This is one of those series which I started and, for no apparent reason that I can recall, stopped after the second book. Picking up this book allowed me to tune in and see how it all came together for the grand finale.
Right from the beginning it’s apparent that there is shared history between Wulfe and Natalie. I haven’t read the previous books, so I really appreciate how the author gradually pulled back the veil and allowed the reader to share in these events.
Of course, these are tense times. The Feral Warriors are under attack, they are losing their connection to their animal, their radiance is fading and, horror of horrors, it appears that the daemons and their leader Satanan might gain the upper hand. Yet there’s a strong bond of camaraderie between the women with their rituals, even if that means sending out one of the Ilinas to sunny California to pick up wine and strawberries. Wouldn’t that be fun if we could just poof ourselves anywhere in the world faster than we can think about it. The warriors remain bonded in brotherhood, despite one of their members is actually female.
The core of this book is Wulfe and how he straddles the various worlds. He is part daemon, which as he finds out isn’t necessarily all bad; he’s a shapeshifter with the ability to shift into a wolf; and he’s a warrior, but he’s also a man with the deep capacity to love, which lets Natalie make that connection to his heart and soul such that he’s able to mate with her even though he’s lost his first mate.
I find the chapter on Vivian, who picks up the daemon consciousness and visits Feral House with Strome, quite intriguing. The whole interaction is quite different, reminding me almost of a character with multiple personalities. It definitely advances the story forward very satisfactorily and it is a very novel approach. There are many other characters like Pink or Xavier that I also find intriguing and interesting, but since this is the last book in the series, I’m sad to see these threads just left there without a tidy closure. At the beginning there’s a lot of emphasis around two warriors who are now unmated, one of them being Wulfe. I don’t recall the other warrior finding his mate. Is that an oversight?
Just as the Mage are preparing to free the Daemon plague once more upon the Earth, Feral Warrior Wulfe realizes his own small strain of Daemon heritage has been awakened. Even worse, when Wulfe healed human Natalie Cash by taking her wound, he accidentally infected her with Daemon essence—and doomed the woman who’s stolen his heart.
Intent on killing Natalie, Mage sentinels attack her home, forcing Wulfe to whisk her back to Feral House. Resolving to protect her, Wulfe knows he must keep his distance. Yet sharing such close quarters only makes their desire grow stronger. And when the Mage begin to free the Daemons, the Ferals’ only chance of defeating Satanan, the High Daemon, is for Wulfe to use Natalie as his channel key. Now they must place their trust in each other—and in an untamed passion with the power to conquer all.
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