Blood of the Wolf
Author: Holly Evans
Title: Blood of the Wolf
Series: Forged in Blood 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, Bi
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
Eight years ago, my world changed. Little did I know the rest of the world had changed with me.
My name’s Niko, and I’m a made wolf shifter. Eight years ago, I endured a blood ritual that took me from a pretty normal guy and turned me into what I am today. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for ways to make the world a better place. I want to save people, to make sure they never suffer like I did.
Someone has been murdering born wolf shifters and using them in brutal rituals. I was given the opportunity to stop them and save lives. I leapt at the chance to make a real difference, but of course it came with a catch. I have to work with a Guardian, one of the goddess’s chosen wolves. On one hand, he’s everything I look for in a man. On the other, if he finds out who and what I am, then death will be a sweet release from the torture I’ll endure.
I have no choice but to hope the goddess is on my side as I rush to save the lives of the born wolf shifters, all the while praying I don’t lose my own life in the process.
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Niko struggles to get by day-to-day. His boss refuses to pay him, he lives in a terrible neighborhood, and as a made wolf shifter he isn't given any respect. That all changes when Alasdair claims Niko for the Goddess, and just maybe for himself, except it also causes the murderer to focus on them too.
Overall I enjoyed reading this story. The world building was amazing. The differences between made and born shifters, including how they handle the abilities and how society views them, was very well written. I particularly liked how Niko fit into that world, and yet as a reader I still got the impression that he was something more. However, what that something more could be was never fully explained.
My only complaint about this story was that lack of overall description, which is an issue I see a lot in Evans' writing. In this story, the lack of description kept me from fully understanding the plot. I didn't know what Niko's powers really were, why Alasdair picked Niko or even why Alasdair was watching Niko in the first place. There also needed to be a bit more depth as to where the gods and goddesses came from and why working for them is relevant to the story. That said, given this was the first book in the story, I have chosen to believe that all of that missing information was instead foreshadowing for what is to come in a future book.
I really liked the world building in this story and how it served to enhance the characterizations. The descriptions in the story were lacking, but this time it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment so I do recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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