FINALLY!!! I can’t even express how long I’ve been waiting for this book. And then to think that I almost missed it when it was released last week. Naturally I devoured it and loved every single word.
This is what I felt like reading this story:
Jan DeLima has a way with words. Not just that, but it’s clear she’s putting a lot of thought behind her words as every sentence is very much to the point.
At the end of the first installment there was a battle where a Guardian was killed by Elen when she protected her family. This Guardian’s shifting ability was then transferred by Elen to Cormack, her best friend and companion for hundreds of years. Until that point, Cormack couldn’t shift and spent his life in his wolf form.
The entirety of Summer Moon (book 2) Cormack was in Avon, away from frustrated Elen, learning to use his human body.
And now, he’s freakin’ finally back in their Village. The only problem is he’s been back a while now but hasn’t been to see Elen, and that makes her anxious and worried. She’s afraid she’s done wrong by giving him the ability to shift.
While Cormack was in Avon, with Luc and Rosa, Pendaran, another Guardian, now in power, has been courting Elen. That was to be expected after her powers were revealed in the battle that gave Cormack his human body, but now Pendaran sent a final gift with specific instructions that make Dylan and Cormack very worried. This and other reasons lead Dylan to appoint Cormack as Elen’s personal guard.
At this point in the story my heart was thumping like crazy and I didn’t know whether I wanted to keep reading or drop it. I tend to get that way when I think angst is coming.
Their reunion was wonderful to say the least, and as the grow closer once again, their emotions and feelings are spoken. I was soaring. Seriously.
The story keeps on and I won’t reveal more of it, however – my feelings were all over the place with all that is happening.
There are several layers to the story at this point in the series, where in this installment Cormack and Elen’s tale take focus, and two others are told; the inside dealings between the Guardians – the politics, and then there’s Taliesin’s shenanigans. Throw in Merin (Elen’s mother) and the new surprising shifters, and the story can develop in a million different directions.
I loved that we got more insight into the village and the people there, their society’s intricacies and the couples from previous books. Also, Joshua better be getting his own book in the future because the kid is no kid anymore.
I think DeLima is the best PNR writer out there today. The Celtic Wolves is the number one series in this genre and this book is tied with the first book in the series as my favorite.
I’m giving this book 5 (million) stars.
One last thing – you want to read this series by order. It will make little sense otherwise.
The heart of a warrior, the soul of a wolf, and the desires of a man…
For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities.
Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever.Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes.
Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all…
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