Series: Silver #4
Published by Rhiannon Held on September 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Source: Author, Publisher
Sexual Content: References to sex and non-explicit sec scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack.
What Tatiana doesn't realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals. The drugged wine they’ve given her is too strong, and instead of rendering Silver and Andrew biddable, it nearly kills her and traps the alphas in dreams that could destroy them. The alphas must fight to wake and Tatiana must fight to help them—because with the furious Roanoke pack howling for her blood, her life could depend on it.
The world of Rhiannon Held's Silver series is seen through its characters, the shift of point of view is what paints mythology and plot. This means the story has to do more than follow our Urban Fantasy heroine, and Silver shares the stage with various likable and unlikable characters.
While I have always had issues when the POV changes from Silver to some of my less favorite characters, WOLFSBANE adds a new twist to the usual intertwining perspectives. The main story is split into several concurrent dreams, each following an alternate timeline. So not only does the story shift from character to character, but multiple "versions" of the characters exist in the dreams. As per usual, it is Silver's perspective that I wanted to read the most, with Dare a distant second, making each shift between narrative threads an annoyance at first. WOLFSBANE also firmly establishes bisexuality as a prevalent and accepted part of werewolf culture, even if their mating practices vary from pack to pack.
The Silver series contains many familiar Urban Fantasy tropes, but always with a twist. Rather than putting a spotlight on Silver's unique, magical snowflake life the narrative follows a full palette of characters, each with strengths and weaknesses that kept me guessing. Though this writing style can be bumpy for me, this series is one I'll always be excited to return to.Series Titles:
- Sunny's review at Goodreads - 4/5
- For more shapechangers that put a new twist Urban Fantasy tropes, try Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi.