Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Wolf’s Mate


Title: The Wolf’s Mate
Author: R.F. Long
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-702-7
Genre: [M/F] Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

After Jeren and Shan escapes the clutches of her insane brother, she thinks they finally have a chance at a happy life together. Jeren’s hopes are dashed almost as soon as they reach the encampment of Shan’s people, and she learns the new female leader, Ylandra, hates her on sight. Even worse, the angry, vindictive woman wants Shan for herself and is willing to do the unthinkable to get it. Going against tradition, Ylandra uses an ancient, rarely utilized oath, binding Shan to her side…full time, as little more than a slave.

When Ylandra forces Shan to participate on a suicide mission against their clan’s ancient enemy, Jeren is left alone to find her own place with people who hate her. She’s just making peace with Shan’s brother when a group of people from her home Holt arrives, trying to convince her to return and claim her birthright. Jeren loves her people of River Holt, but she loves Shan more. Helping them could destroy her soul and mean separation from her mate forever.

The Wolf’s Mate is second release in R.F. Long’s trilogy, A Tale of the Holtlands, and it takes up immediately where The Wolf’s Sister left off. It’s well written, fast paced and filled with interesting and unique characters. The premise might not be new, but the rendering of the situations and descriptions of the setting and clan life is nicely done.

Ylandra’s violent and erratic behavior is handled well, as are the scenes where she and Shan are taken to the enemy camp. There’s a great many secondary characters and they lend depth and interest to the story, all while helping to propel the plot forward. Shan is…well he’s Shan; strong, loyal responsible, dedicated, determined and totally in love with Jeren. The best part of the story is Jeren herself. I liked her in The Wolf’s Sister but in this release, she really grows and shines, as she turns into a confident and determined woman, willing to fight for her man. I’m very curious to see what happens to these two mates with the next and last release.

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