The Warrior's Prize : True Love Brides

  • by Claire Delacroix, Deborah Cooke
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • Series: True Love Brides
  • 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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The team of Delacroix and Maarleveld Rock!

If you could sum up The Warrior's Prize in three words, what would they be?

Sexy, Period-perfect, epic


What did you like best about this story?

I love the sweeping vistas, the amazing characters and the fantastic storytelling voice of Claire Delacroix


What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

both her male and female voices, her melodious voice and her perfect accent


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was well worth the wait


Any additional comments?

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!

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- Debbie Haupt-The Reading Frenzy

Delightfully crafted by author and narrator!

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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!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2016
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke