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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 ...
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 save Elden. 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.
The wide-eyed reflection that stared back from the tinted window wasn't anyone she recognized. Yes, the stranger had a wavy red-shot ponytail the same as hers, and she was wearing the ratty jeans and beat-up leather jacket Reda had pulled out of her closet that morning because there was no reason for her to dress like a cop these days. And yeah, those were her deep blue eyes at the back of the dark hollows that had taken up permanent residence. But if that was her, what the hell was she doing?
Normally, she wouldn't go anywhere near the kitschy magic, witchcraft and whatnot shops that lined the Salem waterfront unless someone called 9-1-1 but then again, normal circumstances had hit the bricks six weeks earlier. And she had asked MacEvoy, the owner of Cat Black, to find the book for her.
"It's here," his phone message had said. "And if you liked the picture you bought, you're going to love the rest of it."
Like it? Heck, she'd spent the past four days staring at the framed woodcutting of a dark, eerie forest of gnarled and twisted trees, with just a hint of eyes in the shadows. More, she had dreamed about the image and others like it.
A clatter startled her and she flinched for the weapon she wasn't carrying, then winced when she saw that the noise had come from the shaking of her hand on the door latch. Worse, she didn't know how long she had been standing there.
"Don't be surprised if you have sleep disturbances, panic attacks, behavioral changes, even compulsions," the department shrink had told her. And yeah, she'd had all of the above except for the last one. This was her first full-blown compulsion. Or rather, the strange urge that practically dragged her into the creepy-ass store earlier in the week had been the first. This was her second. And it was much stronger.
It's not the same book, she told herself. It's just another copy. Except that her maman had said it was one of a kind. You're just transferring, trying to solve something that's solvable because you know the real stuff isn't. That was the practical part of her talking, her father's daughter. And suddenly she saw the major in the shape of the blue eyes that stared back at her, and in the ramrod posture that made her look taller than her true five-six. Inwardly, though, her mother's voice whispered, At least take a look. What have you got to lose?
"My sanity," she muttered under her breath, ignoring the ache that fisted beneath her heart. She hesitated another moment, then shook her head and pushed through the door, causing a distant bell to ring in the back of the cluttered shop.
As before, the place smelled disconcertingly like foot powder—gritty talc with a cloying perfumed undertone that made her think of funerals. Display racks near the door held the usual suspects: artsy postcards, books on the witch trials, copies of The House of the Seven Gables and such. But the racks themselves were made of wood rather than the usual cheesy wire, and the sides were carved with strange, sinuous curves and the hint of scales and teeth. The walls were painted black, with greenish white accents she bet glowed in the dark when MacEvoy turned off the lights. It would make the perfect backdrop for him to pull out the three-foot-high grim reaper statue that was locked in a glass case behind the register at the back of the store, and which she'd bet a hundred bucks converted, Transformer-like, into a giant bong.
Yeah. This was so not her scene. She should just leave.
"Miss Weston!" MacEvoy came through an employees-only door with his hands outstretched and his red-rimmed eyes holding an expression of pleasure that might or might not be faked.
A middle-size, middle-age grasshopper of a man, he was all arms and angles inside a faded black suit that made him look like a Victorian mortician and, she suspected, had come from the clearance rack at Cosby's Costumes a few doors down.
Don't be bitchy, she told herself as she shook his hand and returned his greeting. It's not like he came looking for you. And it wasn't his fault she felt totally out of place. The problem wasn't with the location, or with him.
"Right this way." He headed to the register area, where a wood-and-glass case held a collection of impressively ugly silver-and-moonstone jewelry, along with a sterling frog whose garnet eyes seemed to follow Reda when she moved. But that was just her imagination.
Holding back a shiver, she reminded herself that she didn't believe in magic, that this was all just a put-on for the tourists. If the atmosphere was working on her, it meant that MacEvoy was better at his shtick than she would've thought.
Disappearing behind the case, he rummaged around for a moment, then made a satisfied noise. When he straightened, he was holding a black, metal-edged cardboard clamshell box that was marked Acid-Free Archival Storage on the spine.
Reda's mental cash register went cha-ching and she wondered whether she should do a "thanks but I've changed my mind," and have another session with the shrink instead. Certainly be cheaper. Or she could go home and fill out the paperwork on her desk—applications to the forensic-science programs at Colby and New Haven. That wasn't the same as saying she was wimping out. It was just exploring options.
But those practical thoughts exited stage left the second MacEvoy set the box on the counter and flipped it open and a skim of heat washed through her, followed by a prickle of gooseflesh that made her feel suddenly awake, though she hadn't been aware of being sleepy.
The shopkeeper grinned. "You like it?"
"Oh, yes," she breathed. "Yes, I do." Because it wasn't just any book. It was the book. It had to be.
The cover was intricately carved with another forest scene, this one with an achingly lovely girl front and center, running along a narrow path. She was wearing a long, flowing cloak over a peasant dress, and was looking back over her shoulder with an expression of mingled terror and excitement. There were no authors' names, just a title that stood up a little taller than the rest of the carving. Rutakoppchen.
"Red Riding Hood," she whispered, hearing the words in her mother's voice. Not just one of a kind, her maman had said on that long-ago birthday, but yours alone. It was sent to me, darling, to give to you when the time is right.
MacEvoy looked surprised. "You speak the language? The paperwork says it's some obscure Western European dialect, and doesn't make any promises on the translation."
"I don't need a translation." She already knew the story by heart. Pulse thrumming, she reached for the book.
The shopkeeper hooked the box with a spindly finger and tugged it back an inch. "You going to buy it?"
Her plastic was on the counter before she was even aware of having made the decision. More, she didn't yank it back when MacEvoy two-fingered it, even though her smarter self was inwardly screeching that they hadn't talked price.
She didn't care. She had to have it, regardless of whether it was really the same one or not, really one of a kind. Not because of the strange, fragmentary dreams she'd been having every night since she brought home the print—a circle of stones like Stonehenge only not, a sense of pounding urgency, a flash of green eyes that brought heat and left her to wake up alone and aching—but because it was a missing part of her past. And if that was transference, she didn't give a crap right now.
As he swiped her card, she brushed her fingertips across the carved wood, and got a jolt of strange excitement. Nerves jangled and her smarter self asked what the hell was going on here, why was she acting like this?
"Is it true that the wolf doesn't just eat Red in this version?" MacEvoy asked as he waited for the slip to print. He glanced over at her, getting a gleam in his red-rimmed eyes. "The paperwork said that he seduces her first, enslaves her, plays with her until he gets bored and then he eats her."
"Something like that," she said. She was dying to page through, but didn't want to do it in front of him, though she didn't know why, just as she couldn't explain the sudden pounding of her heart and faint clamminess of her hands, or the liquid churn low in her belly. All she knew for sure was that her hands were shaking as she scrawled on the slip, and then flipped the clamshell shut and tucked it under her arm. "Thanks. See you around." Or not.
"Wait," he said as she headed for the exit. "I wanted to ask you Aren't you that cop? The one—"
She put her head down, clutched the box and bee-lined it out of the shop.
The short walk to her apartment on the outskirts of the "cool" district where the old houses were still getting restored seemed to take forever, especially when two of her neighbors pretended they didn't see her. Guilt stung, but Reda told herself—as the shrink had told her—that they weren't acting that way because they thought she was to blame for her partner's death in a liquor-store robbery gone bad. Like most of her friends and family, they just didn't know what to say anymore given that Benz had been dead for months now, and she was still ghosting around looking as if her best friend had died.
Except that he had. And it was her fault. Not because she'd done anything wrong, but because she hadn't done anything. She had frozen. Just stood there while a strung-out meth head looking at his third strike opened fire.
The news reports had said she was lucky to get away. The other cops hadn't said anything, really. Just like her neighbors didn't now as she hurried past them. But for a change the uneven thudding of her heart didn't have anything to do with the sidelong looks and whispers, or the knowledge that her father and brothers had been right when they said she wasn't the save-the-world type. Instead, it was the heavy weight of the box she held clutched to her chest, gripping it so tightly her fingers had gone numb.
She was breathing so fast she was practically lightheaded by the time she let herself into her small, homey apartment. Not even pausing to shuck out of her leather jacket, she dumped her purse near the door and crossed to the narrow galley kitchen. The hollow sound the box made on the butcher-block counter reminded her that she hadn't looked at the credit-card slip, didn't know how much she had dropped on the thing. Didn't care.
"So open it," she told herself, the words sounding far too loud on air that had gone still around her, like the world was holding its breath. Or maybe—probably—that was just her. She was turning this into a way bigger deal than it needed to be.
Still, her fingers trembled as she flipped open the box, then reached in and touched the wooden cover. She told herself the faint tingle was her imagination, just as the hot dreams she'd been having the past few nights had been nothing more than memories of her girlish rescue fantasies with the temperature turned up by her adult experiences.
She traced the raised lettering. Rutakoppchen. A version of Red Riding Hood with the wolf as both sinner and seducer, the woodsman as the hero who saves the girl and takes her away from her old life to a new, better one. Seeing the book, touching it, made her mother feel closer than she had in years. Even if it turned out to be just a copy, it was worth whatever she had paid.
But she had to know, so she opened it. The cover creaked like an unoiled door, her throat became suddenly parched and tight and then her eyes filled at the sight of a blank page with two lines of elegant script right in the center, done in blue ink that had faded over the past two decades.
To my sweet Alfreda on her eighth birthday, with the rest of the story to come when you turn sixteen.
Reda's heart thudda-thudded in her chest as she brushed her fingers across the last word. Maman. Her older brothers had teased her about putting on airs, calling her "princess" and poking at her because there was nothing remotely royal about any of them. They were army brats and proud of it.
Posted January 5, 2012
Reviewed By: Jen
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
I've been working my way through this series that had so much potential. This third installment fell short for me and is so far the weakest link. The story arc of the children of Elden trying to return t overthrow the evil Blood Sorcerer is advanced. While this book may stand alone, it's going to make much more sense if you start at the beginning of the series.
Lord of the Wolfyn is "based" on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Ms Andersen does a good job linking the two, which may be the strongest aspect of this story. What didn't work for me was the characters. I had trouble caring for Reda, in particular, and Dayn. Reda was just too whiny through much of the book, and while she grows, in the end I just wasn't caring and wanted Dayn to get home so I could move on to the last book.
I'll finish the series since I'm invested and want to know how it all works out. But if this one had been my introduction, I'm not sure I would have continued.
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Posted January 17, 2013
I've read all the other books for this series and i have to say this one i did not really enjoy. I'm dissapointed. The other stories were really good and i was so excited to read this one too. Bummer... :(Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2012
I started reading this series because I love Gena Showalter. The first and second were good, but this one is not holding my interest. I don't enjoy the way it is written. I always finish my books in about two days, always finding an excuse to read a little more. Not with this one! I am always finding an excuse NOT to read more...bummer!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2012
Posted December 27, 2011
Lord of the Wolfyn is my favorite of the Royal House of Shadows series so far; with four great authors working on this series Jessica Andersen was the only one that I was unfamiliar with but I will defiantly be looking up more of her works now!
Fantastic as a stand-alone, Lord of the Wolfyn follows Dayn ¿ a prince of a magical realm that was taken over by an evil sorcerer. When the King and Queen lay dying they summoned enough magic to perform one last spell to transport their four children to safety but also instilling an undeniable need for vengeance. When the spell took place, Prince Dayn was on the hunt when he was transported to the wolfyn realm by the king and told only that one day a woman would come to guide him back home. When that woman finally arrives Dayn is unprepared for a human with no idea how to guide him anywhere, but with only four days to do it he is not going to waste time.
Reda Weston is well versed in fairy tales, especially when it comes to the big bad wolf, but she never expected to be tossed head first into one! Coping with the grief and guilt from the death of her partner, Reda is investigating an old childhood storybook when she is thrown into the magical dimension of Wolfyn. Coming face-to-face with the virile woodsman is a surprise but when he expects her to lead him to his kingdom and help him save it from the evil blood sorcerer Reda knows she is way out of her realm. Will Reda be able to cope with this sexy vampire in time to save him and his kingdom or will she run home to grandma when his dangerous secret is revealed?
Sexy, fast paced and intriguing, Lord of the Wolfyn was a great read start to finish. The story was well developed, keeping the reader glued to the pages by revealing little bits and pieces at a time. The romance and relationship between Reda and Dayn grew quickly but with a countdown of only four days time it wasn¿t unexpected, however this in no way made anything feel ¿left out¿ or ¿missing¿ and was seriously HOT. Reda was a strong heroine that I enjoyed reading about. Dayn was very romantic, much more so then his siblings so far, and made my heart go pitter-patter. J The beginning of the story was somewhat confusing with the timeline and the vortexes but as it continued I everything made sense.
Lord of the Wolfyn was an easier read then the first two in the series, Lord of the Vampires and Lord of Rage, and the timeline wasn¿t as screwy either. I think that if this book was placed as the first or second in the series then The Royal House of Shdaows' story arc would have been more understandable and received a more positive response from readers.
Lord of the Wolfyn is great read that I recommend, whether you¿ve read the other novels in this series or not. A sexy shape-shifter vampire and human cop thrown into a magical realm full of baddies, fun times all around!
Posted December 15, 2011
What a delightful way of spending the evening! Well, evenings more like, took me more then it usually does to read a Harlequin, but it's December, so, you know...stuff to do, things to get done, etc etc :D BUT, what a pleasure nonetheless! The third book in this series, Lord of Wolfyn introduces us the lovable Dayn, an irresistible prince (aren't they all? *sigh*) and the totally adorable Reda. Upon reading the story, I had a feeling of fairytale continuity, where book #2 of the series put a spin on The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, expanding and developing it into a gorgeous adult PNR, this book puts a spin on the story of Red Riding Hood, as well developing and expanding it into a fabulous adult PNR (and I like this spin a lot more then I did the movie Red Riding Hood this year), and the heroine's name being Red+a is suggestive enough. I loved the plot and how it developed, the pace if it, the chemistry between Dayn and Reda was awesome, but their relationship had backbone, it had substance, it felt very real and not at all rushed. Magic was in the air from page 1 to page 282, and there wasn't really any moment when I didn't feel it cradling me as I read; there was this charming atmosphere, the words worked like a charm together, the characters fit with each other and with the story, and they all fit with me like it was meant to be :D I had a ridiculous amount of fun while I read this book, and I will confess to enjoying it slightly more then I did book #2, and substantially more then I did book #1. And I just can't wait to get to the next, in a few days (December is going to be my month of spoiling myself with yummy reads :D yes, tis the season to be shameless xDDDD ). What I liked the most is in this book more then in the others, I felt as though I witnessed the characters grow, evolve, adapt to their new conditions, feelings and duties. Dayn and Reda evolved each on their own and as a couple as the story progresses, shedding layer upon layer of doubt, fear and hesitation and finally becoming a couple, a real couple. This relationship touched me more then others for some reason, and I feel like my soul is richer after reading about it, honestly. You know how there can be these random moments that just make you feel richer inside? Like looking out the window on a bright Sunday morning or feeling the swirl of flowery scents in the breeze of spring? This was like that, for me. So thank you, Jessica Andersen, for my moment of serendipity at 3 AM this morning (that's when I finished reading the book :p). If you haven't given this book a try, please do so if you like PNR, it's engaging, beautifully written, awesomely paced, and it's just beautiful. Beautiful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2011
"Lord of the Wolfyn" by Jessica Anderson was interesting at first because I definitely love the comparison with Red Riding Hood and the Wolf...but it seemed this book lacked what I'm used to in a paranormal romance. I love Jessica Anderson's reading style, don't get me wrong, but I feel this book could've had more to it. It seemed to be rushed liked the other books in the series. I understand the authors were only allowed certain amount to write in a short period...but I feel that maybe each book could've had more. That's my honest opinion though.
I did love the character Dayn in this book and it seems he has become my favorite so far in the series. A hunky vampire who also turns wolfyn...that definitely is my dream come true in paranormal romance. He has a lot of power and sexiness to him.
As for Reda though, there were moments I just didn't like her character. She always seemed scared and I understand what she went through losing her partner, Benz...but she had a hard time getting over it and also learning that she was tough, she just had to let go of her past and look to her future. I don't really like weak heroines, but at the end of the book, she finally decided that maybe it was time to step up and finally conquer her fear. I wish she would've found that out in the beginning.
There wasn't much action in this book also, which the 1st book and 2nd book had. There wasn't much obstacles for the characters. It seemed it was mostly a love obstacle for them both. Could they or would they be together or would Reda have to go back to her world and leave Dayn to focus on his world and conquer the Blood Sorcerer. It was driving me crazy at times and I had to put the book down for awhile and come back to it later.
I will give Jessica Anderson this, when Dayn and Reda finally made up their minds to be together and bond, she had a great scene between them both and I also loved how she showed the bond between them both afterwards and how Dayn was able to track down Reda after she was captured.
I've actually read a short book from Jessica Anderson from one of the Anthologies I have on my book shelves and I've been meaning to read more from her, but just hadn't had the time, but now I will put some of her books to my to-read list and definitely will keep up with her books now after reading this one.
I may have gave this book 3 stars...but the Author I give 4.5 stars. =)
Posted October 31, 2011
I really like the element of different authors writing the story. Every author has a different perspective of what is going on and it you don't feel like you are reading the same book but with different characters. You really do notice the difference in personalities but it isn't so drastic that you are confused as to whether you are reading the correct book. I did like Andersen's development of the story and the incorporation of Red Riding Hood. However, for some reason I just wasn't sucked into the story. I liked it and found it entertaining but I wasn't engrossed with it. The story line progressed smoothly and there wasn't too much or too little action taking place.
When Dayne is magically sent away by his parents, he finds himself in the wolfyn land... which just so happens to be the very creature that he hunts. For 20 years he keeps his identity a secret and lays low until his guide, Reda, arrives to take him back to Elden.
Reda magically finds herself in the realm of Wolfyn and is terrified. She read the REAL story about Lil Red Riding Hood and saw how the wolf/wolfyn had enthralled her and seduced her until ultimately killing her when he was bored. So of course she is petrified that she will end up just as Red did. However, she finds herself being saved by a prince, Prince Dayne to be exact and has no idea that he isn't human.
So far all three stories have ended with the siblings ending up in Elden. Up next is Lord of the Abyss which follows the story of Micah and I cannot wait how everything pans out.
Posted October 18, 2011
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Each book in this series gives us a more thorough glimpse of what happened that fateful day when the Blood Sorcerer attacked the royal house of Elden and took their lands in a bloody, relentless invasion. In Lord of the Wolfyn, we learn more about Elden and the surrounding realms, including how they connect to the human world. Thanks to regular peripheral interactions with humans and their technology, Dayn and the Wolfyn have adopted some human slang and speech patterns, giving the prince an appealing feel of regal and proper peppered with modern and urban.
Dayn is not your average alpha male hero, despite being a vampire fairy tale prince living among werewolves. He's sweet and gentle but also decisive and take charge. He has no delusions of grandeur or taking over the world - he just wants his family back, and he wants revenge on the one who slaughtered his parents and their people. I like that Dayn, while strong and capable, doesn't suddenly transform into a superhero and magically rise from the brink of destruction to save the day. That's been done to. well, death. and it's nice to see some deviation in the action scenes while still staying within the bounds of the paranormal romance story structure.
Reda, likewise, does not just blindly accept the existence of vampires or the reality of how that affects her relationship with Dayn. She does a lot of thinking. Possibly a little too much for the story arc to flow smoothly and move along swiftly, but it does add some cute and tender moments between the two of them as Dayn starts to learn her habits and comment on it. Reda brings a different kind of strength to the heroine role: she is courageous without realizing it and is determined to follow through on this strange quest even though she thinks she might be a little crazy.
The relationship between Reda and Dayn is extremely well-written, as are the steamy scenes. The tenderness, the passion, the connection, the physicality. it's all there without coming across as lewd, scandalous, or voyeuristic.
And finally, the action is about to start! We've waited three books to see the siblings back together, reclaiming what is rightfully theirs, and the ending of Lord of the Wolfyn does not disappoint! It teases the next book just enough, while still giving the readers a satisfying conclusion to Dayn and Reda's story.
Lord of the Wolfyn is Red Riding Hood meets Beauty and the Beast. It has just about everything you could want from a fairytale-inspired paranormal romance: a fantastical, vibrant setting, characters with depth and life, and a progressive story arc that keeps the reader interested and anxiously turning the pages for more.
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Posted October 18, 2011
Oooh, this was another great installment in this series. I really loved both of these character. The entire series is a bit complex, but I really liked the way that this installment came together.
Reda is from the human realm, but was raised with the magical story of the Woodsman and Little Red Riding Hood as told to her by her mother. In real life, Reda is a cop, but several months ago, her partner got caught up in a liquor store shooting and was killed when Reda froze in the heat of the moment. Ever since then, she has been floundering with her sanity and her ability to deal. She blames herself, doubts herself, and doesn't have any faith in her courage any longer.
When the Elder race was taken over by the Blood Sorcerer, Dayn was flung out of the Elder kingdom into the Wolfyn lands. He has lived there for the past 20 years, although they have no idea who he really is since the Elder and Wolfyn races are enemies. He has had to hide his true self for a LONG time and it has taken it's toll.
Both Dayn & Reda have been dreaming about each other, so when she ends up in the Wolfyn kingdom, they both know who the other is and there is an instant connection between them. Regardless of this, they both know that their association is temporary because they have 4 days to get him to Eldon so that he can fulfill his destiny and she can go home.
There are many twists and turns along the way, as you would expect, and it made for a really suspenseful read. At about the halfway point of this book, I found that I could not put it down. I really enjoyed watching Reda work through her emotional trauma also. She is a character that has a HUGE character arc throughout the book as she learns to trust herself again. In the same way, Dayn has had to learn how to be true to himself too. It was really just a great book. I was highly emotionally involved with this couple's HEA and was so excited at the end of the book. It's been a while since I was truly so happy about an ending in a book because it was simply happy...even though their story isn't done. We still have book #4 to go, and I cannot wait to see how everyone's story ends!!! Amazing series!!!
Posted October 15, 2011
This review is going to be a little different. My mind is all over the place on this book so I figure the best way to sum up my thoughts without spoilers is to list what I did and didn't like. Likes: A) I absolutely love the premise of the book. Imagine a kingdom being overrun and a king and queen who would do anything to save not only the people of the land but also their own children. Throw in some magic, sorcery, vampires, werewolves, unusual creatures and you have the makings of a fascinating tale. A+ B) Never having read any of Jessica Andersen other novels, I find her voice interesting, easy to read, not too intrusive, and overall very descriptive. The world-building in this book was outstanding. For the most part, I felt that I was in the Wolfyn realm with Reda. Experiencing her world spinning out of control as much as she did. The pacing was decent and there was plenty of action, never a dull moment unless we were in Reda's head over thinking. C) The theme of "Little Red Riding Hood" fit well into the story. It was very believable and cleverly worked alongside the magical elements and other mystical creatures. It was a delightful twist on an old fairytale and readers should have fun discovering all the little twists and turns that Andersen takes. D) Love scenes in Lord of the Wolfyn were fantastic. There were only a few, but in actuality with the threat against a kingdom that's all the book really needed. The few scenes we did get (check the shower), were delectable and oh so yummy. Dislikes: A) Well it was a very short read. I feel as though as soon as I started getting invested in the characters, oh about page 100 or so, I was finished with the book without really having known too much about either of them. B) I would have loved more background on Reda's end. We get hints about her mother, a few hints about her father, a quick glimpse into her current life, and then we are transported to another world. I would like to more about a certain book that is often mentioned, more about her mother, and more about what she truly is. Maybe this was all explained in Book #1 or #2 in the series, and if so then my point here in null and void. If not I really think this would have added to the story and maybe given readers a little more insight to her character. C) Another thing I didn't particularly like about Reda was her internal dialog for the first half of the book. At times she came off wimpy, whiney, indecisive, and unsure of herself and everything around her. I really didn't start liking Reda until she started to get some fire in her blood and speaking her mind. She was not a complete waste of space as a character, but as a main character she did fall kind of flat. I'm thinking that if we were given more back-story then this would not even be an issue. Seeing as this review is short and to the point, I should express that having read the series out of order, I now wish I had started with the first book. In my mind there are still several unanswered questions and since the book was so short (under 300 pages), it's leaving me longing for more. Guess I will be picking up Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, #4) to calm the rumbling in me to see how the saga concludes. Don't get me wrong, Lord of the Wolfyn can work as a standalone title but I must warn you once you get to the end you will want to know what happens in the final battle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2011
Prince Dayn was the hunter of the family who protected Elden from dangerous creatures, including any wolfyn who became trapped in the Kingdom realm. The Queen's protection spell sends Dayn into the realm of the wolfyn to wait. Before he dies, his father, the King, tells him through mindspeak that Dayn will stay where he is until a guide is sent for him and then he has 4 days to get to his siblings in Elden to storm the castle or all will be lost. Reda Weston was a police officer who's partner was killed during a robbery. She blames herself for his death because she froze in panic instead of creating a distraction that could have saved his life. Reda is searching for a book which her mother had given to her as a child, a dark version of Little Red Riding Hood. Once she locates this book, it is a catalyst and opens a vortex which takes her to the wolfyn realm. Dayn realizes immediately that she is the guide his father spoke about and which he has been waiting 20 years to bring him home. He convinces Reda to go with him to find the next vortex portal so he can get to his siblings and kill the blood sorcerer. The story of Dayn and Reda moves quickly through the beginning of the book, then we hit a snag when both characters realize they haven't learned anything and are repeating past mistakes, now with each other. Things get a little awkward between them. Then things really awkward between them when Reda finds out Dayn is hiding more than just the fact that he's a prince and a vampire. Reda tries to flee back home, but gets trapped in the vortex and a disembodied voice convinces her she needs to help Dayn get to his siblings and then she can return home. The story improves from there after Dayn and Reda move past their issues and work together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2011
Reda Weston has always been interesting in the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, and after reading her latest sexy version she never expected to suddenly end up in another realm where it seems the wolf from Red Riding Hood really exists. Now Reda is going to have to figure out what is going on and fast because something is going on and she is afraid she is actually loosing her mind.
Dayn has been waiting for the day when the guide his father promised would come to him would help him get back home to stop the Blood Sorcerer and get the vengeance his soul craves. After the Blood Sorcerer cursed him with need to change into Wolfyn form Dayn has to find a way to deal with the consequences of the curse and find a way to accept what he is now. It just might be the only way he will be able to save his home and to conquer the Blood Sorcerer. It might also be the only way that Dayn will be able to save Reda, who Dayn is fast learning he can't live without.
Reda might think she has lost her mind but she is coming to realize that what she has always believed in, in the human realm isn't all there is out there and she just might have the answers Dayn needs to get home after all. Reda is also starting to think that the man she has always been searching for just might actually be real and she has found him in the last place she ever thought possible. Now Reda and Dayn have to find a way to survive the Blood Sorcerer and reclaim Dayn home so that they might have the future that they both want together.
This is a wonderful twist to Little Red Riding Hood that will have readers looking at that story in a whole new light. This story will be unforgettable and will have the reader sorry to see the end of these characters. The story is fresh and new and makes it a lot of fun to read and see all the twist this story takes. This is the third book in the Royal House of Shadows series and will it can be read as a stand alone it is much better and a fuller story when read with the other books in the series. The whole series takes fairy tales that most reader will recognize and gives them twists that make the reader feel they are reading the stories for the very first time. The series is written by some very talented authors that bring the realm of Elden to life.
Posted October 13, 2011
Two decades ago in Elden, the Blood Sorcerer conducted a bloody coup killing the rulers. He made two critical mistakes when he failed to prevent the dying king from sending to his offspring an obsessed need to avenge their deaths; and the queen using her last breath of power sends their four children into hiding so they could buy time to complete her husband's vendetta. Thus the Blood Sorcerer failed to kill the Crown prince Nicolai (see Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter) and his three siblings; Breena (see Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe), Dayn and Micah.
His parents sent Prince Dayn to the land of the Wolfyn, but he kept his memory when he telepathically spoke with his dying dad during his father's last breaths and understands his obsession with returning home to lead the revolt against the Blood Sorcerer. He is unsure who will guide him back to Elden but knows he will recognize the chosen one. When he meets former cop Reda Weston of Salem, Massachusetts he is sure she is the one, but she seems confused with what is going on.
The third Royal House of Shadows romantic fantasy is a fun loose take on Little Red Riding Hood as the Lord of the Wolfyn must choose between his quest to become the big bad wolf to free his kingdom or become the handsome prince to save his cherished little Red. Although the story line slows down at times, series fans will enjoy the third thrilling entry and look forward to the clean-up hitter Nalini Singh to bring it all to conclusion hopefully with a walk off grand slam.
Posted September 10, 2011
The beginning was very promising, as we meet Reda, a former cop traumatized by the shooting death of her partner. Reda's consumed with guilt, believing that her partner's death was her fault because she was frozen with fear. She is soon sucked into the wolfyn realm by a magical vortex, and must fulfill her destiny of guiding Prince Dayn of Elden back to his home realm to defeat the Blood Sorceror. But while Dayn seems to be the sexy woodsman of her childhood Little Red Riding book, he is also a vampire. And the wolfyn, who have the frightening ability to enthrall women, are actually shapeshifters involved in a political struggle and pack infighting.
Dayn and Reda have less than 4 days to reach Elden, and spend it hiking to the next vortex, getting to know each other, and shagging. Which is all well and good, except pretty soon Reda's internal dialogue of analytical self-doubt and second thoughts blends into the narrative voice, and every kiss is analyzed, and every glance is fraught (yes, fraught!) with meaning. I appreciate the emotions leading to lovemaking as much as the next girl, but this relationship was talked to death. By the time the plot action heated up, and the evil witch reappeared, a wolfyn pack attacked, and a dragon assassin entered the action, I was frustrated and no longer cared much for Reda. When she suddenly changed from cowering, catatonic coward to warrior princess, I started skimming (a very rare thing for me) just to get to the end so I would be ready for the fourth and final installment of this series, Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh.
As a stand alone book I can't strongly recommend this, but as part of a 4 book series it's worthwhile to know the backstory of each royal heir of Elden.
Posted August 29, 2011
Once upon a time there were a King and Queen who were loved and respected throughout the land. A viscous Blood Sorcerer wanted their power so he slaughtered them and their people. With their dying breath the King and Queen worked magic that would separate and send their three sons and daughter far away. Their dying wish was to protect their children; giving them the drive to stay alive and get revenge for all that they lost...
Lord of the Wolfyn is the third book in the Royal House of Shadows series and the first book I've read by Jessica Andersen. I didn't like this book nearly as well as I liked the first two in the series. Lord of the Vampires set up the story and drew me in, Lord of Rage made me want more and Lord of the Wolfyn left me feeling under whelmed. Lord of the Wolfyn tells the story of Prince Dayn of Elden.
Prince Dayn's story is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and though it had its good moments, I wasn't very impressed. I liked Dayn. I liked that we finally get a sibling that hadn't lost his memory. I liked that Dayn found himself in a realm of creatures he used to hunt and had to hide the fact he was a blood drinker from them. I liked that unlike Nicolai and Breena, Dayn actually spoke to his father using mindspeak at his time of dying and knew to wait for a certain person to be his guide and bring him back to save Elden to save his people. I even liked Reda, the disgraced cop with anxiety issues, even though I found her annoying at times and wanted to slap her. I'm not sure what it was about this book that fell flat for me; it just did. Maybe it was the fact that Lord of the Vampires was really good and Lord of Rage was excellent. Lord of the Wolfyn had a lot to live up to and it just wasn't as good. It was really slow at time and I found myself wanting to skip over scenes. I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened next overall, not because I wanted to know more about these particular characters.
I'm really curious to see how Nalini Singh ends this series with Prince Micha's story. It seems to me that there is so much left to tell and it's all going to happen in his book. Doesn't leave much room for him to get a proper love story. Maybe there should've been 5 books, 1 for each of the siblings and book 5 to complete the storyline. I don't' know. I just hope Lord of the Abyss doesn't feel rushed and that it's better than the third installment. Also I wish it were available on netGalley so that I could read it now. I need to know how the series ends even if Lord of the Wolfyn wasn't the greatest. The overall storyline is intriguing and I'm hooked.
Posted August 23, 2011
Lord of the Wolfyn is the third book in the Royal House of Shadows series. Although I was unable to tell the difference in authors for the previous two books, I did see a difference in this one. The bad news is that I didn't like this one as much as the other two, but the good news is that I still enjoyed it. Aside from the difference in writing, I wasn't a big fan of the time lapse. Actually, the whole time frame of the series seems off to me. I won't say how, in case someone finds it as a spoiler, but it is a bit confusing.
In the beginning of the book, we are introduced to Dayn, the second son of the King and Queen of Elden. When their country is attacked, Prince Dayn is sent to the Wolfyn realm. Then we meed Reda, a cop, who has been searching for an antique "Little Red Ridding Hood" book that had been given to her by her mother but taken from her by her father. The story of little red ridding hood seemed to be a big part of the story, but its whole part in Lord of the Wolfyn was shortly thrown aside. While Dayn is portrayed as being a strong and brave character, Reda is introduced as a small, helpless, weak woman who froze when her partner was killed. But other than those small things, I did enjoy this third installment in the series. Overall, it was a good read.
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