tested in this final installment in the Dante Walker series.

    Dante Walker is one of those characters that you just can’t get enough of. He’s also one of those characters that, even though it’s been sometime between books, readers can easily fall back in love with just by his first words that come out of his mouth. I love his cocky bad boy attitude, even though he is not much bad boy anymore. He’s more like a love sick puppy…with great one liners and still sexy as all heck.

    If you’re looking for action, The Warrior by Victoria Scott has it all. With the collectors and their sirens being a constant threat (they’re hanging off the side of the cliff waiting after all), and with black holes popping up at any time inside the liberators compound (thanks to a frickin’ traitor – gah!), Dante and the crew are constantly on their toes. And then the final battle… so many feels guys. Even before the battle! Ugh…

    You know that final books have to go out with a bang. There will be multiple twists and turns and gasp worthy moments…there will be lives lost (obviously!) and big revelations. That is what you will find in The Warrior. What I also did find was myself chuckling to myself throughout the book. Dante delivers some of his best lines in this final book. From the beginning straight through to the end, Dante doesn’t miss a beat…

    Victoria Scott has created an amazing series and some unforgettable cast of characters. I’m sad to see it all wrap up, but all good things must come to an end. *single tear* Fans of bad boys, angels and demons, and prophecy reads will really enjoy the Dante Walker series by Victoria Scott…

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

    I must say that I truly enjoyed the Dante Walker series. Victori

    I must say that I truly enjoyed the Dante Walker series. Victoria Scott was able to create such a fascinating character through Dante. He's not for everyone, but I loved him, even when he made me cringe. What I truly enjoyed throughout this series was the character development. We really get to see Dante become so much more than just the superficial collector he started as. Even though he fights against it often, his growth was a beautiful thing (even if he did maintain his swagger, snark, and crudeness). Not only does Dante grow in leaps and bounds, but the other characters as well, from Charlie to Aspen to everyone else. I loved the depths that were explored within this entertaining story.

    This final book also takes us into action upon action, situation upon situation, mystery upon mystery. I felt like I was right alongside Dante trying to piece everything together, see how it would all end, imagine yet try not to imagine who wouldn't make it in the end, and not give up hope. There were many twists and turns, and I truly respected all the thought and plot that went into this series, and this last book in particular. Along with the action, there was also some love and romance in the air. Up to the very end, I was fascinated, intrigued, and entertained. No spoilers here. You'll have to read it to figure out what I'm talking about. But I was satisfied with how it all turned out.

    As with the previous books, I had some theological issues and question some of the choices of these characters and why these things were found acceptable amongst "liberators." Because of this, I couldn't give it 5 stars. But had I not had these issues, I would have bumped up my rating.

    I loved the Dante Walker series. Each book has gripped and entertained me. Each book has shed increasing light on Dante Walker and his misfit friends. Each book has developed into more and more of a fascinating picture. The Warrior, our grand finale, was fabulous, entertaining, action-packed, and romantic. And I must say that Victoria Scott is a fantastic writer. I was completely impressed with all the things coming out of Dante's mouth and mind, and how three books in, she could continue to come up with new ways and sayings that made Dante so very "Dante." Well done!

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    Oh, Dante¿ I just can¿t get enough of you. This story starts ri

    Oh, Dante… I just can’t get enough of you.

    This story starts right where The Liberator left off. With Aspen still in hell, the war between heaven and hell, angels and demons, is quickly approaching. Dante and his team are working hard to prepare for the war… and to protect Charlie. Yes, most of this series seems to center around protecting Charlie. Nothing else could possibly demand this much of Dante’s attention. It’s easy to tell how much he loves her. Their romance is one of my favorite aspects to this series. Especially in this one, where we get a few sexy scenes with Dante and Charlie. (They’re so stinkin’ cute!)

    I have to admit, I felt like there were wayyyy too many relationships blossoming in this book though. Every time a new character walked in, someone had a crush on that person. It was a little too convenient. But since I love romance in novels, it didn’t bother me all that much. It was just something I noticed. Man, if it was only that easy to find a significant other in the real world. ;)

    The best part of this entire series: DANTE! His voice is hilarious!! One of my all-time favorite MC’s, ever. He’s so conceited, sarcastic, snarky at times, and downright hilarious!! If you haven’t met Dante yet, here’s a little taste:


    “That was pretty cool how you tumbled with Kraven. And you really don’t have to treat me like I’m some supreme being.” I say. “But you can call me Jesus if you want.”

    Oh, you want more, you say? Here ya go!


    “Don’t try to understand us. It’s impossible, like staring into the sun.”

    How can you not love that guy?! And someone who’s almost as cool as Dante? His BFF, Max! It’s nearly impossible not to love these two. As Dante’s best friend, Max is very similar in his sarcasm, yet has his own unique silliness and sense of charm. Gotta love these “brothers from a different mother!”

    My only complaint was this story, as opposed to The Collector and The Liberator, was a little too easily put together. Like everything was perfectly timed and planned out, all to happen at an exact point. But I do have to say the story was very quick-moving, there was always something happening, and there was definitely a lot of excitement, especially around the halfway point. It wasn’t as earth-shattering as I had hoped though. I thought for sure Victoria Scott would take us on an amazingly-insane ride to end this series, but I wasn’t left with that “WOW!” feeling I had hoped for. Because of this, this is probably my least favorite in this series. Still an amazing series that I would strongly recommend.

    I’m missing Dante already…. :(

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    I was waiting (not so patiently) for the release of this the fin

    I was waiting (not so patiently) for the release of this the final book in the trilogy, and hoping it would be as wonderful as I anticipated. Unfortunately, it was not the wonderful ending I waited for. It was so above and beyond what I imagined it to be! I was drawn in and not released until the end of the very last page! Dante Walker definitely made the wait so worth it! This book has it all, angels, demons, good guys, bad guys, suspense, drama, hysterical one liners, romance, love, friendships, heartbreaks, grief, triumph, and even pulls a few tears from the reader. It's a one of a kind book that could stand alone without the other books in the trilogy, but it makes the trilogy a solid stand out series! If someone doesn't pick this up to make a movie out of it they are missing a great opportunity, because I think this one could easily top twilight and hunger games! Victoria Scott, again you do not disappoint! I look forward to whatever your next adventure will be. Maybe a follow up of Dante, Charlie, Annabelle, and Kraven's children having to take on a whole new set of wild adventures. Who knows, it's just a thought! POW! (((Wink)))

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

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    The Warrior is the third novel in the Dante Walker series by Vic

    The Warrior is the third novel in the Dante Walker series by Victoria Scott. So beware of spoilers for the first two books.




    As we know the books have been leading up to an ultimate war. How could things not end that way with the how they have been escalating. We spend about 60% of this book preparing for it. Although there are scrimiches and fact finding missions intertwined. Plus a traitor in the mix but you have to figure on that. There are characters we have known from the beginning and characters that are new to group. To be honest even though I had my guesses it’s kind of like the who done it crime where everyone could have a possible motive. No matter how well you think you know them. 




    With that being said I have to tell you how unpredictable the ending is. I’m not talking about who prevails and who doesn’t, it’s the little things. The things that are written in the scroll that can sometimes seem obvious and sometimes not. Some of my guesses were wrong, some were right. It had that element of surprise in many ways and I think that Victoria did an absolutely fantastic job with it. Not only that, I was so happy that all this anticipation of a battle lead up to a real battle. Not just one big epic push that you feel unsatisfied with but things that happen to bring it all together. I was super happy with the ending. I thought it played out so well and made perfect sense. It was a great climax to this story. There is some definitely sad things but they had to happen in order to bring us to the happy things. 




    Dante is as always interesting. The thing that I have loved about him in this series, which has endeared me to him even when he is full of himself is that even though he has developed and learned. His basic character is still the same. The changes that happen to him, that he makes for his life are not far fetched or out of character. He stays true to himself, his basic self. When we finally meet the end game Dante it’s still Dante. Just the pimped out version.




    I’ve never been strongly attached to Charlie. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because it’s not in her point of view. The thing that has been interesting to me in all 3 books is how Dante mentions things he misses about her original self, before the contract. Like he’s not fully happy with the changes she’s made. Which I think is something important to take note of. Dante thinks any version of Charlie is beautiful. She is a strong tough girl and even though her distance from Dante because of what happened with Aspen makes me sad. She really fits into her role perfectly. I might not be overly attached to Charlie but I like how she influences Dante. How her importance to him helps shapes him.




    Of course there are so many other great characters. If Dante and Charlie were at an awards show their list of...I would like to thank… would be pretty long. I don’t want to delve too much into them because I don’t want to give anything away about their stories. I can tell you that the characters that you thought were kick ass, quirky and annoying are still as enjoyable as they were before.




    One thing I was thinking about with this book is that it’s a battle between Heaven and Hell, and how as I writer I imagine it’s hard to address. You don’t want to focus on one religion so that’ it’s relatable so you have to strip it down to the basics. Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demons and redemption. I really liked how it was done with this series. It’s unique with it’s soul sealing and collecting and it’s one of my favorite things about the plot. 




    I really enjoyed this conclusion to the Dante Walker series and I will definitely miss him. I’m not sure how my life will go without him telling me how awesome he is. 

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

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    5 stars - A masterful puzzle woven from trust and love! Firs

    5 stars - A masterful puzzle woven from trust and love!


    First Impressions...

    I have loved this series from the start. Every book has been 5 stars. Dante is fun, powerful and insightful. I was totally excited for the end.


    The Characters...

    Not sure if anyone would be surprised by this but Dante is my favorite in this book and this series. His strength and self-importance is endearing and so funny but what really draws me to him is his doubt. His love for Charlie brings him from a collector to a liberator but he's never been convinced that he's good enough. He goes through the motions but be doesn't believe in his worth. But there is a masterful plan to teach him and he goes kicking and screaming. I see so much of myself in him. I just adore him for his weakness.



    Charlie has always been sweet. She is not the focus except as Dante loves her. I care for her and she did stress me during this book but she is not my passion.



    Other characters endured themselves to me but again were not the focus. This is Dante Walker's show and he definitely stole the stage.


    The Story...

    I am always amazed at Victoria Scott's magic. She weaves a puzzle and has you thinking but always holds back just enough that you're never sure until the characters are. Hidden between her living, breathing characters the clues are there and clear, should be all seeing.



    Fun and addictive, this story had me laughing and crying. I was captivated as Dante figures things out about himself and then about how to fix the problem at hand. The themes are strong of forgiveness, self acceptance and love, all wrapped up in a very enjoyable journey.


    Did I Put It Down...

    Nope.


    In The End...

    If you enjoy the YA scene, if you enjoy paranormal, or if you just love a great story with some meaning behind it, then you need this book, this series. Pick it up.

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Warrior

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    The Warrior by Victoria Scott
    Book Three of the Dante Walker series
    Publisher: Entangled Teen
    Publication Date: May 6, 2014
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC provided for the blog tour




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.




    Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.




    Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.




    What I Liked:




    Wow. Another series over! 2014 seems to be the year that I finish series, which is a good thing. I tend to start series, and not finish them. I'm so glad I had the chance to read this particular set of books. Victoria Scott has such a unique writing style, filled with humor and plenty of teenage voice. 




    Dante has a lot on his plate - with Aspen stuck in hell, Kraven behind everyone for training, and cracking an encrypted message. Blue blames Dante for leaving Aspen in hell, even though Dante didn't exactly try to leave her there - she stayed. A lot is riding on that encrypted message, as well as Charlie and Aspen's role in bringing about peace on Earth. How will things shake out? I guess you'll have to read this book to find out...




    I'm going to keep this review kind of short and vague, because I don't want to spoil anything. But basically, this is a great conclusion novel. You know how I'm always scared of reading conclusion novels, because they tend to be super sad and bittersweet and scary to read? Well, I jumped into this one with two feet - I wasn't too worried about a bittersweet ending. It just didn't seem like Scott's style - and I was right. The ending, as well as the book overall, is pretty positive. I mean, a good portion of this book is gloom and doom, because Aspen is in hell, but you just know things can't stay like that.




    There are new characters, there are old characters, and then there are old characters who are brought into the spotlight on a more personal level. I like what Scott did with Annabelle, the Quiet Sisters (I think that's what they're called?), Kraven, Blue, Max. Everyone's roles seem more important, more crucial. The cast of characters in general is pretty likable and fabulous, in my opinion. Scott has a way of introducing characters and giving them unique and fresh voices.




    I love Scott's writing style. There is so much humor to this book (and series), despite everything being about war and death and collectors and liberators and the balance of good and bad things. Dante is soooo funny - his inner monologue is really entertaining.




    The romance is clean (meaning, no love triangle) - thank goodness. I can't stand love triangles. Throughout this entire series, there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE. Yay for that! Also, I like how Scott brought romance to several other characters - I definitely didn't see some of them. Heh.




    Overall, I'm quite pleased with this series. I'm not saying it's my all-time favorite series and I'll be reading it forever and ever, but I'm so glad that I got to read these books. I'll definitely be continuing to read Scott's books, followed next by Salt & Stone! Out in 2015. Yay for that!




    What I Did Not Like:




    I really can't think of too much for this section... at times, the story dragged a wee bit. Also, I feel like not a lot of BIG things happened, but maybe that's why the story dragged a bit? Like, the climax could have taken place from the very beginning of this book. But it didn't, so the story seemed a little stretched out.




    Would I Recommend It:




    I would definitely recommend you read this book, if you've read books one and two, or even just book one. It's a satisfying, intriguing paranormal series, and while I'm not in the habit of reading paranormal novels, I wasn't going to miss this one. As a series, I would recommend the books! Especially if you enjoy paranormal books. Especially if you like humorous books. Especially if you like reading from a guy's point-of-view. 




    Rating:




    4 stars. What a finale! It wasn't heartbreaking or bittersweet, like many series conclusions tend to be. I'm glad for that - I hate bittersweet endings. Tragic endings can be okay. But bittersweet - a little bit of both? Nah. Thank you, Victoria Scott, for NOT writing a bittersweet ending!

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    The main reason this series is so fun is because it's just so di

    The main reason this series is so fun is because it's just so different than all the other paranormal books.  And its main character, Dante Walker, is one of the most wildly unique, hilarious protagonists ever.  Victoria Scott is so talented at creating original stories with unforgettable characters, especially in this book.  In fact, I think The Warrior might be my favorite out of the trilogy!  Everything about this book was perfect: characters, plot, action, pacing, romance.  There was hardly a thing I disliked, and it's not often that I read a book like this that I just want to gush over.  But I'm still so blown away by how amazing this book was that I can't help it!  




    I just love all the characters.  I'll admit I was a little nervous going into this book that I would forget all the minor characters, but it was easy to remember them.  I love all the varied interactions and relationships between the characters, and not just the romance.  Yes, Dante and Charlie are adorable, but I also loved the deep friendship between Dante and his best friend, Max, as well Dante's friendships with Anabelle and Blue.  It was just so sweet to watch how all the friendships and romances grew.  Although, admittedly, my heart was totally broken by some events that happened at the end of the book.




    The romance takes a backseat in this book since there's so much plot development, but that's not to say that it isn't present.  In fact, there's several romantic storylines scattered throughout the story, and I quite liked that.  Even though Dante is the only narrator - and even though he's quite sarcastic - the cute moments between characters such as Anabelle and Kraven, and Max and Valery, were added in perfectly.  And of course, Dante and Charlie remain an adorable couple.  Dante is so protective of her, but I love how by the end of the book, he learns how to let her fight for herself and be her own person.




    The plot blew me away with the detailed world-building and suspense.  There's never a lack of action, and the big battle and showdown at the end does not disappoint.  Not only did I love the action scenes, I love how Victoria Scott holds nothing back.  She's not afraid to let characters get hurt.  *sniffle sniffle*  Plus, there are a couple fantastic twists, seeing as how Dante and the others must decide who can be trusted.  The first twist completely blindsided me - it was so shocking and painful that I couldn't believe it.  The second one, I kind of saw coming, but I still felt the emotional impact.  Scott is so good at making you invested in the story so that you feel everything the characters are suffering.  And the ending was just great; that epilogue wrapped up the series perfectly.




    I've enjoyed this series so much.  It's guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, and you'll be completely wrapped up in the characters' journeys.  I'm going to miss Dante Walker and the rest of the gang, but I'm so glad I got the chance to read this series!  You don't want to miss out on this addictive series.




    *I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

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    FEELS CLUTCHING end to Dante Walker's story. Dante's struggle t

    FEELS CLUTCHING end to Dante Walker's story.

    Dante's struggle to find forgiveness (something he doesn't think he deserves) and to have faith not only in himself, but in the Guy with the plan, brings the entire series full circle. The relationships that develop and progress were my favorite part of this, and I especially enjoyed watching Dante and Kraven throw down. Speaking of Kraven...he needs his own novella or something because that dude is full of secrets and---other stuff. O.O

    The Warrior is a fast paced, action packed, FEELS CLUTCHING end to Dante Walker's story. One that has all of the humor and witty banter readers love as well as a few surprises, but leaves no question unanswered.

    What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing. Everything about this ending was exactly how it should have been.

    Final Verdict: Thank, Victoria Scott for bringing Dante Walker into my life! Y'all both got swagga for days and I love you! ;)

    Favorite Quote(s): "Dear Big Guy, way to abandon my a** in hell."

    "Well, you do have seductive hair. That's a weapon if I've ever seen one."

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    I can¿t believe the time has come for this series to end! Readin

    I can’t believe the time has come for this series to end! Reading The Warrior was a bittersweet experience. I found myself not only excited to see how the war between Heaven and Hell would play out and what would become of all our beloved characters, but also sad to know it would be the end of Dante Walker’s story.




    I will keep this brief since it is a finale book but I think fans of the two previous books will be pleased overall. Like a lot of finale books with a war brewing, I was worried the pacing would start out slow with all the action focused on the end. And in ways I think that can be said for this one as well but there were some really great moments sprinkled in during the wait that grabbed my attention. I think part of my problem is I get so anxious for what is to come. I must say, Victoria Scott managed to throw a couple surprises at me! There were things I saw coming, definitely, but a few things I didn’t see that left me in shock and feeling all kinds of feels I can’t get into much further without spoiling. I will admit, though, that I teared up a time or two but in the end I was pleased how everything wrapped up.




    Dante Walker has always been such an interesting character I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. His voice was like no other – full of so much arrogance but in a charming way. He made this series just so much fun to read, always putting a smile on my face and making me laugh. He changes so much in these books but you can count on him to never fail and throw his cocky attitude around. Even though things get a little heavy in this book, he continued to be who he was, as always.




    "If war is coming, I make it look damn good."

    Charlie showed so much growth as well and was a huge force to be reckoned with, though part of me missed that quirky girl we first met in The Collector. My love for Annabelle grew in this book as I found myself getting very invested in her own story happening, a little love triangle blossoming on the side. In fact, I even wanted more of it! Really, all of the secondary characters added a great flare to the overall ending. I was invested in them all, which made the war that much more stressful! I needed all of my favorites to be okay and well, that added a lot of excitement and nerves to my reading experience.




    If you haven’t already started this series, I would absolutely recommend it if you are looking for a fun paranormal read. Dante Walker is a one-of-a-kind character with such a memorable voice and the series was consistently a delight from start to finish.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Such a fantastic, unpredictable and action-packed conclusion! Da

    Such a fantastic, unpredictable and action-packed conclusion! Dante... Be still my heart. I'd be happy to have you as my warrior any day. THE WARRIOR is a fitting final installment Victoria Scott's trilogy.

    If I could only use two worlds to describe THE WARRIOR those words would be "suspicion" and "suspense". As the group of humans and Liberators prepares for the prophesied battle with the Collectors and the Big Bad leader of Hell himself. Dante must figure out a way to retrieve Aspen, deal with seeing disturbing visions of her in his dreams at night and protect Charlie. Jeez, how much is one guy - even a guy with mad skillz like Dante - suppose to handle?

    Dante Walker has transformed so much since his days as a Collector, even still he never loses that spark that many readers love most about him.While I love his 'tude and cocky humor, I equally enjoy the sweeter side of him. The side that swears to protect Charlie at all costs. There is plenty of that side seen in this installment. There is also plenty of beating himself up anytime he feels as though he's failed her. Some may find this self-deprecating character flaw to be annoying, but luckily Dante doesn't dwell on any single issue for very long. So much is happening that even Dante is constantly kept on his toes. In addition, Dante's "suspicion radar" is turned up to the max in this installment.

    Because we are inside Date's head the entire time, I'll admit that his insecurities and suspicions made the story insanely unpredictable. THE WARRIOR is easily the least predictable of the entire series. So many things happened to the characters that I had no idea would happen - darn you, Dante for jumping to conclusions and convincing me that you were right! Oh my goodness, I was wrong on more than one occasion. But in my defense, so was Dante.

    I felt a bit disconnected with Charlie in THE WARRIOR. Her and Dante are keeping things from each other - him, his dreams, and her... Well, she's dealing with the weight of the world internally in this book, and poor Dante is frequently left hanging in her wake... and so was I. I feared for her more than I could understand her. This constant fear pulled on my heartstrings and only made me love Dante more. I only wish that Dante and CHarlie could have been more into this together. If anything, that was my biggest issue with THE WARRIOR - not enough Dante-Charlie companionship, too many secrets. In the end I got it, but it really played with my emotions while I was reading.

    There is much planning within THE WARRIOR. When they say "the war between heaven and hell is coming", for a while there it's almost the equivalent to "winter is coming". Haha. Things do happen as the characters await the prophesied battle that will change the world, but so much of the book is spent leading up to that battle. Once they take to the road and as the clock ticks down in the final hours, things seriously heat up, though. Oh, my heart! That final battle! All the lead-up to it was sooo worth it. Talk about exciting! This is certainly a battle worthy of the world's fate being on the line. I just... I may have gasped once, maybe twice. No one is safe. No. One. Trust me when I say that the final scenes will draw both smiles and tears from readers.

    Pros:

    - Readers will be kept guessing until the very last page. Doubt nothing and trust no one.
    - There is one epic battle worthy of the many days spent planning.
    Dante. Endlessly defying authority and spewing out some of his best one liners, you know this is what you want to see in these books.

    Cons:

    - The planning may seem endless early in the book and the pacing may be a bit off, but still, even the first part of the book is broken up with plot twists and the occasional enemy invasion. I wasn't too bothered by the waiting.
    - Charlie's secrets weigh down her character and separate her from both Dante and the reader. There was a bit of a disconnect for me when it came to her.
    - It's over. No more Dante. Waaaahhhh!!

    If there's anything that I'm sad about when it comes to reading THE WARRIOR, it's that this is the end of our time with Dante. I'm gonna miss the unexpected banter that he brings to every page. But who knows, you never know what the future may bring... POW!

    Plot: 10
    Characters: 8
    Setting: 10
    Pacing: 8
    Style: 9

    Grade: 95

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