Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Wolf’s Destiny

Title: The Wolf’s Destiny
Author: R. F. Long
Publisher: self published
Publisher URL: www.smashwords.com
ISBN: none listed
Genre: {M/F} Fantasy Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

In the wild north, Jeren and Shan have made a life with his people, but the land of Jeren’s birth…her heritage is still exerting a pull on her. Refugees are streaming into their home camp daily and when one of these people tries to kill her and fails, killing others, Jeren knows she can no longer stand idly by. She must fight her brother, Gilliad. Now.  

Shan has his own problems. He’s worried about losing his wife and he’s struggling against the dark magical forces threatening to overtake him. It doesn’t seem to matter what they do, they’re being driven farther and farther apart. When Jeren makes the decision to fight against her brother, Shan makes a mistake that will alter all their lives. The destiny they hoped for is changed but is it forever? Can they somehow change it back? Can they still be together? 

The Wolf’s Destiny is book three in R. F. Long’s A Tale of the Holtlands.  I read the first two books when they were released but it’s been two years since the second and I admit that I initially had trouble remembering who the characters were. So, not only should the books be read in order but if it’s been a while since you’ve read The Wolf’s Sister (published through another source), I think you’ll find it beneficial to re-read it first. 

The book starts off rather slowly with a scene out of everyday life, and Jeren and Shan trying to unsuccessfully slip away to spend time together. Within a few pages Jeren’s duty to her ancestral people interferes and the action picks up with an assassination attempt where several people are killed. From this point on, the overall pace of the story doesn’t let up but speeds ever faster towards the end. But getting there isn’t easy. Jeren, Shan and a vast number of secondary characters (some good and others bad) fight their way across country on the way to Jeren’s ancestral land and her tyrannical brother. 

There are plenty of twists and turns in this entertaining and complicated story. And when I said lots of secondary characters I wasn’t kidding. It seems like with every new chapter somebody (or something) else was being introduced or brought back into the story. Truthfully, at times the constant flow of people (creatures) got confusing. I really liked how the author took the magical ability of both Jeren and Shan and made it stronger and more intense, changing them into a force to be reckoned with. I did enjoy getting to see more of Ariah and Shan’s brother, Indarin.  

After all of the changes in Jeren and Shan, and their circumstances, I wasn’t certain things would work out for them but the author managed to realistically get them back together. I was satisfied with the ending…that this couple had a happily-ever-after, but I was left wondering if this was the end of their story, or whether there might be another book in the future. Unfortunately at the time of this writing, the author’s website was unavailable, so I don’t know if another book is planned or not.

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