"Lord of the Wolfyn" by Jessica Andersen is the third tale in the ` Royal House of Shadows" quartet. The Kingdom of Elden was devastated through the machinations of the evil Blood Sorcerer and the scions of the royal family were flung to safety by the last desperate acts of their parents. The critical spell was warped and tied the four children to a countdown that will require them to return to the castle at a predestined time which will give them four days to retake the castle and save the kingdom and incidentally, their very lives. Prince Dayn was transported to the world of the wolfyn, traditional enemies who were said to be able to shape-shift and has bided his time in their world awaiting the guide that he has been promised. Reda Weston is a policewoman who has eerie memories of a mother and special tales involving an unusual book. Overcoming the tragedies of her childhood, Reda has suppressed many of those memories but the trauma of losing her police partner through her own inaction has caused her to doubt herself once again. The book returns to her possession at a time when she is having odd dreams and jogs her memory until it facilitates her trip through a vortex which causes her to meet Dayn. Their adventures force her to realize that her mother had attempted to prepare her for a critical task but will her attraction to the mysterious male whom she somehow feels she already knows overcome her fears? Only by working together will they find a way to return to the Kingdom of Elden to try to overthrow its evil ruler.
An interesting read filled with intriguing characters who are placed in circumstances well beyond their control. The complicated backstory would probably benefit from one having read the first two in the series, "Lord of the Vampires" by Gena Showalter and "Lord of Rage" by Jill Monroe. The series will culminate with Nalini Singh's "Lord of the Abyss". Reda is a bit too fragile and frequently helpless for my tastes and some of the healing scenes strain incredulity but there are nice sensual interludes and vivid fight scenes. There are also interesting secondary stories that are touched upon so there is room for additional tales in this imaginative series.
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out…
For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of “Little Red Riding Hood” catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man…
Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength. Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda’s heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.
In the Royal House of Shadows series:
Book I: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter (September 2011)
Book II: Lord of Rage by Jill Monre (October 2011)
Book III: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen (November 2011)
Book IV: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh (December 2011)