Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Lord of the Wolfyn: The Royal House of Shadows, bk 3 by Jessica Andersen
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Prince Dayn, was the rebellious second son of the king of Elden. As the Forestal, it was his responsibility to keep the surrounding forest safe and patrol for potential invaders. He was shirking that duty at the moment. He was trying to free himself from the anger he was feeling after the latest reminder from his parents concerning his duty to marry well. He was riding his stallion recklessly through the forest when he spies a mythical Wolfen. He thought they had all been eradicated eons ago during the bloody wars. Just as he was about to deliver a death blow, Dayn is pulled into a magical vortex. There he learns his parents are dying and Elden’s castle has been taken by the Blood Sorcerer. His dying parents magic has inadvertently flung him into the realm of the Wolfen to await the guide who will lead him back to Elden to avenge the massacre. There he waits, amidst beings who despise all blood drinkers.
Alfreda Weston was in a dark place. Her inability to overcome her fear and react to a crazed gunman had lead to her partner’s death. Her career as a police officer was in question, as well as her mental health. Being brought up as a military brat, duty, bravery and honor were ingrained in her. After the death of her mother, her father and brother’s increased the pressure on Reda to meet there stringent standards. She never could. When she finds the book her mother had given her as a child, it gives her something else to focus on. The book, Rutakoppchen (Red Riding Hood) and the Woodsman in the story became an obsession. However when she is pulled into the story, she believes she has finally proven her father coreect and lost her mind.
I can hardly convey my excitement when I started this book. I am an avid fan of the series and Jessica Andersen. It started off wonderfully. Dayn was deliciously dark and rebellious. The writing and story was beyond my expectations. I was in paranormal heaven…..and then Reda happened. It was like being given a cute, impossible to find Kate Spade purse and finding a bloody scab inside. I was that disappointed. I know I am notoriously hard on heroines, so I put a lot of effort in trying to give Freda the benefit of the doubt. Alas, I could find nothing laudable about her character. I appreciate human flaws and foibles in characters, but some actions are inexcusable. Cowardice, especially repeated acts of cowardice, are inexcusable for me. She did give a pathetic attempt at redemption towards the end, but by that time I was screaming for “thinning of the herd”. Keely, Dayn’s Wolfen ex-lover was a much better heroine option. I really wished I had been able to get over my revulsion for this character, because the rest of the book was really good and a commendable addition to the series.