Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen
Series: Royal House of Shadows #3
Source: Harlequin / netGalley
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four
royal heirs…and time is running out…
For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of “Little Red Riding Hood” catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man…
Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength. Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda’s heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.
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Thanks to Harlequin and netGalley for an advance copy of this novel!
The Royal House of Shadows series is an interesting endeavour. Four authors — Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, and Nalini Singh — got together and decided to write a four-part series, each tackling the story of one of four royal siblings: Nicolai, Breena, Dayn, and Micah.
The first book in the series, Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, was released in September, the second, Lord of Rage by Jill Monre, shortly thereafter. Lord of the Wolfyn is out now and the fourth book in the series, Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh, comes out in December. I love it when books in a series get released this quickly because I’m so impatient once I get hooked on a series!!
I’m a HUGE fan of Nalini Singh, and I’ve enjoyed all of the Gena Showalter books I’ve read. I’m not really a fan of Jessica Andersen’s Nightkeepers books but I figured this would be a good opportunity to give her work another shot.
Before I go any further, I should mention that I haven’t read the first two books in the series so I’m jumping into the middle of things without knowing what I was getting into. Thankfully, Jessica Andersen’s done a pretty good job of filling in the missing pieces from the outset. The gist of it is: the royal family of Elden was attacked by the Blood Sorcerer and the king and queen cast a spell to save their four children. The Blood Sorcerer’s magic warped their spell, forcing them all to return to the castle in the same four-day period, or lose Elden forever.
Dayn is the second son of the king and queen. A vortex took him to the land of the wolfyn, who are essentially werewolves. Dayn’s people are vampiric and have hunted the wolfyn who came to Elden so he’s been hiding his true identity for twenty years.
Reda’s from our world. She doesn’t believe in magic or supernaturals and finds herself more than a little discombobulated when she finds herself transported to the realm of the wolfyn.
Dayn and Reda are an interesting pair. Reda’s broken down at the start of Lord of the Wolfyn, stuck in a rut. Dayn’s stuck, but it’s more physical than emotional, since he’s waiting for a vortex to open up and take him back to his homeland. He’s also a little emotionally stunted, though he’s remains charming, particularly in Reda’s eyes.
Overall, I enjoyed their story, particularly Reda’s reactions to the new creatures and worlds she encounters. There was also a nice bit of action and adventure in the book, though not enough to balance out all the sex. There is A. LOT. OF. SEX. More sex than I tend to prefer in my books. For me, it really detracted from the story but I don’t think it would be as much of an issue for folks who are okay with racier pages.
I’m super excited about reading the final book in the series, Lord of the Abyss, since it’s by one of my favourite authors. Thankfully, I also have an e-galley of that story, courtesy of the lovely folks at Harlequin and netGalley!