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Friday, December 28, 2012
Book Review: A Love Untamed by Pamela Palmer
Author: Pamela Palmer
Series: Feral Warriors, book 7
Source: From publisher for review
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Reviewed by: Stephanie
The newest Feral Warrior, Fox joins in the search for their beloved Radiant. Heading off in teams, Fox is happy to be paired with the woman with an icy glare and touch that makes him burn with desire. Ilina warrior Melisande has spent centuries hating shape shifters after a horrific betrayal. She wears a mask of indifference and has built a wall around her heart but when she and Fox fall into a deadly Mage trap, Melisande begins to lower her guard and trust the magnetic shifter and knows if they survive, she'll never be the same.
Kieran, named Fox after the animal he now shifts into, fits right in with the other Feral warriors. From day one he's ready to fight. Not one that women ignore, Fox is surprised at Melisande's resistance but it's more than wanting something he can't have. Fox feels the pull between them and though he doesn't want a mate, he won't give up on the possibility of something happening between them. He's more than the love 'em and leave 'em type I first pegged him for. Like the other Ferals, there's a reason he doesn't subscribe to the idea of mating at first but he came around and it felt right for his character. He's not overly alpha nor the most extraordinary male of the bunch but he's a sweetheart who is as sexy as he is dangerous.
Before this book, I detested Melisande. She's very cold and distant, even towards her Ilona sisters. Now that I know the origins of the hatred, I can hardly fault her for acting the way she has towards the Ferals and Therians. Her history isn't an easy one but I'm glad it's shared because it explains her actions and gives Fox an in by helping to heal old wounds. She's nowhere near my favorite heroine but as Fox helps her thaw and Melisande's kinder self is revealed, I started to like her more and more.
This book feels like an extension of the last one. The newly released animal spirits are not finding the best of their line like they have in the past. Some truly awful Therians are chosen to become Ferals and are used by the Mage Inir against their own kind. At the end of the last book, Kara is kidnapped in order to use her Radiant powers to bring the new Ferals into their animals. Aside from displaying Mage abilities, no new ground is broken. This book could have been dramatically shortened, attached to the previous book, and Fox and Melisande's tale told alongside Hawke and Faith's. There's an interesting revelation about Wulfe and Grizz (hate that name) has a side story going on but not enough for this long of a book.
Anytime I can come back to the world of the Feral Warriors is a treat. Some of it was interesting, like Fox and Melisande's trip into a fake world that doubled as a Mage trap, but there was so much that didn't feel necessary. Thankfully, Fox and Melisande were strong enough characters to carry the book. I just hope for the next book there will be actual progress in the series.