Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pamela Palmer - A Love Untamed

The newest member of the elite Feral Warriors brotherhood, Fox is eager to prove himself on the frontlines of battle against the Daemons. When paired with the legendary Ilina warrior Melisande, he expects the fierce beauty to quickly fall under the spell of his quite considerable charm. Instead, he finds himself spellbound by a woman who's his match in every way.
Beneath Melisande's brittle exterior lies centuries of pain and a violent hatred of all shape-shifters--a hatred that slowly crumbles after she and Fox are caught in a deadly and cunning Mage trap and she glimpses a surprising depth in her far-too-seductive partner. Their survival demands unconditional trust--and their salvation surrender to a wild, untamed love. 

Comment: This is the most recent installment n the Feral Warriors series by this author. It's about a group of warriors who can turn into their feral animal, all predators of course, to fight the mages that attack the population and want to kill them.

This is the story of Kieran, he was chosen to become the fox of the group. He arrives in the wave of new warriors because their animal spirits have been freed from a prison where they've been for a long time. However, the mages infected them and some animal spirits chose the wrong warrior thus making some of them dangerous and untrustworthy.
Kieran, however, is one of the good guys and is excited to have been chosen. As soon as he arrives at Feral House, where all the warriors live, he is eager to help and embarks on a mission with another warrior and Ilina warriors, a group of women with the power to turn into mist and live in clouds.
Among them is Melisande, she has a difficult personality and only is present because her queen is the mate of one of the warriors. She doesn't want to help anymore than the unavoidable and scorns all males around her...until she tries to hurt Kieran and it backfires on her, thus making it likely he's to become her mate.

I'm still a fan of this series because while we see the focus on one warrior's story we also get POV's from one or two others. It's very handy in trying to keep you up with the series and it arouses out interest. Right now there are two warriors whose story I can't wait to read.
Kieran is new in this we haven't seen him that long, he first showed up perhaps two or three books ago but it was obvious he would become a protagonist. He's fierce and loyal and funny and is friends with Olivia, one of the protagonists of a previous book. He shows evidence of being able to be a warrior and I was happy for him because we get to see his thoughts and he wanted to be one. It's interesting how we see his personality like that. All his actions were believable and he is the archetype of a good hero.
Melisande is known for being a hard person, difficult to deal with, she doesn't make any friends and even tried to attack the leader of the Ferals. In this book we get to see why she is that way, why she seems to be angry all the time and in a way, understand her. While her romance with Kieran blossoms we get to see a softer side of her and I liked that, we get an interesting dichotomy on her behavior, but like always, to me the romance was rather fast. I think that, if an author is going to use the "mate" plot device, than don't push it, use it wisely, insert some sort of tension, of expectancy because otherwise where's the thrill, and even worse, if a character is though than don't change her completely so fast, it's not believable.
Apart from this I liked the book because it offered an interesting adventure and the continuation of a good plot too. I suggest reading in order because despite the author saying (like so many authors who write series do) it can be read as a stand alone it's much worth it to read in order, so many tidbits making sense if so.
This said, I will read the next ones, too bad they're taking so long now that the new series is also being published..oh well, how a reader suffers!
Just a little note to say...WTH for that cover! Why, publishers, why? With so many possible ways to make a cover, why picking this? Why?

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