Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two Mates for a Magistrate

Title: Two Mates for a Magistrate
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-652-1
Genre: {M/M/M} Werewolf, Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Magistrate Wolfram Rozenstadt has shouldered his responsibilities for centuries with only the support of his best friend and assistant, Klaus, and now the stress is giving him nightmares. Then one day he has a vision that nearly takes him to his knees. He sees something that gives him hope - his two mates, Dietrich and Fritz. 

Dietrich’s mother was a witch and he learned early to keep his wolf on a tight leash but on meeting Fritz, he nearly loses control. Fritz is all too human and doesn’t understand how their promising date turned weird with growls, claws and fangs. Wolfram arrives and the new mates come to an understanding but there’s still an unknown enemy, lurking in the shadows, trying to do harm to the spirit wolves. Wolfram is powerful, the enemy is strong too and this time, the evil might win, destroying their hope for a future. 

Two Mates for a Magistrate is release three in Spirit Wolves. It begins with a prologue that takes place in 1581, introducing Dietrich, while the present day story begins after a seven year gap. I admit this long time interval caught me by surprise and I can only conclude it allows for two things…the virus research to get farther along and for Paulie to have aged so he can become a mate in the next book, Three Mates, One Destiny. 

Dietrich is an interesting man and I was happy to see that he was also a witch, through his deceased mother, but I wish we’d seen more of this side of his personality. I felt the least connected to Fritz, our human, but I did like how he was willing to stand up with his mates during their confrontation action scenes. Wolfram is truly unique…powerful, protective, stoic and even a little mysterious. Ms. Hagen did a good job with the personalities of the wolves; I wish I could have felt the same with Fritz. 

Setting the majority of the story in Dietrich’s former hometown was a nice touch, but more then-and-now details would have been appreciated. I really liked that we had the chance to see the characters from the first two releases and had the opportunity to meet Sebastian Morrigan and Marcus Deacon, who will be featured with Paulie in the next release. The biggest thing I liked about this one was the chance to see more into the world of the spirit wolves and the ferals and that we got some answers to questions that had been dangling for awhile. But as expected, it opened up even more questions with the introduction of a now indentified bad guy. I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book. 

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