Author: Patrica Briggs
Series: Sianim 4
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
Shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn leads a dangerous existence. Now she must return home for her noble father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has passed away. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, they find he's not dead, but ensorcelled by the ae'Magi, using him as a conduit to destroy Aralorn and Wolf. She must overcome this mysterious mist or fall to the blackest of magic.
This is the only book in the entire series that must be read in a specific reading order. It is a direct sequel to Masques; without reading the world building and character introductions in Masques much of Wolfsbane will not make sense.
In some ways I enjoyed Wolfsbane the most out of all the books in the series. It's purely an adventure novel with few ties to the later books in the series. Where Masques was the set-up book for Steal the Dragon and When Demons Walk, Wolfsbane feels like it diverged almost completely from that story line. That gave the plot more freedom to go where it needed to, which made for a great read. At the same time, there was considerable respect for the larger plot. Briggs included small details in Wolfsbane that help to give more depth to the sequels.
Aralorn's father is dead, so she travels to his side to pay her respects before the funeral. She quickly realizes that her father is actually cursed rather that dead. The fight to save her father before it really is too late as well as find the person responsible leads Aralorn to introduce more of the magical world the books are set in. If I go into too much detail I'll spoil the twists in the story, so let me just say I really did enjoy reading this book.
I also liked how despite the fact that the romance was solidified in Masques, Briggs doesn't allow that relationship to simply exist. It adds tension between the two main characters, which served to give the story more dimension and to, eventually, deepen their love.
I highly recommend this book, however I suggest reading Masques first. I enjoyed the adventure plot as well as all the small details that helped tie this book to the rest of the series.
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