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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sheep Review: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

Lord of the Wolfyn, by author Jessica Andersen, is the third installment in the gripping PNR series called Royal House of Shadows. With four books in total this series features a new author heading each (Showalter, Monroe, Andersen and Singh). The latest edition is a magnificent journey across the wolf realms where man and beast duke it out for control of a kingdom.

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 by the Blood Sorcerer who killed his parents and sent to the wolfyn realm damned to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength, in both body and blood, as a half vampire it gave him the strength he would need to save his home world of Elden. 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.

This story picks up with Dayn after being saved from a spell gone awry by his dying parents. Dayn's parents were the king and queen of Elden, who sent him into another realm where he must await the woman that will lead him on the journey home. So far this is the most info given on the actions his parents took to save the lives of their children. His two brothers and sister have also be sent to different realms to await their fated return on the 20th anniversary of their parents' death. With the Blood Sorcerer out to cause mayhem and evil with dark magic, Dayn awaits for his fated guide... amongst the wolfs. Despite being a vampire by birth and the natural enemy of the wolf, Dayn has to keep his fangs in check or become dog food.

Enter Reda, the earth realm cop who ends up being sucked through a vortex (because really this happens all the freaking time in this series! ha!) which takes her to Dayn's doorstep. She's been having dreams of this man for a very long time and awakes thinking she's just in another of these all too real dreams, but as things start to get a little hairy (literally) the reality of her situation starts to set in. With a major Red Riding Hood feel the latest edition in this series taps in yet again to wonderfully darker side of beloved bedtime fairy tales.

This was personally my first time reading a book by this author and I'll be honest, I really enjoyed it. The premise of this story is incredibly well written. The fact that these siblings are all separately awaiting their fated return yet not knowing if any of the others are still alive was intriguing. The spells and magic used in the book are pretty incredible and Dayn is definitely a sexy hot front man any lady can get behind..or in front of. The only major downside I found was the author's overuse of Reda's constant wishy washy feelings toward Dayn. It was like reading someone plucking petals off a flower "He loves me! He loves me not. He loves me..." and so on. On top of that, the girl cries and whines pretty much throughout the first half of the book. Add on some more fickle behavior and she starts to grate on the nerves. Not the strongest of women in this series thus far and for me the least to get behind and cheer for.

It's a shorter then normal story, as are the other three, the second half of the book contains a different story from the same author: Twin Targets (written 2008) it's not a PNR but a suspense/romance which is also well written except it has the same undertone of constant doubt, this time coming from the lead male. It might just be the author's go-to type of writing style but I personally dislike it.

Overall Lord of the Wolfyn is an action-packed adventure with some steamy romance that will keep you turning the pages. I would have enjoyed, yet again, more background on our leads and maybe a less whiny female but I'll continue this series till the end with the hope that the next gal will be less irritating. Wonderfully written in all other areas and magic-adventure packed it's completely immersing! This series continues to be a must read.

Tomorrows review will be the final book in this saga Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh!

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  1. I just finished 'Lord of the Abyss', hope you like it too! :D

    Liked your review even though Wolfyn was my sort of least favourite of the 4. :)

  2. This sounds amazing. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  3. @Mary I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on it after you do! :)

  4. Same for me too Katie. I liked Dayn, wasn't too crazy about Reda.

  5. I think I have Lord of the Abyss in the TBR and will have to check it out. I sometimes shy away from series that are different characters in each book, simply because I get attached to characters and want more LOL I will reserve judgment :)

  6. @Denise I know exactly what you're talking about! Some of these guys I loved more then others but all had appeal which kept me into the series. That first and last were my favs but I really look forward to hearing what you think!

    And after you give it a read I'd like to hear your thoughts of a possible 5th book that could have the siblings in one. :)