Flora Reviews… Forever Wolf by Maria Vale. Book 3 in her wonderfully unique urban fantasy series, The Legend of All Wolves.
Read: 2nd – 9th March 2019
Publication Date: 26th March 2019
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
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.”
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 about a pack of werewolves who live in modern America. The Great North Pack remain hidden from the human world in the Adirondack Mountains. Forever Wolf is closer to being urban fantasy rather than paranormal romance due to its grittiness and some of the content.
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
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…
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So, what did I like about it?
I’m already a fan of Maria Vale’s books. Her stories are intelligent, graceful and feel professionally researched while being amazingly easy to read. I love her prose and the way she weaves known wolf behaviours, Norse mythology, and archaic languages into her tales.
The books in this series are unlike any I’ve read before. I love the concept that Maria’s are born wolf cubs and must learn how to wear a human “skin”. Learning how to fit in with the human world rather than being humans who have an animal within. A beast, animal spirit or voice/presence inside that they morph into. A second nature that, as a human, they must resist and fight against.
Our female protagonist, Varya Timursdottir is a werewolf from an extinct pack that inhabited an island the Arctic sea. After being taken in by the Great North Pack when she was younger, she’s earned her position of Alpha Shielder of the 12th Echelon. Varya has all the personality traits that I look for: Intelligence, resilience, and independence. Despite her feelings of still being an outsider, she is loyal to the Pack. She’s got plenty of gumption as well as a cool wit (albeit unknowingly), a big heart and has a fierce fighting spirit.
My emotions came thick and fast reading Forever Wolf. There are explicit sex scenes in this story, however Maria writes them with soul. Lending us 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. I laughed, cried, and howled at the moon with them.
Forever Wolf caught me by surprise with some of the twists and turns peppered throughout the story. However, I’m happy to confirm that there’s no life-or-death cliffhanger at the end. Woop!Woop! (‘cause you know how I feel a about cliffhangers).
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I rated this book 5 stars because I wouldn’t change a thing. Even the more harsh aspects of this story that are hard to read, played an important role to the overall appreciation of the book.
This is book 3 in The Legend of all Wolves series. However, don’t panic if you haven’t read the previous books. Maria weaves any pertinent 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 nuances of knowing the existing characters and understanding the dynamics of Pack relationships and hierarchy reading Forever Wolf as a standalone title.
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. It’s packed with adventure, mystery, action, great characters, a little humour and even a sprinkling of romance.
The series could be left here, however, I’m hoping that Maria has more stories to share with us about the Great North Pack.
Forever Wolf contains graphic violence, sexual content and darker themes. Therefore I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this nature.
I’d recommend Forever Wolf to readers who enjoy urban fantasy adventures centred on relationships – both family and romantic.
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.
I hope my review of FOREVER WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES #3) has encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the series and Maria herself.
- 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 August 2020)
Buy The Legend of All Wolves series in print, ebook and audio formats from all the usual retailers, including:
Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ The Book Depository ¦ Audible ¦
Maria Vale is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world. Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don’t really need it.
Maria currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants.
No one will let her have a pet.
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Thank you for taking the time to read my review of Forever Wolf. To read other posts I’ve written about The Legend of All Wolves series, click HERE.