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Of Wolves and Wardens (Once in Whispering Wood) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B093MJ8DC7
- Publisher : FireWyrm Books (July 10, 2021)
- Publication date : July 10, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4446 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 380 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,971 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read the Moonfire Bride and SunFire King stories prior to this, so I was very familiar with the world where this story took place. It was wonderful to return to it! It’s a land where humans, fae, witches and werewolves all exist. While not required to enjoy this book, those two books explain some of Brielle’s backstory and how she became so familiar with the Whispering Woods, so make sure you check them out!
Brielle had to pledge seven years of service to her grandmother in exchange for saving her life (that sets up the family dynamics here nicely – who’s grandma DOES that, anyway?) and werewolf Dire is already in her service for reasons unknown. Within moments of starting the story, we find out that Brielle is being forced into the role of the huntress at her grandmother’s bidding, hunting magical creatures that may, or may not have been human beings at one time…
I really enjoyed that the heroine and hero of this story were not your typical ‘fainting maiden’ and ‘alpha male’. The two of them didn’t trust each other at first, but needed to work together to overcome magical compulsions, curses and to see the deeper value in one another.
This is a standalone and fully resolved story. I’m a recent discoverer of this author’s work – and I already can’t wait for her next book!
There were some inconsistencies like an apple dropped to the ground that's somehow pulled from her tunic minutes later, and there's a light show reminiscent of the 1991 Disney movie (and the Shrek mocking of it) right down to the orifices, and Brielle's now and arrows keep being available even when she broke one or presumably dropped them here or there when she was snatched from a deadly situation -- it's almost like she had some latent magic to restore them to her possession, or they're like Lugh's shepherd walking stick (Mercy Thompson's experience of it) and always nearby or something. But small continuity quibbles and references to other stories didn't mess up what was overall a very enjoyable book.
Mercedes writing is like brain candy. I can't get enough. Her prose is just gorgeous and I ate up the whole book in two days. This book in particular is now one of my favorites alongside the Moonfire Bride duology.
Brielle is fierce and strong in all the right ways. Dire is also just *chef's kiss*. I couldn't get enough of them together.
Overall, I loved this addition to the story. It's amazing. If you love:
This is the book for you.
I felt that this book had a good pace it didn’t linger too long on one thing before moving onto what was next. Or at least I felt that everything that was included was necessary for the stories conclusion.
This story reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood. Little red riding hood being Brielle, the wolf being Dire, and the grandmother being Granny Dorrel. When a werebeast becomes free of their service, Granny believes they need to be eliminated. Granny wants Brielle to be her huntress, going about hunting werebeasts and other monsters, finding ingredients, and helping her with other odds and ends. When Dire ends his years of service, Granny sends Brielle on the hunt.
I absolutely adored each and every moment of this book! It wasn’t predictable, it made me wonder what was going to happen next. I enjoy that’s how each of Sylvia Mercedes books are. They are well deserving of an amazing review! I was curious the more I went through the book whether this would be a full story or if it would continue. I’m happy to see it leaves off on a possibility of continuation. I hope this series keeps continuing!! Mother Ulla is really enjoyable to read how she helps out people in need!
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One thing I feel it is important to note. Throughout the story, there are repeated references to Brielle’s missing sister. Although this could be sequel bait, apparently, this sister’s story is covered in another of Ms Mercedes series. I enjoyed this book enough that I am willing to read this other series. I’m not sure how I feel having a stand alone story relying on backstory from another series for full understanding of what is going on.