Forest of Thorns and Claws
Author: J.T. Hall
Title: Forest of Thorns and Claws
Pairing: M/M, M/F
Rating: Four Petals
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Donovan McGinnis, a veterinarian and conservationist at a research center in Sumatra, is fighting to save the rainforest from poachers and politicians alike. One day he discovers a tigress trapped by a snare, and while treating her injuries, she bites him. He becomes ill with strange symptoms that leave him feverish and dreaming of the jungle and blood.
Kersen and his family are part of the Siluman harimau, a clan of tiger shifters hidden away in a secret village near the rainforest. When Kersen’s sister is caught, he knows he must free her before she infects someone with their magic and reveals their secret.
But Donovan has already been turned, and only time will tell if he can control the tiger within. Kersen must help him, but will the fierce attraction between the pair bring ruin to them all? With the rainforest under threat from outside forces, they may be doomed anyway, unless Kersen and Donovan can find a way to defeat the danger from inside and out.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Donovan's life's work is trying to save the jungles of Sumatra. In particular, he is trying to keep the tigers unique to that region of the world alive. What Donovan never expected was for the tigers to be fighting for the same thing, or that the handsome man he meets after rescuing a tiger from a hunter's snare is much more than he appears.
My favorite part of this story is the amount of research that had to have gone into a story this complex. The jungles of Sumatra are described perfectly, as are the cultures of the various peoples who live there, their style of houses, and even their religious practices. All of that detail gave this book a sense of realism that served to augment and ground the supernatural parts. It was a really well written story.
The only complaint I had with the book was the ending, which stretched the realism to its limits. I won't go into it now so I don't spoil it for you, but after all the great things in the rest of the book, the ending was disappointing.
The research in this book was phenomenal, with details about Sumatra that brought the pages in the book to life. Even the supernatural parts felt real because of that. I had some issues with the ending, but I still do recommend this book.
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