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Secret of the Wolf

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    This is the second book in the Warriors of the Rift series and t

    This is the second book in the Warriors of the Rift series and though the author does a great job slipping in details from the first book into this one, I wouldn’t recommend reading Secret of the Wolf before the first book, Kiss of a Vampire. So much of the book is spent on telling the back-story, that the majority of the first half of the book is simply boring. It seems like everything either happens off screen or in the past. It becomes obvious very on in the book that there are two distinct plot lines - one is figuring out which werewolf is attacking humans; the other is deals with the rift device. I like that the series has a definite goal: Close the rift that was opened in the first book and let in all these supernatural beings that are using humans as hosts.

    Tori is a werewolf who has been living on Earth in a human host for 150 years. Although she has been on Earth longer than most, there are many other supernaturals that are more powerful. She’s a werewolf liaison in Scottsdale, Arizona (and yes, the setting is 100% authentic…I wish I lived in that part of Phoenix with the clubs and fancy restaurants. Too rich for my wallet.) but is clearly anti-authority. Its only a matter of time before she has to decide between doing her job and retaining loyalty to her friends and family.

    Dante is a human detective who works with Tori on the case to solve the murders involving a crazed werewolf. Tori and Dante, have amazing chemistry both on duty and off, yet Dante spends quite a bit of the book making excuses as to why they shouldn’t engage in a romantic relationship. Its frustrating to Tori but a refreshing chance from the traditional love-at-first sight relationships in most books of this genre.

    Secret of the Wolf began with an amazing shifting scene in the Sonora desert of Arizona, but besides mentions of werewolves, vampires, and faes there is little paranormal on screen until the last couple of chapters. It felt like more of a detective mystery than a paranormal novel. I like more of an active fantasy role in the books I read.

    Overall, I had to let this story sit in my mind for a couple days before I could make up my mind if I liked it or not. As a stand alone novel, it fails. If you want to read this book, check out the first book in the series prior to trying this one out. Fall in love with the characters and the world Cynthia Garner crafted. Only then read this book. As a second book in a series, it works. It advances the master plot quite well. I will check out the next book in the series when it comes out, despite the shortcomings of this one.

    Characters 4/5

    Concept 5/5

    Pacing 2/5

    Grammar 5/5

    Ending 4/5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Good read

    I enjoyed this book very much. The cast of characters bodes well for the series.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    recommended read

    Good second book. Love Cynthia's characters, kept me well entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012


    Rainfall purrs and backs up in mock horror. "O...of course not!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012


    ~•~Newmoon purred and stalked forward,suddenly feeling like her apprentice self.She leaped forward,bowling him over and rolling down onto the sand.~•~

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

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    Tori Joseph is the werewolf liaison to the Counsel of Preternatu

    Tori Joseph is the werewolf liaison to the Counsel of Preternaturals, and used to living among humans. But when a string of brutal attacks on humans hits close to home, she's finding her loyalties torn. Human Dante MacMillian knows Tori is hiding something, but they've worked together well for so long, he ignores his suspicions. With evil closing in, he needs her to trust him, or they'll both lose everything.

    This was a very interesting premise with immortals and humans coexisting, but humans recently became aware of them and new laws protecting and serving both species. Very True Blood like, but more civilized. There were a lot of secondary characters, and a lot of points-of-view, which I felt detracted from the story. I really saw the end coming too, but it didn't stop me from reading. The conflict felt too easily resolved. Now, the heat and romance where awesome, and the story itself was fascinating. Very unique, and recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Love it!!!

    A great second instalment in this series, can't wait for the next one

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

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    Cynthia Garner’s ‘Secret of the Wolf’ is an Ur

    Cynthia Garner’s ‘Secret of the Wolf’ is an Urban Fantasy leaning heavily towards Romance and Crime. This is the second book in the Warriors of the Rift series, what will definitely turn out to be a Must Read Series. The basis of the Fantasy is that Vampires, Demons, Werewolves and other mystical creatures are actually beings from a different dimension.

    These beings were sent to our dimension as a punishment for crimes committed in their own. Most are using it as a second chance to live their life legally. The beings, referred to on Earth as ‘preternaturals’, have made their existence public knowledge and live freely among Humans. They have their own legal system, complete with laws, trials, punishments and enforcement officers.

    Victoria ‘Tori’ Joseph is one of these enforcement officers. After being on Earth since 1866, she’s finally found the brother that she’s been separated from for over 130 years, the only family she has here on Earth. She is a werewolf liaison for the Council of Preternaturals, and as such is tasked with handling and investigating any illegal incidents involving Werewolves in her section of Phoenix. Tori is also required to work closely with Officer Dante of the Phoenix Police Department. The heat is obvious right from the start with these two as they investigate the scene of a bar brawl between a Vampire and a Werewolf.

    As the story progresses we learn that there is a comet passing Earth in a few months, and when it comes it is dragging behind it a large rift between dimensions which will result in a giant influx of preternaturals into Earth’s population. These beings will take a human at will, merging with its consciousness. Tori has in her possession a device used to communicate across the rift, but she needs to figure out why it is here on Earth and what its being used for.

    Tori’s relationship with Dante heats up as they are forced to work together to solve the riddle of the rift device. In the midst of these investigations, Dante and Tori’s co-workers have to deal with a rouge Werewolf who has moved from ‘turning’ humans to using them for a late night snack. When Tori hears details that leads her to believe her brother may be involved with the rogue Werewolf, she keeps the info to herself wanting to do her own investigation before turning him in. But it may be too late.

    Tori has to try to balance her relationship with Dante, while investigating the rift device and trying to find a rogue Werewolf that has started killing in her sector (and may be her brother).
    This is a book that is well worth the read and will have you on the edge of yours seat. Cynthia’s next book in the series, ‘Heart of the Demon’ can’t come soon enough for this reader. I, for one, have found this book mind-blowing with its realistic plot points and references. Superbly written and exceptionally well thought-out and researched.

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    Posted June 9, 2013

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    Posted July 18, 2012

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