Hello, fellow bookworms. Today I’m sharing my thoughts about Season of the Wolf by Maria Vale. Book 4 in her bestselling series, The Legend of All Wolves. My thanks to the publisher – Sourcebooks Casablanca – for sending me a pre-publication copy to review.
Read: 4th – 17th August 20120
Publication Date: 25th August 2020
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
Quote from Season of the Wolf
“Humans see power as a licence for self-indulgence. For wolves, power means responsibility.”
What’s Season of the Wolf about?
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Title: Season of the Wolf by Maria Vale
Series: The Legend Of All Wolves #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 25 August, 2020
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 320
In a world of danger and uncertainty, the Alpha has enough to worry about without him...
For Alpha Evie Kitwanasdottir, things are never easy. The Great North Pack has just survived a deadly attack. Evie is determined to do whatever is necessary to keep her Pack safe, especially from the four Shifters who are their prisoners.
Constantine lost his parents and his humanity on the same devastating day. He has been a thoughtless killer ever since. When Constantine is moved to live under Evie's watchful eye, he discovers that taking directions and having a purpose are not the same thing.
Each moment spent together brings new revelations to Constantine, who begins to understand the loneliness of being Alpha. He finds strength and direction in helping Evie, but there is no room for a small love in the Pack, so Constantine must work harder than ever to prove to Evie he is capable of a love big enough for the Great North Pack itself.
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Maria Vale’s unique werewolf series The Legend of all Wolves is set in the modern world. The beautifully, wild Adirondack Mountains of Northern America to be precise. The Great North Pack are the werewolves that live there, hidden from humans. I feel that the books in this unique series are closer to the urban fantasy genre than a classic paranormal romance due to their grittiness and some of the content.
So, what did I like about Season of the Wolf?
I’m already a fan of Maria’s writing style and this series. Her stories are amazingly easy to read while feeling graceful and full bodied. The books in this series are unlike any I’ve read before. They feel intelligent, well-researched and I really enjoy her prose. The way she weaves known wolf behaviours, Norse mythology and archaic languages into her tales are inspirational.
Season of the Wolf is a unique treasure.
Season of the Wolf is told from the dual perspectives of our protagonists. Evie Kitwanasdottir is the Alpha of the Great North Pack. Constantine was one of August’s shifters who attacked them and is now a captive.
Those of you who have read my reviews before will know that I enjoy a story more when the female protagonist displays certain traits. Especially intelligence, resilience, and independence. As Alpha, Evie must be all of these and more. She’s the Pack’s protector, their strength, they all look to her for everything! And she sacrifices everything for them. I loved learning what it truly means to be a pack Alpha and the insights into wolf behaviour. Evie’s inner dialogue and the way Constantine evolved was enlightening. Both characters exhibiting the personality traits that I love protagonists to have. The growth of Evie’s and Constantine’s trust and feelings for each other was also heart-warming to read.
I love how the difference between what it means to be a werewolf, or a shifter is highlighted in this book.
The concept that the werewolves in this series are born wolf pups, must learn how to wear a human “skin” but embrace the fact they’re wolves, while the shifters do everything to suppress their wolf and be “better” than the animal inside each of them. I really enjoyed watching how this variance played out in this book.
I was so involved in this story, that emotion came easily while reading it.
Season of the Wolf had me digging deep. I was on the edge of my seat during some pretty realistic fight scenes. Full of horrified indignation at some blatant injustices and brutal bullying behaviour too. However, there’s enough beauty and gentle humour to balance all that out.
I enjoyed not knowing how, or if, Maria would resolve the treads in this book. I couldn’t help but keep reading one more page to find out to find out what would happen next.
I’m happy to confirm that there is no life-or-death situation type cliffhanger at the end of this book. Woop!Woop! (‘cause you all know how I feel a about cliffhangers.) The series could be left there, however, I’m hoping that Maria has more stories to share with us about the Great North Pack.
Was there anything I disliked about it?
I rated this book 5-stars because I wouldn’t change a thing.
There are some brutally harsh aspects in this story that are hard to read. However, it all plays an important role in the overall appreciation of the book and the world that Maria has created.
Season of the Wolf is the latest book in The Legend of all Wolves series. But don’t panic. Maria weaves any important information seamlessly into this tale. Having said that, please bear in mind that a lot has happened in the previous books. You may miss the subtle nuances of knowing the existing characters and understanding the dynamics of Pack relationships and hierarchy if reading this as a standalone title.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this book and didn’t want to stop reading.
Season of the Wolf ticked all my boxes, it has everything that I look for in a 5-star story. Breath-taking action scenes, an array of well-written characters with credible personalities, a little humour and, of course, love and romance. It even had a sprinkling of hot passionate sex scenes.
This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.
I’d recommend Season of the Wolf to adults who enjoy stories centred on relationships – both family and romantic. Especially those who love paranormal and urban fantasy adventures with some darker themes.
This series is a unique spin on werewolf tales and feels so much more believable than the majority of paranormal romances. I’m completely invested in the Great North Pack and the characters I’ve met so far.
The Legend of all Wolves series is an unexpected find and I can’t recommend the books enough.
Has my review of SEASON OF THE WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES #4) has encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing series and its author.
The Legend Of All Wolves Series by Maria Vale
This unique werewolf series is set in the modern world. The beautifully, wild Adirondack Mountains of Northern America to be precise. The Great North Pack live there, hidden from humans, but it’s not just people that they have to be wary of.
Books in the Series
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- The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #1) (2018)
- A Wolf Apart (The Legend of All Wolves #2) (2018)
- Forever Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #3) (2019)
- Season of the Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #4) (Due 25th August 2020)
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