Flora Reviews… The Last Wolf by Maria Vale. Her debut novel that kicks off her urban fantasy series, The Legend of all Wolves. My thanks to the publisher – Sourcebooks Casablanca – for sending me a pre-publication copy to review.
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Title: The Last Wolf by Maria Vale
Series: The Legend of All Wolves #1
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Formats Available: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes
No. of Pages: 284
Purchase Links:Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible
For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.
If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. But if she stays…
Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…
The Last Wolf is the fantastic début novel from Maria Vale. It kicks off her new 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. The Last Wolf is closer to the urban fantasy genre than a classic paranormal romance. It’s full of grittiness and some darker content.
Read: 17th – 21st December 2017
As a début author, I was very impressed with Ms Vale’s writing style; it felt graceful, full bodied and very easy to read. I thought that the story itself was intelligent and felt well researched and I enjoyed her prose; the way she weaves known wolf behaviours, Norse mythology and archaic languages into her tale is inspiring. The Last Wolf is an unexpected find.
I liked that Ms Vale used a prologue to give us a glimpse of the history of her werewolves. The world that they came from and the fundamental difference between werewolves and shapeshifters. Then she takes us to modern day America where The Great North pack now lives.
The Last Wolf is unlike any book I’ve read before. It’s told from a first person point of view by our main female lead, werewolf Quicksilver Nilsdottir. She was born a runt with a crippled leg and is destined to be a nidling – a bond servant to the Alpha pair. Those of you who’ve 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. Silver (Sil) was all of these and more. Despite her lowly social position in her pack, she’s got gumption, a cool wit, loyalty and a big heart. Silver has spirit.
I enjoyed the way that this werewolf story is told. Beings that are born wolf cubs and have to learn how to wear a human “skin”. They have to learn how to fit in with the human world. Usual shifter tales have 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.
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 had a lump in my throat at the more romantic scenes. There are explicit sex scenes in this story. However the way Ms Vale wrote them made it more heart-warming than sensationalism. Lending us the insights into the principles of wolf pack behaviour, Silver’s heart and the growth of Tiberius and Silver’s trust and feelings for each other.
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 turning the page to find out to find out what would happen next. As a first in series, I was bracing myself for the inevitable cliffhanger. However I’m happy to confirm that there’s 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). I’m looking forward to finding out where Ms Vale takes us in book 2.
No. I wouldn’t change a thing. Even the more unpalatable, harsh aspects of this story that are harder to read, played an important role.
I really loved this book. The Last Wolf has everything that I look for in a 5 star book; adventure, a bit of mystery, some action, great characters, a little humour and even a sprinkling of romance.
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 The Last Wolf to adults who are fans of paranormal fantasy stories. Lovers of relationship drama – both family and romantic – with some darker themes. I posted an excerpt from The Last Wolf on my blog on 22nd December 2017. Click here to read it yourself.
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The expected publication date is 6th February 2018. However, you can pre-order THE LAST WOLF through the usual retailers.
The Legend Of All Wolves Series
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
It’s never too late to get your teeth stuck into this bestselling series. Click to read my reviews or buy the books yourself!
- 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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