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Warrior by Deidre Huesmann


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A Modern Greek Myth, 3

While Azalee recovers from her stabbing, the High Priestess continues to lord over her. Azalee begins to feel her situation is hopeless once the Mother of Mykonos declares her mistrust of the Blistered child. With few allies, she makes desperate moves to gain some sense of control.

In Athens, Joel and the others come to the dreaded realization that Joel is also a chosen mortal by a very unlikely and malicious god. Joel will have to sacrifice his beliefs to reach Azalee—and even that may not be enough.

As their fates intertwine, trust is tenuous, promises are broken, and blood is spilled. Azalee and Joel can succumb to the gods’ twisted games...or challenge the fates.

14+ due to violence and adult situations



“Relax,” said Cleo, her smile widening. “We’ll leave the door open. But this”—she gestured at Deimos’s thick stubble—“can’t stay anymore. It looks hideous.”

Covering his mouth to muffle a laugh, Joel couldn’t help but take amusement from the horrified expression on Deimos’s face.

Defensively, Deimos said, “I’ve decided I like it.”

Cleo wrinkled her nose. “It’s hideous, and I’ve decided it’s coming off.”

“It’s my face!”

“Yeah, but you only have to wear it. I have to look at it.”

Deimos sneered—at least, Joel assumed he did. The golden fur around his mouth was beginning to make it difficult to tell. “Perhaps you should find something more attractive to look at.”

Cleo huffed, placing her hands on her hips. “I’m trying, but that thing isn’t cooperating very well.”

“Look, little girl—”

“No, you look,” she shouted. Joel flinched at the sudden sharp rise in her pitch. “Unless you’re in your thirties, you have no business looking like a scruffy old mountain man in the middle of the city. Just because we’re fighting a war doesn’t mean you get to look like a barbarian.” She pointed to the men’s bathroom, her nostrils flaring. “Now get in there before I break the razor open and cut your potentially pretty face with it!”

Deimos raised an eyebrow. “Potentially?”

Cleo glared at him, jabbing her finger insistently at the bathroom.

After a tense moment, Deimos sighed. “I shall return in a moment, baby brother.”

“A moment,” Cleo muttered as she trailed behind him. “All that rabbit fur plastered on his stupid face, it’s gonna take at least half an hour…”

Uncertain whether to be confused, amused, or irate, Joel shook his head and looked back to Emilia. “So, uh…”

Emilia smiled pleasantly. “Please close the door. I should like to get dressed in the new garments Niribelle so graciously acquired.”

“Yeah. Sure.” Joel fumbled with the handle. “Uh, have fun.”


After he shut the door, a strange buzzing sounded from the bathroom, quickly followed by a loud thud. “Fiery furies, what black magic is that?” exclaimed Deimos.

Cleo’s groan echoed from the tiny bathroom. “Oh, my God, it’s an electric razor. Sit down!”

Joel paused to grab the clothes Niribelle had bought for him, sliding a pair of jeans over his—what were these infernal tiny pants called? Boxers?

He wandered to the window, sliding the curtain open and welcoming Apollo’s sunlight into his face. He touched the scabbed lobe of his left ear, recalling the quartz earring he’d pilfered from his mother to help him travel by night. It seemed like ages ago.

Knowing everything I know now, was it all worth it?

Considering Niribelle’s increasingly secretive nature, he wasn’t certain. Something else was going on, but she remained tight-lipped about whatever was bothering her.

Plus, he had a lot on his own plate. He needed to rescue Azalee from her imprisonment on the island of Mykonos. Not to mention his promise to save Cleo’s sister from the snare of the death god, Thanatos. Then there was the impending war among the gods.

Finally, the fact Joel would have to cast aside his desired philosophy of pacifism if he wanted to save Azalee from her impending fate.

Over the past couple weeks, Emilia had filled in a lot of holes, starting when Joel and Azalee had separated on the Mykonos ship and ending when Emilia—and Cleo—had passed through a gemstone apparition to join him near Athens. Joel knew Azalee was in a place called Mykonos Manor and that she was expected to wed and conceive a child with the so-called Son of Mykonos, Theseus.

Joel had met the man, once. He’d had Joel stabbed.

His hand reflexively went to his side. The wound was mostly healed, but still ached now and then.

The weight of his burdens pressed upon him. He had much to do, and time was short. Joel had to get to the island of Mykonos, but he still had to find a way to save Cleo’s twin sister.

He’d promised both of them. He couldn’t break those promises.

He rested his head against the cool glass, heaving a sigh. Yet here I am, once again, in over my head. And Deimos expects me to … what, exactly? Lead everyone?

The very idea was hilarious. Or would have been, if Joel had the energy to laugh.

He closed his eyes, taking inventory of his injuries. Though his side and ear were largely healed, as was the shallow stab wound to his shoulder Deimos had so lovingly gifted him weeks earlier, the slice down his back still scabbed and bled occasionally. Emilia had bandaged him the night before, and he would need a change before they left. His hand trailed back, finding where the cloth turned rigid beneath dried blood.

His feet ached from weeks of walking. His head throbbed under the weight of his internal pressures. His heart constricted at the thought of Azalee—and worse, not knowing what happened to her.

She was his destiny. He’d spent too much of their initial journey together wandering from his fated path. Over and over, it had come to haunt him.

He didn’t want to stray from the path that led to her anymore. He’d fallen for her, hard. She wasn’t beautiful in the conventional sense he’d grown up with, but Azalee was much more: feisty, determined, and headstrong. All of those things, and yet unbelievably understanding and caring. She’d fought for Niribelle after Niribelle had betrayed her. She’d found a way to reach him through unconventional means, even when they were miles apart.

He loved her.

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  1. Long and Short Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Aug 2017

    Azalee no longer lives in the corrupt temple, but she is far from safe.

    Azalee’s desperate attempt to contact Joel and her other friends left her defenseless, which resulted in her nearly fatal stabbing. More vulnerable than ever, Azalee is not only at the mercy of Theseus, but the High Priestess as well. Azalee still hasn’t completely figured out the source of the corruption at the temple, but she’s getting closer to unraveling the mystery. However, every move she makes puts her in danger. Will Azalee survive long enough to be reunited with Joel, or will the High Priestess silence Azalee forever? Warrior is the final book in this trilogy. Reader wishing to enjoy this book absolutely need to read Blistered and Priestess first.

    I am constantly amazed by Azalee’s strength. She never once gives up fighting even when facing seemingly insurmountable odds. She always stands up for those who can’t protect themselves, and she fights to protect the other priestesses at the temple even though they never showed her the slightest hint of kindness. She roots out the truth of the corruption at the temple at a great personal cost because it is the right thing to do. Azalee is the kind of woman I’d be proud to call a friend.

    Meanwhile, Joel is fighting just as fiercely to find Azalee. As Joel and his unlikely band of friends travel toward Azalee, they are constantly attacked by other Spinels. Joel’s pacifism is sorely tested, especially when a very violent god makes him a chosen mortal. Will this god’s presence be a blessing or a curse?

    I enjoyed learning more about Deimos and his history. As I predicted, there is more to him than meets the eye. However, Joel’s memories of Deimos are skewed. I would have liked to see Joel and Deimos come to a clearer understanding of each other, but sadly, I’m not sure they will ever have that chance.

    Of all the characters in this series, Niribelle has changed the most. I found her thoroughly unlikable in Blistered, but as the series has progressed, I must admit that she’s grown on me a bit. I’ve come to respect her. Niribelle continues to surprise me with her ability to make difficult decisions with ruthless determination. I hope she can live with the consequences of her actions.

    Azalee and Joel’s reunion is bittersweet. I knew it was going to be difficult, and as I neared the conclusion, it was clear that a sacrifice of some sort would have to be made. However, I never imagined it would take the form it did. It simply never occurred to me that such a thing was possible, and yet when it was over, it made complete sense.

    I’m delighted I had the opportunity to read this compelling trilogy, and I have relished the chance to watch Azalee, Joel, and the others grow and change as I followed them on their journey. I highly recommend this entire series.

  2. Warrior by Deidre Huesmann This terrific book gets a five star rating from me 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th May 2017

    Warrior by Deidre Huesmann

    This terrific book gets a five star rating from me. This book is the third in the “A Modern Greek Myth” series. It continues the story of Azalee, Joel and Theseus. Deidre Huesmann writes an amazing tale of two men and the woman they both want. For very different reasons. The characters are rich and well thought out as is the conflict in the story.
    The heroine, Azalee is destined to bear a child. Depending on who the father is, this child could grow up to overthrow the mighty Zeus himself. With two men vying for the right to sire this child, Azalee fights to follow her heart to Joel, her true love. Azalee makes a very likable and resilient heroine while Joel stands out as the man Azalee is willing to risk everything for.
    Deidre Huesmann gives us a story that is full of twists and turns, love and betrayal and perhaps, most importantly of all, it makes you feel with the characters. The fight scenes are well executed and the descriptions in the book are well thought out and rich with a lot of detail for those of us who haven’t yet experienced Greece. This book combines both the old and the modern Greek traditions and philosophies to create a wonderful, rich world. This is truly an outstanding book with an amazingly well built world that encompasses both the modern and the ancient in an amazing mix. I would happily recommend this book to anyone who wants a great love story with lots of action and intrigue thrown in.

  3. This is the next amazing part of the story of Azalee and Joel 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th May 2017

    The story Warrior (A Modern Greek Myth Book 3) by Deidre Huesmann is a fantasy/romance book. This is the next amazing part of the story of Azalee and Joel. This story finds Azalee recovering from being stabbed and being lorded over by the High Priestess. Azalee is always trying to find a way to help those around her even when her situation is a dangerous one. There are enemies all around her and she seems to have been forgotten by the Gods. This doesn’t stop her from forging ahead with plans that will help her and assist Joel in reaching her. Azalee’s situation is a tense one and is not helped by those around her. She is independent and strong-willed. Two things that will see her through her current hardships. She is being courted by a man that seems to have an ulterior motive behind his actions. Can Azalee find out what is really happening and who is controlling things behind the scenes?

    Joel loves Azalee and will do everything in his power to get her back. With the help of his brother and others, he is on his way to rescue her. Joel has never been a fighter however with the current situation and the help from a surprising source this begins to change. His journey to rescue Azalee is dangerous and enemies will do everything in their power to make sure he fails in his mission. I love Joel’s character because from the very beginning he knows the risks of helping Azalee and still goes forward. The love he and Azalee has runs deep and doesn’t lessen because of distance. Will he be able to rescue Azalee?

    This is a war brewing and hard times are upon everyone. Who will be left standing? With danger all around there may be sacrifices that are made. The question that will be asked next is how far will you go to protect and save the one you love? This war is messy and has its costs, who will survive? From the first book in this series, I have loved this story. It has an amazing storyline and awesome characters. The author has a wonderful writing style and her stories hold your interest from the first chapter until you read the final page of the book. It is also a series about overcoming overwhelming obstacles and the intense love between two people. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

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