Intentions shape it, emotions feed it, and from the caster’s hands it is set free. To disregard these basic laws of magick is the difference between manifesting a dragonfly or a dragon, a blessing or a curse.
Conceived in anger, bound to the moon, and carried by blood, the five men were cursed for all time. The sixth was an accident, an innocent, and the first ever curse-born.
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Deegan Volkov is a werewolf—a direct descendant of the first dark soul who’d committed the vile crime for which his ancestor and the other four had been cursed. It was his fate to suffer.
The monster that dwelt inside Deegan had always taken far more than it ever gave. So, when he was faced with yet another impossible choice, Deegan had known no other way. No other path had been open to him. But this last agonizing loss had been too much for his heart to bear, and he’d howled his pain and despair to an uncaring moon never expecting a miracle—or her.
How could Eva Azoulf exist? She was a female werewolf in a world where all the cursed were men and the very last of a bloodline reported to have died out nearly a century ago. She was an impossibility, one that Deegan’s wolf was set on claiming for himself. But the man in Deegan craved more than just her body. To heal his torn and tattered soul, he yearned to find a way to win her heart.
Review: Literary Titan
“Eva is isolated, and that is by her own choosing. She is the sole survivor of a lineage of werewolves. Avoiding others like herself and steering clear of humans, she has managed to keep away from everything posing a threat to her very being. Eva is strong and a force to be reckoned with. Deegan has met his match in Eva. A werewolf himself, he is not part of one of the most desirable clans. When forces beyond his control begin to rule him, he finds himself on the verge of giving in and giving up. Whether either of them realize it or not, Eva just might be the answer he didn’t know he was looking for.
The Fate of Wolves, by Tarrant Smith, is the second in The Legends of the Pale series. From cover to cover, Smith delivers insanely well-drawn characters and enough moments of levity to keep this paranormal romance moving along at a brisk pace. Never does Smith’s work lack. As the author bounces from one subplot to the next and back, she keeps readers on their toes and deeply involved with each of the main characters and their tragic lives.
Eva is simply amazing. Smith’s descriptions of both her wolf and human halves and how the two are often at odds is captivating. I am oddly fascinated by characters who choose to isolate themselves, and Eva is a prime example. There is so much to be explored in characters like Eva whose mental anguish is so tangible.
I would be remiss if I didn’t address Smith’s opening lines. It’s not often that I rave about the beginning of a book, but in this case it’s a must. From the first sentence, Smith had me hooked. I am not always one to pick a fantasy, but when I do, I lean toward those with characters who shape-shift. There comes with these characters a certain fascination that I don’t get with those in other fantasy novels. The mere mention of werewolves is enough to catch my eye, but Smith snags readers like me from the opening paragraph when she states that werewolves are, indeed, not mythical.
Smith has a unique take on settings. She places her clan in present day. At first, I was a bit taken aback, but I realized as I read that it completely works. It’s not the fact that their human halves are technologically savvy that makes or breaks a book of this genre, it was the inner turmoil of characters like these that makes them timeless.
Anyone who enjoys down-to-earth main characters in their fantasy series will be taken with Deegan and Eva. The entire cast of characters created by Smith is deserving of readers’ adoration for that matter. Humor is a big part of Smith’s writing and adds to the depth of her characters. I highly recommend this book to readers across genres–it’s a must-read.“
Review: Readers’ Favorites
“The Fate of Wolves: The Legends of the Pale Series by Tarrant Smith is the story of Deegan Volkov, a werewolf descended from a cursed pack. He hates the wolf inside him and what it does to him but has no choice. He has lost a lot over the years. When he meets Eva Azoulf, another cursed wolf, he falls for her. There are no other cursed females and she might be the one who can save him. The story moves between the two of them, both trying to co-exist as animals and people. They both seem lost and this draws them together.
Tarrant Smith has written an intriguing book with The Fate of Wolves. I love the mythology and the history of the wolves. Deegan seems like a tortured soul who strives to do good. The dialogue between them was entertaining and well written. A lone female werewolf isn’t a unique idea, there are other stories on the market with a similar theme, but I think this could do quite well with fans of those books. Having the dual sides to the story gave the reader a wider scope of what was going on too. The story was well written and it flowed well. It kept me reading. I enjoyed the interactions between Deegan and Eva. I think that this would do well in the paranormal romance category and in the supernatural category too. I would recommend it to fans of paranormal romance and supernatural stories in general.”
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