The Warrior, the final novel in Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker trilogy, is a compelling and satisfying finale to the series. Scott maintained the emotional depth with this novel. I felt a mixture of emotions. Grief, shock, joy! This novel really drew some emotional reactions from me. The plot kept a good pace and I was often caught by surprise by some of the twists and reveals! Like with The Liberator, I enjoyed some of the classic techniques, things like passages, journeys, hidden rooms, etc. Scott does a good job of expanding upon some of these tropes and changing them up a bit.
Scott maintains her great character development and brings us full circle by including many of the characters we have seen throughout the trilogy – plus some important new faces! We’ve seen these characters grow through the challenges they’ve faced. Their reactions and development are realistic; I definitely feel a coming of age vibe, especially for Charlie. I absolutely loved the moments between Kraven and Annabelle and I have to admit I wish there were more! I love this pair, and I would love to see more of them (a novella perhaps?). The same can be said for a few of the other characters as well. Scott is very successful at creating unique characters that you become attached to. Considering this novel is in the present first person, Scott does a good job of giving us glimpses of what is going on with other characters. As this is the last book in the trilogy, I really wish a few more loose ends had been tied up and that a few of the supernatural aspects had been explained a bit more fully. But overall, this was a fantastic and exciting end to the Dante Walker trilogy!
Dante Walker is preparing for war. A war between Heaven and Hell. His girlfriend Charlie is fated to be the savior and his surrogate sister Aspen is fated to be a soldier. But Dante has lost Charlie’s soul and he left Aspen in Hell, suffering in ways Dante doesn’t want to imagine. He can’t shake the guilt, but he also can’t hide away from everything that is happening around him. The enemy is invading, there is a traitor in their midst, not to mention the ancient scroll that has prophetic message they need to uncover. Time is running out. And while Dante’s certain of himself as a warrior, he doesn’t think he has what he needs to win this war. Faith in a power bigger than himself.
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.