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The Warrior Trainer (The Stones of Destiny Series Book 1) by [Russell, Gerri]
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"Gerri Russell writes with a passionate intensity that will sweep readers straight into her richly imagined world." -- New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Ann Krentz


Scotia knew her duty: protect the Stone of Destiny at all costs. It was the key to Scotland's salvation, the reason she'd become the best warrior in the world--as had the generations of women who'd guarded the Stone before her. Yet those women had never been distracted by a man like Ian MacKinnon.

He'd journeyed to her castle to learn her legendary skills so he could exact vengeance against the brutal English mercenaries who'd killed his brother. On the battlefield, Ian wielded his sword with deadly precision. In the bedroom, he became a man of wild passion tempered by infinite tenderness. But soon he would be forced to move on and avenge his clan, leaving Scotia to face a conflict for which she had no training: her duty to the Stone versus her desire to follow her heart.

More Praise for The Warrior Trainer

"...refreshingly original." --EastofOz, reader

"Superb medieval romance." --Harriet Klausner, reviewer 

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About the Author

Gerri Russell has done it all when it comes to writing; she's worked as a broadcast journalist, newspaper reporter, magazine columnist, technical writer and editor, instructional designer, which all finally led her to follow her heart's desire of being a romance novelist. Gerri is the award-winning author of historical and contemporary novels. She is best known for her adventurous and emotionally intense novels set in 13th and 14th Century Scottish Highlands. Her most notable series to date is that of the Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars. In her spare time, Gerri is a living history re-enactor with the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire. A two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award and winner of the American Title II competition sponsored by RT BOOKreviews Magazine, she lives in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and children.

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I have a passion for Historical Romance---vampires&werewolves just cannot complete with dashing Highlanders, English rakes or rugged Vikings, in my opinion. However, this book was not terribly romantic, erotic or even interesting. I found the "four horsemen", Scotia, Ian and all the main characters in general to be one-dimensional, vaguely imagined and uninteresting. The 'romance' between Scotia and Ian is almost non-existent and it seems as though every time they are close to actually acknowledging their feelings for each other, Scotia backs off and comes up with some haughty sounding jargon about her 'duty and honor' etc. etc. It got very repetitive as well. First she thinks that under no circumstances could she ever marry and have a family, then she thinks it might be possible. Then she resolves to give up Ian and do her duty to her country....then she softens and chooses to handfast with get the idea, the flip-flops continue.

Also, if you're looking for some descriptive love scenes between lovers, this is not your book. These scenes were very vague and unstaifying in my opinion. Almost to the point of being prude-ish!

Seek Romance Elsewhere.
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HASH(0xa1855738) out of 5 stars Original Historical Romance--Finally! Feb. 23 2008
By EastofOz - Published on
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If you want to read about a strong heroine with nerves of steel, exceptional composure in trying situations, who lets nothing stand in her way but is not vulgar or crass and still feminine then this book is the next book you should pick up. The heroine, Scotia, has this inner strength that is amazing but she also has a well-hidden vulnerable side that the hero tries to see. She has nothing to prove to anyone but all the warriors who come to her want to prove that they are better than a "mere woman". The hero, Ian, is a sexy alpha who knows when he's met his match but he doesn't come across as wishy washy at all. This story is about a woman in the 1300s who trains warriors--totally unheard of and I haven't read anything similar. The sex is just a bit past mild but there's some great tension, lots of emotion (Ian is so beautiful when he speaks to Scotia you just melt!) and you can actually picture what's happening. There are also some unexpected twists and turns right up to the end that leave you with a big fat smile on your face. The additional characters are lots of fun or really evil! The history of the Stone of Destiny that's woven into the story is quite interesting and the author provides further historical information in an afterword.

I've read quite a few romance novels and this one stands alone for refreshing originality! I'd definitely recommend this book to the romance reader who's tired of the same ol' same ol'.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa185578c) out of 5 stars A Nice First Book March 8 2008
By Lisa Shea - Published on
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I adore books about medieval England, and I love having strong female characters who take charge of their own lives. The plot of The Warrior Trainer appealed to me for many reasons, and I deliberately ordered this book vs happening on it by chance in a store.

You have Scotia, a woman who was "bred to fight". Her family for many generations has been training Scottish warriors. It is always the women in this family who are known for their skills. Scotia is 25 and she knows it is her duty to breed the next daughter in line to take over the training. However, few men arrive for training now and none appeal to her.

Along comes Ian, an orphan who has been sent by his foster father to be trained. There is a menace in the land - four horsemen from England who are ravaging the villages - and Ian needs Scotia's training to be able to defeat them.

All of this would normally be a just about ideal setup for me. I love the scenes of the characters fighting with words, emotions and blades all intermingled. I love the "rationale" behind why she wields a sword, and why Ian accepts it.

But there were several issues which for me kept this book from being a five star book, despite the much-mentioned "American Title Contest" win. That is certainly a great contest, but it is not the Pulitzer Prize. To say a book must be perfect because it won a contest does not make a lot of sense.

First, although Ms. Russell's background includes editing, there are numerous grammar issues here. They got to be rather jarring after a while. Next, there were numerous "motivation" problems. Scotia says repeatedly how her entire life is about following the rules set by her mother and fulfilling her destiny. She has put all aside for it. But she also says "Oh and I won't have a child" which is probably her #1 task in life. Sure, she's afraid of being a mother - but a woman trained with a hard core discipline in her life wouldn't let that stop her. She would do her task and then go about raising the child in a disciplined manner, just as she has trained so many people who have come to her. It would have made much more sense if her reasons were more "logical" - "No man has come worthy of fathering my child" or so on.

The actions of many of the other characters are equally suspect. Ian's foster brother Griffin shows up early on. He sways wildly from anger to calm to fury to puppy-dog hopefulness in the blink of an eye. Characters' emotions seem to be driven by what the plot needs them to do, rather than having the characters live and breathe as human beings and having their growing and changing feelings pull you along.

I realize that a core component of many romance novels is the "convenient misunderstandings" where people lie or hide truths which then create dynamic tension. However, there were several situations in this story which just made no sense at all, where someone should have told someone else something and they didn't, again for plot reasons rather than logical ones.

Scotia is supposedly a brilliant strategist, expounding on the skills of her mother - but her strategical choices during the last third of the book did not make a lot of sense. She had a long term plan at the beginning, one that began succeeding, but then suddenly it is as if she had forgotten to actually plan the whole sequence of events out. That doesn't make sense for her character.

Finally, Scotia has a heritage of being an awesome female warrior. She is infinitely better than the well trained men who repeatedly come after her either to challege or train. Her skill is based on her being trained far better than any man around her ever was, with family secrets taught by her mother. However, Scotia was fourteen when her mother was slain. From age fourteen on, she only received training with the other men of the castle. There is no mention of any other "training assistant" or another person who fulfilled this position. Scotia talks about being the only trainer that worked with her mother on recruits as they came in, and that once her mother was dead that she alone took on this task. So from age 14 she has been training "alone", perhaps reading manuals and practicing against the other men of her castle system. I really find it hard to believe that on her own she managed to build up the skill necessary to fend off the "best of the best" that keep coming in at her during the story, including taking down seasoned warriors in six passes.

This was the key problem for me. Again, I really love women-warrior types of stories, but I want them to make sense. I don't want it to have to be a mystical leap of faith that a woman could hold her own against a taller, stronger male. It's not just that she's a woman, it's that she's physically at a big disadvantage. If she does win - just as if you were writing about a teen boy doing this - I would want a logical explanation of why. The book just says "Oh her mother was an expert - they knew 'martial arts'" and leaves it at that. But there is never any real sense that it is true in the story.

Still, the book was fun to zip through and if I got myself to ignore the stumbling blocks I did enjoy the ride. I'm encouraged to see that the cover of her next book (Warrior's Bride) also has a woman-with-sword on its cover and will be sure to get that. I would imagine that feedback Ms. Russell got from this book has helped her make improvements so that book 2 could have potential to become a favorite of mine. I definitely hope so!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1855a68) out of 5 stars Opinion is divided Oct. 30 2012
By Dafna Yee - Published on
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When I consider the storyline and romance in THE WARRIER TRAINER, I think it was well-written with only a few typos that didn't interfere with the flow of the story. I liked the strong, complex personalities of the characters and both the dialogues and narratives were exciting and fun to read. But, and it's a big but, there were an awful lot of "facts" in the story which didn't make sense. The idea that Scotia was the greatest fighter anywhere was incompatible with the fact that her mother, who was also her trainer, was killed when she was 13 and she hadn't come into her power yet (as she stated herself). Then she was hidden away for the next 12 years, so she had no one who was experienced either in sword fighting or martial arts to teach her or practice with. I don't want to go into more examples because I don't want to ruin the story for others, so I'll stop with this one example but I assure you there are many more inner inconsistencies. If you just take the situations as written and don't try and make them fit an inner reality, then I'd say that you would enjoy reading this book very much so I would recommend it with qualifications.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1855960) out of 5 stars Fresh New Story! Sept. 5 2009
By Amy C - Published on
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Not only is Scotia's duty to protect the Stone, but she also must produce an heir to continue the line of Warrior Women. A task she is not too keen on.

Once Ian MacKinnon seeks Scotia for training, in order to best the legendary Four Horsemen, he is quickly put in his place with her extraordinary fighting skills. After a simple dance, Scotia feels as if Ian could rip down the walls around her hardened heart, making her feel joy and happiness. Emotions she should not experience due to her duties. Yet no matter how hard she fights it, an undeniable attraction forms between them.

Ian may lose against Scotia when it comes to the sword battle training, but with the battle of words, Ian clearly leaves Scotia stumbling, unsure and afraid of the way his words make her feel, loosening the ties around her femininity. Soon she will have no choice but to concede defeat. His clever tongue, innocently sensual touches, and the heated looks he gives her, leaves her with no other option but to follow the wants and needs of her well as her heart.

But the threat of the Four Horsemen loom between them, men who want only to claim the elusive Stone of Destiny for the English crown. They will do anything within their power to find it...killing and terrorizing the land of Scotland. Both Scotia and Ian must continually remind themselves of their duties. Ian must remain focused on his training to defeat the Horsemen. And Scotia must not forget that there is no room within her to be a woman--only the warrior she was trained to be.

I only had one beef with the story line. Her mother, the warrior trainer who trained her, died when Scotia was only 13. My concern is, how much could she possibly have learned from her mother to make her a great warrior, besting well seasoned and experienced warriors, if for the last 12 years she trained alone? Would she gain any more experience than any other? Or maybe it was the Stone of Destiny! The magic of the Stone allowed her to become the the great Warrior she is. Anything is possible when there's magic :).

Even with that concern I still think Gerri Russell is a beautiful storyteller. This is one of those books I am so glad I stumbled across. It's rich with Scottish lore, something different than I've read before. The events she placed before her characters and how they handled them were exceptionally well written. The slow build up of their relationship could not have progressed faster. Any other way and it would have been rushed, leaving out the intense emotions when all finally comes together and they accept that fate has meant for them to be together. And together they can have the happiness and love neither of them felt before in their lives. The Warrior Trainer is a wonderful story with it's heavy emphasis on Duty and Honor, love and trust no longer being a weakness but something powerful, enhancing the duty and honor Scotia and Ian have lived their lives by.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1855b4c) out of 5 stars Brilliant Book Dec 28 2007
By K. Jacobs - Published on
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This first book by Russell is fantastic! I look forward to many more reads from this newly published, upcoming author. Highly recommend!