The Warrior’s Princess by Barbara Erskine is filled with the magic that has infused all of her other novels. I found myself reading well into the night as I just couldn't put it down. The heroine Jess was very real and her warmth and confusion rang true to life although her experiences were anything but ordinary. The fear that she felt about her attack permeated the entire novel. Even though her attacker became known to Jess and was familiar to her in her present life...the way that Barbara Erskine skillfully wove in the present events with the centuries old tale of captivity and rape made it resonate.
The warmth and caring of her family and friends added to the normalcy of her world right before the past crept in and haunted her and took complete control of her life. The villainous element just kept the excitement level high throughout the book and you were never sure what the next page would bring.