This is my first Pamela Palmer Feral Warrior’s novel and, yes, I started it in the middle of the series.
This is the story of Keiran the Fox and Melisande the Illiana. Kieran is excited when he gets to be the Fox in the band of elite feral warriors, but his excitement and pleasure are dampened when he arrives at Feral House to find that all is not well in the Feral world. There are multiple animal spirits that have emerged and some of them are new and not quite right. Before they can really get to the bottom of the story, Kara, the radiant spirit, is kidnapped and spirited out of the mental, spiritual, and physical reach of her mate and other warriors. Clearly it’s the mages at work, and the good spirits set out in groups to look for Kara. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Fox has found his mate and in his long life where women threw themselves at him, his mate is resistant to his charm.
In a well-written story the author explores the relationship between the deeply damaged Melisande and Fox. Both resist the mating. Melisande because of her history with shape shifting jaguar warriors at whose hands she suffered terrible abuse that has colored her life and history and caused her to commit heinous acts in revenge. The light-hearted, fair-weather Fox has to work at a relationship for the first time. He’s undergoing his own issues as he navigates the traps that have been set for the feral warriors by the mages. At the same time he is beset with memories of the previous fox spirits and how they were captured and tortured into giving up some of the feral secrets.
In their quest to find the radiant, Melisande and Fox are separated from their companions and find themselves participants in a macabre set of games a la Hunger Games style. They gradually proceed forward from scenario to scenario until they are rescued from an unexpected source. With each trap that they successfully emerge from, their relationship also gradually moves forward, building trust.
I truly want to go backward and read some of the stories and find out more about the couples I met in this book and I definitely want to continue with this series moving forward.
The newest member of the elite Feral Warriors brotherhood, Fox is eager to prove himself on the frontlines of battle against the Daemons. When paired with the legendary Ilina warrior, Melisande, he expects the fierce beauty to quickly fall under the spell of his quite considerable charm. Instead, he finds himself spellbound by a woman who’s his match in every way.
Beneath Melisande’s brittle exterior lies centuries of pain and a violent hatred of all shape-shifters–a hatred that slowly crumbles after they’re caught in a deadly and cunning Mage trap and she glimpses a surprising depth in her far-too-seductive partner. Their survival demands unconditional trust–and their salvation surrender to a wild, untamed love.
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