The Warrior's Prize

The Warrior's Prize

by Claire Delacroix

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The maiden was just another treasure to be won-until she stole his heart and changed his life forever.

Outraged that her beloved brother's soul is to be the Fae tithe to Hell, Elizabeth knows that she must save him. She is the only one in her family who can see the Fae, after all, and is already cursed by their king herself. Malcolm may have offered to replace his comrade out of honor, but Elizabeth knows who better deserves to live-and it is not the handsome rogue, Rafael, who is concerned with his own welfare alone. It should be easy to make a wager with a mercenary, especially as Elizabeth does not care about the cost to herself. To her surprise, though, Rafael proves to be the man who not only takes her dare, but banishes the Fae king's curse with kisses that turn her blood to fire. Could this hardened warrior, who appears to have no heart, be the destined love she has awaited?

At first glimpse, Rafael believes Elizabeth to be an angel sent to judge him-and he knows what her verdict will be. He has made choices in order to survive, and is not proud of them. But Elizabeth dares him to change, with an audacity that awakens a nobility of purpose that Rafael has forgotten he possessed. Can this bold maiden heal the wounds of his past? Can Rafael earn the right to grant her the life she deserves-and do so before the Fae king springs his trap, making Elizabeth his captive forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538012673
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Series: The True Love Brides , #4
Edition description: Barnes and Noble Trade Paperback
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books. Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, and is on the RWA Honor Roll. Deborah lives in Canada with her family and knits too much.

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The Warrior's Prize 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Booktalk_with-Eileen More than 1 year ago
Audiobook Review: I loved the ending to this truly delightful, emotional series. The author has created a wonder world, one easily touched with her brilliant descriptive scenes. This audiobook, with voiceover by Saskia Maarleveld takes the listening to the very source of magic! Maarleveld's lovely tone, perfect pacing and captivating accent will catapult you into this exciting world. I highly recommend this author and this series to those readers who believe in the unbelievable and who love the magic of dancing with the Fae! I enjoyed the fact the author, using another character’s point of view, rewound the story to book three of scenes critical to the understanding of Elizabeth’s story and the dire position she is put in. This style of writing helped me recall the detail of book three, while heightening the suspense of what is to come. I could not put this listen down, truth be known. It was highly suspenseful, layered with themes Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Raphael are struggling with -- the meaning of honor, how a person’s character drives choices made, and how events change how life is perceived. It also highlights the angst a person deals with in changing who they are, and accepting the challenge to be better. Is there honor between warrior men? Raphael saved Malcolm’s life while in battle. Malcolm is indebted to Raphael, and the debt must be paid. Raphael, very foolishly, steps into the trap of the Fae. He is snared and will eternally be joining them. Should Malcolm pay his debt to Raphael by taking his place? It is obvious to Elizabeth, he should not. We have watched Elizabeth grow in this superbly crafted tale. She is the shy one of the sisters, the one needing protection. She is also the only sister who is plagued with seeing the Fae, and has a connection to Dag, the spiggen. She also desires to experience life, to do more than embroidery and help with the Keep. Here in this story she blooms into the woman she is to become. She loves her brother, eager to see him back after so many years from home. She will not let the Fae have their way with him. After all, she knows they already own her, why take her brother? The Fae have found their sacrifice, the clever, but soulless Raphael. Can Elizabeth convince her brother not to take Raphael’s place with the Fae? What could save her and Raphael from the Fae? If you haven’t started the series, do--a purely charming world told in a purely charming voice!
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
Set in medieval times in a land inhabited by the Fae, this was a very well-written, entertaining book. Elizabeth is the only one in her family who can see the Fae, and knowing that her brother's soul is to be tithed to the Fae, she is determined to save him. Her brother offered to replace his comrade Rafael out of honor, and Elizabeth challenges Rafael to help her change things. I loved reading about Elizabeth and Rafael - this was a great book! This book is part of a series with related characters, though it can be read as a stand-alone story. A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
Midniteiz99 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books in this series! The mixture of myth and magic makes this story a standout novel. Saskia Maarleveld is always an astonishing storyteller whose wonderful performance breathes so much life into the characters. I would recommend this book to any and all of my friends! It's a fabulous experience to listen to and to read such a well written book.
dkbrick73 More than 1 year ago
I have loved all the Kinfairlie stories and have waited for Elizabeth's. The first part is a retelling of what has already happened from Elizabeth's POV and the rest explodes when she is kidnapped by Finvarra, the King of the Fae. Of course, the rescue is the rest of the story! This one keeps you on the edge of your seat, will he, or won't he? Does he or doesn't he? Very suspenseful! It is a stand alone novel, but links to the other books in this series and the stories of all the siblings. Don't miss any of them! I was gifted with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
mjs44 More than 1 year ago
THE WARRIOR'S PRIZE This is book four in the True Love Brides series. The beginning of this book is the same event that ends the story of book three told by two others who were involved, which gives it a very different perspective. Elizabeth the youngest of the Lammergeier siblings has been a constant thru out the other books. She is the only one in the family able to see the fae or fairy folk. She has had an on going and unhealthy association with Finverra, the king of the Fairy. Rafael was introduced in book three as Malcolm's friend (Malcolm being another Lammergeier sibling and the hero of book three). Rafael has had a hard life and knows little to nothing of his family. There is a really great twist at the end regarding his parentage. This book is a little slower, more thoughtful thru the middle, lots of soul searching and second guessing. However it is a great read and brings most of the family together at the end and wraps up some loose ends. Also finally puts an end to the interference of the Fairy nobility and puts the Fairy king in his place. The ending is most dramatic with one of the fairy characters, a companion of Elizabeth's in previous books finally doing a good thing. Making it possible for Elizabeth and Rafael to escape together. As with all the other books in this series and the larger collection of books related to the families of Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir it is a stand alone story. Something is added however when the stories are read in order. It is a great family and it is fun to watch them grow, both individually and as an expanding family. Copy gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ap2514 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth has always been a romantic and with her gift/curse of being able to see the Fae and the ribbons of love between people, she was sure that she would find her own true love one day. After all of her sisters were married off and Alexander promised that she would be able to pick her own husband, Elizabeth started to wonder if she would ever find the right man. When her brother Malcolm finally returns to Ravensmuir with his comrade Rafael, Elizabeth knows that she has met the one. The only problem is that Rafael is a mercenary with no intention of ever settling down and getting married. Although Elizabeth can see their ribbons are intertwined, another plans to claim her for his own. The Fae king, Finvarra, has long admired Elizabeth and has vowed to make her his. Will Rafael make a claim to Elizabeth's heart or will she fall victim to the Fae king and be trapped in the Fae world? This was an excellent ending to the True Love's Bride series. It was wonderful to watch all of the siblings of Kinfairlie grow up and find their happily ever afters. **Copy given in exchange for an honest review**
LilyPrincess More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed so many things about "A Warrior's Prize". Elizabeth is a strong, independent character who is able to see more than others. She is protective of her family and friends, sometimes doing things that are not the best for her in her efforts to do what she thinks is right. Rafael is strong and very stubborn in his views. I like how his relationship with Elizabeth helps him to develop into a better person who is able to better adapt and build better relationships with those around him. The story development is good and interesting to read. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Claire continues her prolific Lammegeir saga with Elizabeth and Rafael’s tale. Her breathtaking medieval historically correct Scottish backdrops and bygone dialogue sets a realistic, excellent era scene for readers, and her smooth mellifluous narrative sets the perfect pace. But it’s her hero and heroine that rule this novel with their interesting backgrounds, their hardships and their tenacity that really stand out. We also get to reconnect with all the Lammegeir siblings, the spouses and see how the clan is growing. Along with fabulous characters, an epic tale and a bit of fantasy plus the ending was fantastic. Once again the audible version was put in the capable melodious voice of Saskia Maarleveld who brings listeners right into the story with her splendid accent, her skillful changing from female to male and her impeccable cadence that makes the story come alive and allows fans to enjoy an experience that’s more in depth than just reading it would be. Have you ever from the beginning of a series known there was one story you couldn’t wait to read; well Elizabeth Lammegeir’s story was mine in Claire Delacroix’s True Love Bride’s series. Elizabeth is the youngest of Roland and Catherine Lammegeir and has been a ward of her oldest brother Alexander since their parents’ death. She’s always been a force to be reckoned with and the most vocal of her sisters in regards to choosing her own spouse. She’s also the only one of her family with the gift/curse of being able to see the fey which has gotten her in and out of all kinds of trouble and it might just be that same gift/curse that will get her, her true heart’s desire; the most handsome companion of her brother Malcolm, Rafael Rodriguez. Mercenary Rafael Rodriguez covets the beauteous maiden Elizabeth but knows that he is not good enough for someone of her status so he must convince her that she must look elsewhere for a husband but she is not so easy to deny. And he doesn’t want to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Had my attention from the beginning. I waited for this book since Elizabeth is the only sister who can see the fae. She meets a man of her dreams but is it too late since she's been promised to the Fae King. I loved it. I love this author. I'd read whatever she tapped out of her keyboard. She's amazing. She grabs your attention and keeps you enthralled until the last page.