“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.”
I got this blurb from the Royal House of Shadows website here.
I have not read the previous two books in this series, Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter or Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe, and I have only read one other book by Jessica Andersen so I really didn’t go into this with any preconceived notions except hoping for a good read. Ms Andersen mostly delivered on my hopes but I did have some quibbles. A few I think were caused by the shorter word count required for categories and caught my eye as I read. Others I discovered as I was thinking about the book while writing this review.
I was glad to see a prologue was included to help set the stage and to draw me into the world. I personally enjoy prologues because they remind me of the entrance into a fairytale like many of Disney’s older movies i.e. Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. I also like it as a way to provide some world building without info-dumping during the story itself.
Dayn was told in the last message ever from his father that the spell cast to save his and the lives of his brothers and sister was warped. The impression I had was that the deadline for all four siblings to return was what was warped but according to the blurb it was the fact that after the spell was cast, Dayn became a wolfyn, a mortal enemy of his people. As I continued reading I started to wonder exactly what preparations had been made for this particular spell or if the spell was designed to draw each child to a place and person who would shelter and help them in the hard years to come. Now granted the children would have to do their part to “blend” or at least not get killed but they had to be given the opportunity first.
While Dayn chronologically was the age of a young adult in our world I think Ms Andersen did a good job of demonstrating that the Elden were a very long lived race by giving Dayn some rather juvenile tendencies in a grown-up body. I also understand part of his emotional maturity was stunted by being torn viciously from his family but I wish he had been a bit more prone to thinking with his brain instead of his hormones.
I think Reda was a very complex character that we only got to see the surface of what made her tick. Yes she does talk to Dayn about the most recent traumatic event that involved her but we got small flashbacks and hints about some other events in her past that formed the woman she was in the book, I felt like I was missing some pieces. I never got to understand her motivation for doing things. It seemed like since she was “fated” to be with Dayn they did not have to work at their romance. In my opinion Reda flipped the switch from the person she was for most of the book to a strong warrior-like character far too quickly.
Ms Andersen provided some really nice world-building. She expanded on taste given in her prologue and provided a nice assortment of species some friendly some not so friendly. She also briefly introduced a rather eccentric character that provided the sexy version of Little Red Riding Hood to Reda. I would have loved to learn more about him. I also liked how there was more then one “bad guy” and that they weren’t necessarily working together. I was also glad to see that the Wolfyn pack Dayn lived with was left in a position to move forward into the future instead of continuing to regress.
Overall it was a pleasant read with some flaws but not one that will stick with me. I am curious about the other books in the series and what happens in the final confrontation. I give Lord of the Wolfyn a C.
Thanks to Harlequin I have one copy of Lord of the Wolfyn to give away, open to residents of the US and Canada only, sorry. To enter leave a comment saying what skill would you most like to have if you were transplanted to a medieval world. This contest closes at midnight 21 Oct. Good luck!