D'Arcy's Time of the Wolf has won the RIO Dorothy Parker award for best
Fantasy and was nominated for a P.E.A.R.L. Award. I am starting my
review with this notice so that you know others consider it a very good
book. I read it because it was one of the P.E.A.R.L. semi-finalists. The
story per se was a good, well-written story. If you are in the mood for
Action & Adventure type read, you will definitely enjoy it. If, like
me, you are looking for a romance, you will be disappointed.
D'Arcy's story was descriptive enough with the action scenes, and there
was a romance developed between the H/H. Her fight scenes were graphic
with the blood and sword play... but when the H/H finally "do the deed"
-- I had to reread the paragraph to be sure that is what happened... not
just heavy foreplay. The subsequent romantic interludes missed, also.
the Princess of Carrum Bahl, is sent on a quest to the future by Brekan,
Druid & advisor, to find Radin Hawk. Things don't go as she planned
and now she has her doubts that Radin is the hero needed to save her people.
Brekan has his own agenda and finally does explain that Radin is the reincarnated
Ambroch, King of Wolfhead and Keahla, reincarnation of Ambroch's love.
Radin and Keahla do not like the idea of being reincarnated soul-mates
or the quest Brekan has sent them on.
Sorceress Queen cheated death and has possessed a woman and is now installed
as Queen. Her goal: to resurrect Czetan, the Blood King. The H/H and Queen/
King must come together in 1 last great battle which will either destroy
the nation or return history to it's destined path which Brekan accidentally
the end, I felt the "ceremony" to destroy the witch was too much. Then,
next chapter you have the witch happy in the afterlife with the druid?
After all the death and gore up to that point, why?-- Did she throw this
scene in to have everyone with a HEA?
Cy Korte /
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