- File Size: 2216 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626497508
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BYF6F7J
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Velar is truly a bear, instincts of a bear, wonderful character that has suffered. The transformation to want a better life, to get back to who he was is a goal. But first he has to trust, to relearn how to talk, to use fingers instead of claws. Such an interesting look at how this bear, Velar, lost himself for years and is able to come back, one step at a time.
Elrid is the present king's brother, a mage and healer. He becomes Velar's guide and guard. They weren't truly enemies so I wouldn't say this was an enemies to lovers. No. Less is said about Elrid's character, much more is about Velar, but eventually both men become so close they share the same energy and heartbeat, that their concern for the other turns to caring, despite their differences. I wouldn't mind hearing more about these two and a more in-depth characterization of Elrid, this world, the peoples, and more about the bear shifters. Read on the Kindle Unlimited Program - Dan's Wife
It's not higher stars for a few reasons. The sex scene at the end just didn't feel natural, it felt tacked on. Though it was nice to get an epilogue I'm not sure that's what the book needed. The other reason was just... Not enough of the world building or the world. Most of the book seems to take place in one room and there's enough interesting mechanics and politics and magic implied in the world that it was a real shame it didn't get explored.
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.