Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Wolf Lord by Ann Aguirre [Review]

 The Wolf Lord by Ann Aguirre
The Wolf Lord (Ars Numina #3) by Ann Aguirre
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for review
Date read: March 1, 2018

Ars Numina
1. The Leopard King
2. The Demon Prince
3. The Wolf LordKindle
4. The Shadow Warrior
5. The War Priest
6. The Jaguar Knight

Ann Aguirre
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Roguish. Reckless. Unreliable.
Raff Pineda has a certain reputation among the Animari. He’s the one to call if there’s a party starting, not the man to rely on when all hell breaks loose. Though he’s nominally the leader of the Pine Ridge pack, he defers to his second on the tough calls. Raff prefers to live fast and hard and keep his heart hidden, but a certain Eldritch princess won’t fall for his usual tricks, and their contract political marriage may be anything but convenient.

Ambitious. Elegant. Isolated.
Princess Thalia Talfayen may not have been raised by a witch in a tower, but she’s spent the last few decades locked up for a failed insurrection. Plotting and scheming comes naturally to her; personal connections do not. Since she’s come this far in her unstoppable quest to claim the silver throne, she won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to unite her people, even if that means giving herself to the big bad wolf…
Thoughts on The Wolf Lord: Oh my GOODNESS, I love this series. Much like Raff and Thalia's romance, the world is a little rough and tumble with a dash of elegant technology thrown in to keep us on our toes. I kinda love it.

Speaking of Raff and Thalia, on the surface these two area as different as night and day. Raff is the party boy with a reputation for recklessness. Thalia is the icy, untouchable princess with a driving force to unite the Eldritch houses. Thalia's offer of marriage to Raff was a desperate gamble to secure allies for herself and I don't think anybody really thought she and Raff would end up being such a perfect match.

Especially not Raff. But then, Raff has a tendency to think pretty poorly of himself thanks to a lifetime of being told he's less than nothing by his father. In truth, Raff is quick and intuitive and once he gives his word to someone he stands by them through everything.

Raff teaches Thalia to let her hair down and Thalia gives Raff the confidence to start believing he's not the massive let-down his father convinced him he is. (As an aside, Raff's issues intrigued me. The guy rules his pack, but he doesn't think much of himself. The self doubt his father planted in him about his own worth makes him slow to see that it's him and his actions to and for his people that are what his people respect and love. *HEART EYES* Oh, Raff.)

I've loved every one of the books in this series and I'm EAGER to watch the next story unfold.

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