Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: A Love Untamed by Pamela Palmer


They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . .

The newest member of the elite Feral Warriors brotherhood, Fox is eager to prove himself on the frontlines of battle against the Daemons. When paired with the legendary Ilina warrior Melisande, he expects the fierce beauty to quickly fall under the spell of his quite considerable charm. Instead, he finds himself spellbound by a woman who's his match in every way.

Beneath Melisande's brittle exterior lies centuries of pain and a violent hatred of all shape-shifters—a hatred that slowly crumbles after she and Fox are caught in a deadly and cunning Mage trap and she glimpses a surprising depth in her far-too-seductive partner. Their survival demands unconditional trust—and their salvation surrender to a wild, untamed love.


Although part of the existing Feral Warriors series (this is the 7th book to date), Palmer does an amazing job of bringing the new reader up to speed on the background and lore of her world, all without seeming like a drab recitation. The history of the Feral Warriors is vast and exciting, using animal spirits chosen by the Goddess to inhabit those of the Therian race, so that they may shift at will instead of being restricted to dreams. The Warriors are powered by something called Radiance, an energy that can bring them into their beasts and keep them fully charged, without which they would slowly die. They battle Mages, supporters of Satanan and his evil Daemon horde, for control with the help of Ilinas, special warriors that have powerful abilities, like misting and healing. Ilinas are extremely sexual and were thought to be extinct.

I'm quite sure that I just made that sound way more complicated than it needed to be, but I can assure you that all these legendary races make for action packed, thrilling reading combined with plenty of passion and romance. All of her characters are bold and full of life, and A Love Untamed weaves together the main plot point of newly marked Ferals being tainted with dark magic by a powerful Mage that has kidnaped Kara with the developing romance between Fox and Melisande, plus she brings along the more minor character based storylines that are meant to be fulfilled with future books.

4star/solid B

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