Forever Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #3) by Maria Vale
Read: 2nd – 9th March 2019
Publication Date: 26th March 2019
Quote from Forever Wolf
“The wolves of the Great North have been spoiled by peace. They don’t know what it is like to be truly hunted. I am here to make sure they never do.”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
So what’s this book about?
Forever Wolf is the third novel (approx 352 pages) in Maria Vale’s unique werewolf series The Legend of all Wolves.
Our story is set in the modern world – the Adirondack Mountains of Northern America to be precise – and features the Great North Pack, the werewolves that live there, hidden from view. I feel that Forever Wolf is closer to the urban fantasy genre than a classic paranormal romance due to its grittiness and some of the content within its pages.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is…Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own.
Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world…or perhaps, the beginning…
With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack’s survival, side by side and heart to heart…
I would just like to add that although this is book 3 in The Legend of all Wolves series, don’t panic if you haven’t read the previous books because Ms Vale weaves any pertinent information seamlessly into this tale. Having said that, please bear in mind that a lot has happened in the previous books and you may miss the nuances of knowing the existing characters and understanding the dynamics of Pack relationships and hierarchy if reading Forever Wolf as a standalone title.
So, what did I like about it?
I am already a fan of Ms Vale’s writing style; her stories are very easy to read and feel graceful and full bodied. The books in this series are unlike any I’ve read before; I think that her stories are intelligent and feel 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. Forever Wolf is a unique treasure.
Forever Wolf is told from first person point of view by our main female lead, Varya Timursdottir, who is a werewolf from a long dead pack that inhabited an island the Arctic sea and has earned her position of Alpha Shielder of the 12th Echelon of the Great North Pack since being taken in by them when she was younger. Those of you who have read my reviews before will know that I enjoy a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and independent, i.e. able to stand on her own two feet, I wasn’t disappointed here; Varya was all of these and more, despite her feelings of still being an outsider she is definitely loyal to the Pack and she’s got plenty of gumption as well as a cool wit (albeit unknowingly), a big heart and has a fierce fighting spirit.
I love the concept that the werewolves in this series are born wolf cubs and have to learn how to wear a human “skin” and fit in with the human world rather than humans who have an animal beast within themselves, or animal spirit, a voice/presence in their head and a second being that they morph into that they resist and/or fight and I really enjoyed watching how this variance was played out in this book.
I was so involved in the story, that emotions came easily while reading it; I was on the edge of my seat during the fight scenes, full of horrified indignation at the blatant injustices, shed a few tears at the sad scenes, had a smile on my face with the subtle humour and a lump in my throat at the more romantic scenes. There are explicit sex scenes in this story but the way Ms Vale writes them – lending us the insights into the principles of wolf pack behaviour, Varya’s inner dialogue and the growth of Eyulf and Varya’s trust and feelings for each other – made it all the more heart-warming to read.
I enjoyed the twists and turns that Ms Vale sprinkled throughout her tale and liked the fact I wasn’t ever really sure how, or if, she would resolve things. I couldn’t help but keep reading one more page to find out to find out what would happen next. I am 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) and the series could be left there, however, I’m hoping that Ms Vale has more stories to share with us about the Great North Pack.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I rated this book 5stars because I wouldn’t change a thing; even the more harsh aspects of this story that are harder to read, played an important role to the overall appreciation of the book.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this book. Forever Wolf has everything that I look for in a 5 star story; adventure, some mystery, action, great characters, a little humour and even a sprinkling of romance.
Due to the violence and sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who enjoy urban fantasy adventures centred on relationships – both family and romantic – 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 am 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.
So, I hope my review of FOREVER WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES #3) has encouraged you to find out more? Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or to find out more about the author.