“Hunter Forsaken” by Nancy Corrigan continues the ‘Wild Hunt’ series and gives an intriguing look at the machinations taking place around the Huntsmen even as it reveals more about the bond between the newest member of the pack and the third in command of those Huntsmen who have not been lost to insanity after their years of torture. I am always relieved by the successes as one by one, the Huntsmen are able to finally get some peace and happiness, but confess to being a little overwhelmed by the multiplicity of threads that were addressed in this particular story. I suspect that part of the problem may be the length of time since I read the first book in the series and I think perhaps a list of characters would have helped familiarize me with the background and reminded me of the relationships.
The interaction between Tegan and Ian is sizzling and complex, but the forces attracting them are more than matched by those which threaten to tear them apart, especially given the miscommunication and misunderstanding which plagues them. I had trouble achieving a rapport with them or a warm sense of satisfaction with this story given the amount of angst flying around, especially with the unexpected revelations about so many of the secondary characters and their actions. I still enjoy the twists on so many of the conventions of mythology and look forward to learning more about the characters who haven’t had their time in the spotlight.
This sensual paranormal story details the bond that grows between Tegan, the smallest of the Huntsmen but one of the most powerful of the group, and Ian, the latest addition to the pack who is a human who was converted. Ian’s struggle against overwhelming rage and Tegan’s curse by the Triad is complicated by their relationship in their dreams but there are also other beings who have agendas that may destroy all that the Huntsmen have sacrificed so much to achieve.
A vow to the dead...the mark of the Hunt...a love with one chance to survive.
In the slice of a moment, Ian Callahan lost everything he cared about--a deed done by his own hand. He awakens on the edge of sanity, chained in his own personal hell. He is to be the newest rider in the Wild Hunt, if he can learn to control the rage and guilt that consume him.
Then...a whiff of vanilla. The face of a lover he's seen only in his dreams. He doesn't know her name, only that she stirs the hungry beast within him.
For a millennium, Tegan and her sibling riders of the Wild Hunt were imprisoned, suffering under a curse meant for the Unseelie Court. Though her body is free, she carries the curse with her--and the additional burden of finally knowing the name of her destined mate. A human named Ian Callahan.
He's her Trojan horse, the only one who can heal her heart. Just one last challenge stands in the way of claiming each other, once and for all. Failure means facing eternity the incomplete halves of a whole.
Warning: Contains a hero who's more than just the total...package. And a daughter of the Underworld who thought she knew what Hell was...until she fell in love. Boundaries of monogamy pushed, pulled, stretched--but never broken.