Warrior King: Warriors - Book 1 by Eden Winters

Warrior King is a new fantasy from Eden Winters. A traitor's son and a royal soldier, married against their wills but both with honorable intentions. Except political treachery surrounds them, so Draylon and Yarif must work together to survive and find that maybe there's more to their connection than just duty.

From the blurb:

One man is the son of a traitor. The other is the son of a tyrannical emperor. Together, they discover the fine line between duty and justice.

Commander Draylon Aravaid doesn't hide his lineage as the emperor's son but doesn't advertise his origins either. Loyal to a fault, he relies on his hard-won reputation rather than his family name, which his duplicitous father uses to full advantage.

Prince Yarif DiRici trained his entire life to become a consort in a political marriage--all while secretly yearning for love. The death of his father and older brother suddenly thrusts an unwanted crown upon his head, and Yarif into a whirlwind of dangerous plans within plans as he and Draylon are forced into marriage.

The political game is set, and Yarif is kidnapped. It's up to Draylon to mount a daring rescue to prevent all-out war.

The two men must get past each other's mistrust, find common ground, and defeat an enemy neither knew they had...and may not survive!

SNik's Review:

First in duology (Warriors). Fantasy. Enemies to lovers. Arranged marriage. Slow burn. 

His father and brother dead, Prince Yarif is believed to be a traitor to the empire, but he didn’t participate in the attempt to assassinate the emperor and Yarif’s only priorities are keeping his younger siblings alive and helping the people of his kingdom. 

Commander Draylon tries not to acknowledge his relationship with his father, the emperor. He is a soldier and leader made for battle, not interested in politics or ruling. When Draylon and Yarif are forced to wed as part of the emperor’s plan to expand the empire, it starts with plenty of mistrust and anger, however, both men are willing to try their best. 

There is plenty of intrigue, adventure, and action in this story about two men forced together but quickly learning that each is honorable and kind. Both Draylon and Yarif are admirable, capable, intelligent, and loyal, and as a couple, they are a force to be reckoned with. 

Warrior King is such an entertaining start to this duology. I think we all know who the main characters may be in the second story, and I can’t wait for more about the empire and Draylon and Yarif’s HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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