Warrior (Doppelganger #1)
by Marie Brennan
published by Orbit
genre: Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural,
Summary (Goodreads): When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For the witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. But what happens when the doppelganger survives?
Mirage, a bounty hunter, lives by her wits and lethal fighting skills. She always gets her mark. But her new mission will take her into the shadowy world of witches, where her strength may not be a match against powerful magic.
Miryo is a witch who has just failed her initiation test. She now knows that there is someone in the world who looks like her, who is her: Mirage. To control her powers and become a full witch, Miryo has only one choice: to hunt the hunter and destroy her.
My Thoughts: By the end I was really glad that I stuck with this book. There were times (especially during some of Miryo's chapters) that it lagged a bit. Once Miryo and Mirage were together and trying to figure things out I was hooked and had to now the end results.
Both women were interesting in their own ways. Miryo was book smart and strong in her magic and studies. In contrast Mirage was very good on her feet. Started as a dancer and then became a warrior.
The author created an interesting world with the competing warrior schools that I wish had been more of a focus. Since we only know a little about them, it was difficult to feel the hatred that Mirage felt for certain warriors from other schools.
Overall, I found the ending satisfying. I liked how the conflict between the witch and doppelganger was resolved and intrigued with how the resolution turned everything in the witches world on its ear. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 Witch.