Review: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

Review: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica AndersenLord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

Series: Royal House of Shadows,
Genres: Fairytale, Paranormal Romance
Published by Harlequin, Nocturne on October 18, 2011
Pages: 282
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Lord of the Wolfyn is the third installment in the Royal House of Shadows Series based upon four siblings from the kingdom of Elden. Each book in this series is written by a different author. Jessica Andersen writes this tale of Dayn and Reda based upon Little Red Riding Hood.

Some back story to start with…the series starts with the Kingdom of Elden under attack by the Blood Sorcerer. In a desperate attempt to save their children, the King and Queen cast two separate spells to protect their children.  The Queen scatters her kids away, while the King fills each one with the need for vengeance. Each carries a time piece that is slowly counting down.

Dayn is the second son in the family. While he will never be King, he is expected to marry well. He is out hunting a wolfyn in his kingdom when it is attacked. His father mindspeaks him on what happens and thrusts him into an alternate universe of the Wolfyn. For twenty years he has lived here hiding he is a vampire, but also hiding another secret that is just as deadly. Waiting…maybe not so patiently for the woman who will be his guide back to Elden and the vengeance he will wreak against the Blood Sorcerer.

Reda receives a book from her mother when she is eight. It is a rare book showing the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but her mother tells her it is Reda’s story and more will come on her 16th birthday. We don’t learn how her mother passes away, but she does. Reda still thinks she can talk to her mother. Reda’s father and brothers don’t understand this and after a while Reda just pushes the memories out and her father sells the book. Now in the future, Reda has had a tragic event happen and she seeks out the book. Finding it, she recites the spell her mother drove into her. This sends her on an adventure…and to her wolf.

When I started this book, I was slightly skeptical about it since one, I had never read any books by Jessica Andersen and two, this series hasn’t lived up to my expectations. At first, I devoured this book. It drew me in with the likeness to the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Instantly, it was adventurous and exciting! They were on the run and my adrenaline was running with them. Then I got to a point where I rolled my eyes…it seemed every time they got into a problem, there was instantly a fix that just seemed to appear. Voices in their heads telling them things that really aren’t explained. It was at times hard to follow or even get into a groove not understanding what was going on.

There is a new evil character introduced that seemed not to go with the series. She just appears and seems to be the “bad guy” for the book. I do have to say she is a more involved evil character than the Blood Sorcerer.

The time piece…it has been a big part of the first two stories. Like it was counting down how long they had to take their vengeance. In this book, I never heard about a time piece nor did it seem to play into the story. Dayn did have a  sense of urgency. He does know he has four days to get back to Elden once his guide appears, but you don’t see this big time piece the series says is there.

The ending leaves you hanging. So this brings me to the second problem I am having with this series. All three books have been at different times. The first seems to be a couple of years after the massacre. The second book is shortly after she is cast out from the massacre. Dayn has been waiting 20 years…20 years! For the fourth book, I would assume it has been some time as well since Micah is only 5 or 6 when the massacre takes place. So I am really thrown by the timeline of this series. Somehow they all have to get back together and take the kingdom back.

The romance progresses pretty steadily and grows stronger. There are some big misunderstandings that cause fights between the two. Sometimes its a fight about enthrallment other it is the feeling of them trying to do the right thing when all they want is what they feel is the wrong thing. It is a steamy romance…tingles will roll down your spine. Because it isn’t a long book, there isn’t a long time before the romance gets to moving fast. We know it takes them 4 days to get back to Elden, then only a few days in Elden…so I guess that is fast even for me.

This is my favorite book so far in the series. I can’t wait to read the fourth book in the series! It’s loaded on my Kindle just waiting on me to start it.

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
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