Title: Blood of the Wolf
Series: Forged in Blood 01
Author: Holly Evans
Genre: Fantasy, Werewolves & Shifters, Witches & Wizards
Length: Novella (174pgs)
Publisher: Chaos Fox (March 22, 2018
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Eight years ago, my world changed. Little did I know the rest of the world had changed with me.
My name’s Niko, and I’m a made wolf shifter. Eight years ago, I endured a blood ritual that took me from a pretty normal guy and turned me into what I am today. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for ways to make the world a better place. I want to save people, to make sure they never suffer like I did.
Someone has been murdering born wolf shifters and using them in brutal rituals. I was given the opportunity to stop them and save lives. I leapt at the chance to make a real difference, but of course it came with a catch. I have to work with a Guardian, one of the goddess’s chosen wolves. On one hand, he’s everything I look for in a man. On the other, if he finds out who and what I am, then death will be a sweet release from the torture I’ll endure.
I have no choice but to hope the goddess is on my side as I rush to save the lives of the born wolf shifters, all the while praying I don’t lose my own life in the process.
Review: Niko is a made wolf. Made wolves are considered abominations and hunters are dead set on killing them all. Niko has been partnered with Guardian Alasdair. They two are investigating ritualistic killings of wolves. As the investigation intensifies the clues point to someone who wants the shadow gods favor.
Niko does not know a lot about what all he can do but is terrified of his partner finding out he has shadow magic and so it keeps it tightly bound. Allies are formed and Alasdair and Niko learn to begin trusting one another. This is a journey of Niko finding acceptance and learning to trust others.
The killer is a nasty piece of work. The rituals are brutal in how the bodies are found. I really enjoyed the story plot and the characters. I hope to read more about Grayson, the council and others as they series continues.