Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Lord of the Wolfyn (Royal House of Shadows #3) by Jessica Andersen

Release date: October 18, 2011
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts:  This is going to be one of those odd reviews where my thoughts are bouncing around.  I apologize for that ahead of time.  What can I say except that sometimes it happens.

I thing I keep getting stuck on with this series is that I feel like we're not moving forward very quickly as far as getting a resolution on the overriding story arc.  Yes, each of the siblings gets their HEA in their book but there's this big, overwhelming badness they're going to be fighting and I feel like we're no closer to that final battle in this book than we were at the end of book 1.  I understand why the books were written this way and intellectually I can see that you need to get all your ducks in a row before the big finale but... BUT it's frustrating from a readers perspective.

Now, aside from that, this was the hardest book in the series for me to read.  The characters are rather... introspective.  They take a lot of time thinking about each other.  And then they think some more.  There's plenty of action, deceit, anger (righteous and otherwise), and they sex each other up with enthusiasm but I kept getting tangled up by all their deep thoughts.

Which makes me sound shallow, now that I'm thinking about it.  I don't like sounding shallow.

I like that we're at the point where things are going to happen and we're going to get a final showdown but it feels like we've taken a long time to get here.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
Book 2: Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

More books by Jessica Andersen

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Shifter Challenge
Lord of the Wolfyn was provided for review by Harlequin through NetGalley.

4 comments:

  1. This was probably my least favorite installment in the series. Lord of the Abyss is awesome, but even that one spends very little time on the overall arc of the series.

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  2. Jen: Really? That's disappointing. I was hoping that we'd spend more time on the defeating the Blood Sorcerer thing. Oh, well. I'm excited to read book 4. Everyone's saying it's goooood.

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  3. I haven't started this series yet cause I've never been a fan of one series/plot line told by multiple authors. Usually the lack of a consistent voice throughout the series annoys me. Has that been a problem with this series or has there been some seriously controlled editing going on?

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  4. wanderinghues: It's been touch and go. The first book was good but I wanted more movement toward the climatic battle. The second book was very well written and engaging but, once again, not a lot of movement toward the final battle. This one was probably the weakest of the three and... not a lot of movement toward resolution of the overall arc.

    Still, I have enjoyed the series.

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