Title: Wolves of Black Pine
Series: The Wolfkin Saga #1
Author: SJ Himes
Length: Novel (403 pages)
Publisher: SJ Himes (June 30, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war. Peaceful for thousands of years, the Wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes.
The nightmare begins with an ambush by humans at a gathering of their kind, and lives are lost. Among them is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans. Thought long dead and gone, he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.
Kane, Heir to the Wolfkin clan Black Pine, is charged with hunting down the traitors who betrayed their kind to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.
Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining. Though the gift of their reunion doesn’t come without price. Faced by the consequences of their growing love, and the goddess-forged bond between them, Kane and Ghost are besieged on all sides.
Enemies are coming for their blood, and without the steadfast loyalty and love of family and friends, they may not be safe from the very people they fight to protect.
Book one in a series, The Wolfkin Saga. 150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.
Review: I have to say I was impressed by the several points of view throughout this book as most stories I’ve read have one or two. It was refreshing to see how different characters were reacting to situations throughout.
The first 50 something pages is mostly about Gray Shadow, Shaman of the Black Pine wolves, Caius, Alpha of Black Pine, Kane, future Alpha of Black Pine, Luca, future Shaman of Black Pine plus a few others and the events that happened during and after the attack. After that the story begins fourteen years later.
Simon is an evil human thinking of nothing but what he wants, immortality. He stops at nothing to gain his goal even murdering his own brother and has an uneasy truce with werewolf Roman McLennan, Alpha Caius son, to get as many werewolves as he can for his experiments.
The main characters Kane, heir to the alpha, and Luca, a shaman who was lost fifteen years before were an absolute delight to read about. They both struggled to come to grips with different things that happened and yet with each other’s help they persevered. I have never read a paranormal story quite like this with so much going on and the many different points of view added a refreshing change that I thoroughly enjoyed to the very end.
There is danger, mystery, betrayal, action, and heartbreaking scenes in this story that had me holding my breath waiting to see what the outcome would be. Amazing journey with heart stopping scenes and details. The author does a wonderful job in explaining certain things that I would have had to look up otherwise, as the story progresses.
I can’t wait to see what else this author has in store with the next book in the series.
Fantastic read and highly recommended.
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