The Spirit of the Wolfby Karen Kay
The Lost Clan, Book 2
Grey Coyote stands on the knife edge of desperation. An ancient curse dooms his people to a half-life in the mists, neither living nor dead-unless he can solve a deceptively simple riddle. As time runs short, he's sure the answer lies in beating a white
The end of a curse hides behind a riddle-and the final clue in the heart of a woman.
The Lost Clan, Book 2
Grey Coyote stands on the knife edge of desperation. An ancient curse dooms his people to a half-life in the mists, neither living nor dead-unless he can solve a deceptively simple riddle. As time runs short, he's sure the answer lies in beating a white trapper in a game of chance.
Among the trapper's possessions, though, is a prize he never expected. A golden-haired woman as beautiful, delicate and stubborn as a prairie rose.
One moment Marietta Welsford is wondering how long it will take her hired guide to finish his game so she can hurry home to Rosemead, the English estate to which she hopes to lay claim. The next, she is abandoned with a man whose magnetism tugs at her body and soul, and makes her heart out-thunder the storm.
With so little time to lift the enchantment, Grey Coyote at first views Marietta as a trickster-sent distraction. But as sure as the star that guides him, it soon becomes clear she is the clue that could ultimately free his people...and capture his heart.
Warning: Sensuous love scenes and unsolvable riddles might cause sleepless nights filled with unbridled passion.
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Karen Kay has masterfully blended romance with suspense in her cross-cultural love story The Spirit of the Wolf. While the romance between Marietta and Grey Coyote is passionate and well-written, the mystery behind the riddle Grey Coyote must solve gives the novel a pleasant push beyond the typical romance. Kay’s portrayal of the Native American way of life, and her clear knowledge of this subject, is a refreshing change of pace from American West stories with stereotypical Indians. The real draw of this novel is the characters; both Grey Coyote and Marietta have well-developed personalities and interesting back stories. The collision of these two characters and their personalities makes for a passionate, yet exciting romance. Every episode the two share is enthralling, whether it be a steamy love scene or a struggle on their adventure across the plains. The story is slightly slow in the beginning, and it lacks the typical punch of an attention-grabber; however, the adventure picks up after the first few chapters, taking the book’s pace along with it. If anything else is lacking in The Spirit of the Wolf, it’s an epilogue. There could be a little more information about what happens to the characters following the story’s climax. This being said, Kay has written an exciting and passion-filled novel that leaves you wanting more. Luckily, The Spirit of the Wolf is a part of a series, so this desire can be fulfilled. Mariah Smitala Apex Reviews
In 1816, four preadolescents are chosen to try to lift the curse that haunts their respective tribal bands for killing four of Thunderer¿s children. Two days a year they will live on the mortal plane while the rest of the year they will be in an ephemeral existence. The only hope to escape the curse resides in the Chosen One who must perform a heroic sacrificial deed by the time he is thirty. --- In 1835, Grey Coyote knows he is running out of time to save his tribe but feels he is close to solving the riddle of gaining ownership of something that belongs to his enemy. He assumes his enemy is Jacques LaCroix for if he is not the proud Indian knows he will have failed. In a game of Cos-Soo, he wins everything that Jacques owns including Englishwoman Marietta Welsford, whose uncle exiled her to the ¿colonies¿ upon the deaths of her parents when she was a child. She has recently learned that if she claims their estate before her eighteenth birthday she will be wealthy if she fails to do so her uncle gains everything. She needs his help, but though he wants to assist the woman he loves, time is his enemy. --- THE SPIRIT OF THE WOLF is a terrific Indian romantic fantasy that readers will enjoy from the moment Grey Coyote tastes failure as his clock is running out yet also feels renewal with Marietta though he will give up love to keep trying to solve the riddle. . Though the emphasis is more on the romance, this fast-paced story line is driven by the desperation of Grey Coyote, who understands what is at stake. Similar in tone to its predecessor, THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, fans will appreciate this fine tale. --- Harriet Klausner