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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Lord of the Wolfyn

Title: Lord of the Wolfyn
Author: Jessica Andersen
Page Count: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review obtained via NetGalley in anticipation of an honest review

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.

To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.

Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of "Little Red Riding Hood" catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man….

Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength.

Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda's heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.

To me, it's a good sign when the weakest installment in a series is still an enjoyable book.  Lord of the Wolfyn is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and while it wasn't my favorite of the series, it was a decent enough story and kept me hooked on the series.

Reda is, frankly, a hot mess.  As a human in the world of non-magical people she's got pretty much nothing going for her- she's a police officer in limbo and a misstep on her part led to her partner being killed in a robbery.  She's reeling from the loss, from the sense that only she is surprised by her perceived failure, and all she can think of is a beautifully engraved book that tells a version of the Little Red Riding story that's familiar to us.  The book was taken from her when her mother died and her fixation seemed a little...unnatural...and she's been focused on the book ever since.

Dayn is one of the lost Elden princes and doesn't really remember anything from his life as a prince.  He's been living in secret among the Wolfyn, as they'll kill him if they find out he's anything except a bewildered traveler.  When Reda comes through the same gate that he did and evil forces from the Blood Sorcerer try to find Dayn and kill him by exposing him to the Wolfyn, all hell breaks loose and they have to run for their lives.

The story is kind of disjointed, I admit; in an effort to avoid some of the ickier parts of Little Red Riding Hood and to also address the fact that the wolf is not the good guy in that story, we have these weird, dream like sequences where Reda and Dayn have a lot of sex while trying to escape from peril.  Reda can't get over the whole thing about the book from her childhood; Dayn is not realizing the fact that it wasn't coincidence that he was flung from Elden into the land of the Wolfyn. I think trying to keep the elements of the Little Red Riding Hood story going in this story when the narrative felt like it wanted to go in a different direction kept the story from moving; Reda as well is kind of a fluff character who comes to some personal realizations that are kind of meh.  That's not the most articulate sentence I've ever written but I'm having trouble explaining my apathy to this story.

Like I said, even though I think this is the weakest installment in the story, it's still a decent book and not the worst I've ever read, and this is definitely a series where you need to read all the books and read them in order.  I probably won't revisit this story, but this is still a series definitely worth checking out.

Overall Grade: C
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