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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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A fantasy world of humans and shapeshifters, DyrWolf by Kat Kinney is sure to leave you craving for more and I can’t wait for book #2 in this beautifully crafted tale of age-old enmities and loyalties.
Humans and werewolves, there has been slaughter, there has been war, many have died but there are still many more who have been taken, prisoners. The first chapter of the story confused me, couldn’t really understand what in the world was going on, but by chapter 2, the story begins to take shape and Lea just walks into the reader’s mind. There are things about her that have made her the “different” one in the village, her headaches sometimes blinding her to the point of losing vision and consciousness for days altogether.
The first part of the story focuses on Lea and Henrik, their fights, and banter, both of them suspicious about the other, keeping secrets and hiding truths. Henrik has an easy charm that flusters Lea and makes her notice him as a person rather than a trickster with a bushy tail who has been haunting her dreams. I liked that there is no instant love between them, the warmth and love develop gradually, it is the second part however that the action begins with most of the cards on the table. As cruelties surface and loyalties are questioned, Lea also has the tough task to face a stark truth about herself and save her best friend Simon from the clutches of the werewolves. As the political machinations emerge between the two sides, numerous characters are introduced and the story takes an interesting turn towards intrigue and suspense.
The story is brilliantly narrated as lies upon lies are revealed and the twisty surprises keep the reader on tenterhooks. Each character has been fleshed out well, and the cliff-hanger ending adds to the anticipation for the next book in the series.
Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy!
Lea Wylder has spent so long hunting werewolves that now one is stalking her in her sleep. In the unforgiving forests of the north, shape-shifting wolves have enslaved the sole human city for hundreds of miles, driving survivors up into the mountains. When Lea tracks a shifter and finds him caught in a trap, she’s convinced he’s the white wolf from her dreams. Not that it matters. He’s one of them. And they’re at war.
But as Lea pulls back the bowstring, Henrik shifts to human and begs her not to shoot. By name. But how could he possibly know her? In twenty years, the wolves have never crossed the river over to their side.
Injured and unable to walk, Henrik needs Lea’s help to get back home. If he could be turned against the pack, it could change the course of the war. But first there’s the small problem of returning him to the wolves—without getting caught.
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