Series: Mystwalker #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on July 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Abigail
References to rape, a graphic sex scene
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER
In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…
I AM WERE, HEAR ME ROAR.
To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.
One of the more unique things about the Mystwalker series is Leigh Evans writing style which is part stream of consciousness, part lyrical. On the plus side, it gives readers almost unparalleled access to Heidi's mind and thoughts. On the down side, Heidi's mind is often a pretty chaotic place. In the opening chapters, Heidi's voice tends to ramble a bit and it contributed to a slow start similar to the debut. Once the action started, however, the pace jumped into hyperdrive for the remainder of THE THING ABOUT WERES.
Once again the highlight of this series is the relationship between Heidi and Trowbridge. It is consuming to the point that I resented every scene that didn't have the two of them facing off. They do everything full out: fight, mourn, love. The intensity is riveting. Less riveting is the mythology this time out. It was confusing most of the time and overwhelmed the story even when I did understand everything. It's challenging to blend fae and werewolf mythology let alone add in something totally new with mystwalkers and dream/soul realms. It ended up being too much for me.
The Mystwalker series really is distinct from most of the other UF/PNR series on the market, and that's both it's strength and it's weakness. The romance is dynamite and brighter than some of my favorite UF couples, but until the mythology becomes a little more accessible--and the pacing a lot more balanced--this is a series that will remain in the good category. The next Mystwalker book, THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES, hits shelves on February 25, 2014
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