The third in what is presumably a four part series (Royal House of Shadows), the Lord of the Wolfyn was interesting. I have said a number of times in the reviews of the first installments that it feels like there are too many cooks with respect to this series and that sntiment holds true here more then in installment number two. This one, however, also suffered from some intranet-disjointedness too. I will explain…
Dayn realizes that he is in the Wolfynm realm. When Reda lands there from the vortex she notes some strange juxtaposition of clothing and weapons. And later in the story Dayn admits to havingtroublewith the human speech. Wile Dayn provides the info explaining the travel between realms there is little consistency of the characters when it comes to having this issues. And Reda accepts the change in reality a little too easily but then she also is reminded of her own world and her situation in it at random and inconsistent times.
In this installment we deal with Dayn and what happened as a result of his parents’ spell and the way that the Blood Sorcerer’s activities made it go awry. And we get Reda who was a cop but was too Fraid to act and as a result her partner was killed. But, somewhere in her past her mother told some story about red riding hood and the woodsman. But much of that part of the story is ignored. It’s used as a device to get her into the realm but then is succinctly discarded and ignored. I would have liked to have seen more of how this played a part – that is, it would have been nice if it wasn’t summarily discarded. She’s not a whIney female like we so often see in this genre but she’s not portrayed (at least in the beginning) as a very string character either. Dayn does provide strength to her without being an overpowering cave man type. So that made her easier to deal with and him very likable.
As far as this series goes there has been a decent balance of steam across installments. And the relationship development and dialogue is typical for the PNR genre (ultra quick coupling and some steamy love scenes with little to base a relationship on other than some distant dreams or something similar).
After reading the first three, I a really interested in the fourth since there is no closure on the overall story arc. In fact we are left with what really comes across as a cliff hanger in this installment. Leaving all the details of the overall story arc for settlement in what must be the fourth installment. And the overthrow of the blood sorcerer is an interesting idea and part of what has kept me reading this series. I am a little worried that wall the closure will be jammed into the last book and the disjointed plot and complexities of the story will be too overwhelming for one author and one book.
I did mention in my review of the second installment that I would have re-ordered these if it were up to me, but, alas… it was not up to me. Given the way each of the first three books ended, it would have made so much more sense if this were #2, if Lord of Rage were #1 and Lord of the Vamps were #3. I also think it would not have felt so disjointed and disorderly. Makes me wonder whether the authors decided the order of the publishers. And if it was the authors – couldn’t the publishers have made the ladies come to their senses? I am confused now where we are and who is actually back in the kingdom of Elden and who isn’t. And, what the heck the deal is with the timeline. I think better ordering of the series would have helped make all of these even better reads (certainly the first would have been better – because on a re-read after reading 2 and 3, it makes so much more sense to me now and I have a much higher opinion of it then I did after the first read!)
I liked this one well enough that I will likely look for other works by this author. Although that drives home the disappointment with the firstqinstallment even further since I like Showalter already and was really let down by her installment in this series. More to come so more for me too look forward to reading.