Series: Arctic Brotherhood #2
Published by Macmillan on March 7th, 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Shifters
Reviewed by: Kim
They are the Arctic Brotherhood.
They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.
Samson Lee last saw Valetta Rickard five years ago when a shared a kiss almost led him to break the promise he had made to himself. Now Valetta has disappeared, and Samson has promised her father he will find her. When Samson finds Valetta leading a rogue gang of bloodthirsty Arctic werewolves, he soon discovers that all is not what it seems. As soon as they see each other again the feelings they denied all those years ago resurface.
Valetta is Shadow Born, a rare and mystical werewolf with legendary powers. If she chooses, she can destroy a whole species. A power that an evil hunter wants so that he can destroy the Arctic wolves. Samson, together with the other members of the brotherhood, must find the hunter before he can put his plans for Valetta into action. At the same time, Samson must put the past behind him and convince Valetta that she is worthy of love.
SHADOW WOLF was a confusing mythological mess that overran what could have been a sweet story between two characters. From the beginning of the book, there are so many unanswered questions that the author isn’t interested in addressing that I spent most of the book frowning in confusion.
My main complaint was with the treatment of the female characters in the book. Although Valetta goes out and does something to try and protect her father, she ends up as a figurehead with no real power until Samson shows up to save her. Then she discovers her destiny (not as a destroyer, but as a protector, of course), and then is kidnapped by the main villain. Another female character who was kidnapped by a rival biker gang, Cindy, is saved early on in the book by Samson. I say saved… He takes her after brutally killing the men who held her captive for the last two years, brings her to Valetta’s father and says: you keep an eye on her, pretend she’s your housekeeper or something. So this poor abused girl gets passed around between powerful men, and then actually becomes the housekeeper and falls for Valetta’s dad! Who we’re told is old enough to have retired from the Brotherhood… wait what?
More unanswered questions include:
- How can shifters who are immortal get to an age where they can retire?
- How many times can the shadow wolf mythology get retconned?
- Can women do anything without getting kidnapped?
- How weird is it that they all have blond hair and blue eyes, and how weird is it that the author mentions at least twice how weird it is seeing all these guys together?
- What bloody country is this novel set in? I was sure we were in Alaska, but then they find a ruined castle?!
When a reader cannot tell what country, or even hemisphere the book is set in, maybe you should spend a little less time revising the mythology as new information is discovered (it turns out we had this power all along!) and a bit more time trying to ground your characters in a real world where Stockholm syndrome doesn’t lead to romance.Series Titles:
- Ice Wolf 2/5
- Shadow Wolf
- For fun arctic shifter stories, try Polar Bared, by Eve Langlais
- For norse mythology and paranormal romance at its best, try The Undoing, by Shelly Laurentsen.