THE LAST WOLF  by Maria Vale

THE LAST WOLF

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two lonely outsiders risk health and home to find love amid danger.

Shifters and werewolves have been enemies for centuries. While wolves are forced to change with every full moon, Shifters can pick a form at will. As humans earned their place at the top of the food chain hundreds of years ago, Shifters chose to remain in their human forms. They have a history of attacking wolves while they’re vulnerable, using human weapons to raid a wolf pack’s supply of riches. In present-day upstate New York, the Great North Pack is pairing off its wolves in a celebration, known as “the Dæling,” that ushers the juveniles into adulthood. Silver is the runt of the group, and, unpaired, she’s destined for the role of servant to the Pack’s ruling Alphas. But when a Shifter/wolf hybrid shows up on the land, gored and bleeding to death, Silver recognizes she has a chance to change her future of submission. If she chooses to help the stranger, she’ll be exiled from her Pack, but she knows the risk is worth the reward of forging her own path. Silver and the hybrid, Tiberius, are thrust into complicated circumstances in which the elements, humans, and wolves alike are their enemies. Debut author Vale has created a paranormal community in the modern world, and it's a standout, though it would have been helpful to have a glossary for the unique terminology. The romance takes a back seat to wolf-pack dynamics and paranormal politics, but the scenes showing the dark, primal attraction between Silver and Tiberius can become addictive for readers —a dense, gooey chocolate cake in page form.

A wonderfully descriptive paranormal romance that breathes some much-needed life into the subgenre.

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4926-6187-0
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2018




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