Thursday, July 16, 2009
Book 29 of 2009: Wolf Tales V by Kate Douglas
Kate Douglas continues the story of the Chanku in this fifth Wolf Tales book. Here, two more women are added into the mix, Manda and Millie. Manda has been living alone and avoiding the world because she is stuck in the transitional stage between woman and wolf, and unable to make the transition to fully be one or the other. Scarred from the cruel treatment she has endured in her past, she fears being around others, not knowing how they will treat her. The Chanku pack finds out about her when they see her picture in a tabloid magazine. Baylor Quinn, feeling lost without a mate of his own, takes it upon himself to seek Manda out in hopes of helping her.
While Baylor is off on his "mission", Ulrich Mason is off on one of his own. Anton Cheval has requested that he seek out a woman by the name of Millie West, who he believes is Chanku, and help her make the transition to wolf. He thinks that Ulrich is the only one to do it and that this could possibly be a new mate for him. Can Ulrich finally move past his wife's death and take a new mate?
Baylor and Manda are a very strong couple and Baylor’s help, which allows her to "turn" fully to Chanku, makes one of the best transition stories throughout the series so far. I loved the way Baylor explained everything to her and how she was so shy and naive. It was like he was talking to a child the whole time rather than a grown woman. It truly was a magical story between the two of them and I was happy that Baylor got his "happy ever after". Overall, this was a very powerful book, as it had a lot of depth and emotion to it. Douglas made a lot of connections between characters that I wasn't expecting and had a lot of surprise twists. The series just keeps getting better and better! Highly recommended.
Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.com