Werewolf's Tale and a Druid's Sword
Author: Lexi Ander
Title: Werewolf's Tale and a Druid's Sword
Series: I.O.N. 2
Rating: Three Petals
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After he's kicked out for being gay, still reeling from being abandoned by the man he loves, Jude goes to live with his brother Beck, who thankfully is more than happy to take him in. But Jude has other secrets he's yet to share, for fear that even Beck will reject him, leaving him well and truly alone.
Then he draws the attention of werewolves, and discovers that everything he thought he knew about Levi, the man who abandoned him, is a lie. But one lie leads to another, ending in a vast conspiracy that threatens to destroy everything Jude loves—and that doesn't even begin to include the challenges that Beck is facing.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jude is a new main character with his own story set within the world of I.O.N. He's a kid trying to find his place in the world, but instead the world finds him. It's a struggle for Jude to fit in with Beck, who already knows who he is, and figure out the magical world at the same time, and that is the crux of the plot.
Like the first story in the series, this book was very interesting. I liked the world and how each type of creature has its own distinct culture and society. The werewolf society was highlighted in this story and the terrible things that happened to them. Jude is quickly pulled into the drama as he tries to save Levi. It definitely kept me turning the pages.
However, like the previous book this story also lacked description. Jude's powers are a mystery to me. I won't give away what they are here, because that would ruin the story, but I also don't think I could accurately say what those powers are. There are therefore big holes in the story and in my understanding of the plot, which is a shame considering how much I otherwise enjoyed this book.
I'm noticing a theme with this series: I'm really enjoying reading each book because they're interesting and overall well written, however the story lacks so much description that I feel like I'm missing something. I liked this story so I recommend it, but there were too many holes for me to give it high marks.
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