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- Print Length: 162 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626497508
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- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BYF6F7J
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I LOVE IT!!!
Veier is so deserving of all the happiness he got after being a slave for years. I love how their love grew up with time!
The plot revolves around bear shifter Veier, who has spent five years magically enslaved by an evil king. When his rule is overthrown by invaders, they aren’t sure what to do with Veier, since he has been abused to the point where he has descended into savagery. The king’s brother Elrid, a mage and healer, asks to have the opportunity to help Veier recover his human side and is given responsibility for his rehabilitation. Although the trauma he has experienced has damaged him, Veier does come to trust Elrid and begins to heal. As the two spend time together, deeper feelings start to grow, but what future is there for a prince and a damaged bear shifter?
Most of the story involves Veier overcoming the demons of his abuse. Veier basically has post-traumatic stress disorder; he reacts with violence when he feels threatened and suffers from night terrors. Elrid finds ways to help him, and Veier eventually returns the favor when Elrid is attacked by men who resent his brother's rule.
Their romantic relationship really doesn’t manifest until the final chapters, so readers who are looking for a book that foregrounds romance and sexy times might not be satisfied. For all the violence of Veier’s actions, this is really more of a sweet story of growing affection between two men.
It probably won’t be to everyone’s taste, but readers who enjoy books featuring shifters and hurt/comfort stories might want to give this book a try.
A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.
This was such a beautiful story, sort of an adult fairy tale, but please don’t think that that means it was without substance, because it did, it had it in spades. I captured a feeling reading this book that I haven’t felt since being a child and first developed a love of reading. The story took me away to somewhere old and magical and I was completely enveloped in this strange land. What I got was wonderful tale of friendship and love in a magnificent setting. I hadn’t read this author before and it’s only the second shifter book I’ve picked up but I’ll definitely be looking at more of the author’s works in the future. I love the feeling this book gave me and I was utterly enchanted all the way through.
This fantasy world appealed to me because while it was fantasy it was also familiar. There were knights and kings and mages and castles and all kinds of other delicious medieval things. Just with some shifters thrown into the mix. However, much of the story is spent in the confines of one room of the castle, where Elrid keeps Veier locked away while attempting to prove to the king that Veier is not the out of control animal he appears to be.
I’ll admit, it took me a while to like this story. Actually, the story was fine. It took me a while to like Elrid, was the problem. I wanted to like the guy. After all, he was one of the main characters. But the way he kept using his magic against Veier, someone who was already traumatized after being controlled by magic for five years…what an ass, right? But eventually, once he realizes the errors of his ways, well then I could like him and applaud them as a couple.
Veier, well I liked our poor abused bear right from the start. I was so angry about the way he was being treated by the people who had “rescued” him that at one point I was kinda cheering for him to rip of Elrid’s head then go find himself a nice bear to fall in love with. But like I said, Elrid sorted his shit out, and became an acceptable love interest for our angry grizzly. The confusion and anger and helplessness that Veier was experiencing was so…well, I won’t say realistic, because, you know…bear shifter. But the author did a great job of moving through a whole range of emotions to demonstrate Veier’s instability.
There really wasn’t much romance here, but that was okay. That worked, I think. Veier was in no state to be thinking of love or even lust really, and while the author used the growing connection between them to hasten along Veier’s recovery, there was no miraculous “love fix”. And if you’re hanging out for a sex scene, well you’ll be waiting right till the very end of the book.
If you’re a lover of Arthurian-type fantasy worlds with a nice, slow build to the romance, then this book should be just the thing for you.
Original review posted on Love Bytes Reviews
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