Published by Brendon Bertram on August 20, 2018
I received an ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Exposed, Moira Ashe flees to the city of Trident Bay seeking passage out of the city. Denied by every ship in port, her salvation comes from Caspian, hero, chieftain and business leader. He promises to get her out of the country, but only if she can slay the legendary Terror of Trident Bay. Moira's hunt goes awry as she is caught in the city's power struggle, a peasant uprising and romance, all while she races to leaves Fotland's shores before word reaches the city about her identity.
*This is the second in the series. It is NOT a standalone novel.*
When the first book in this series was released, I devoured it. You can read my four star review here. The moment I found out the sequel had been released, I raised my hands in the air and screamed "Gimme! Gimme!" For most people, that's an exaggeration. For me, that's a very true statement that terrified the ever-living-love out of my poor dog. I felt bad for Rascal, but pretty good for me that day.
Lately, I've been splitting my reviews into things that I do and don't like about the books I read. Bertram made this IMPOSSIBLE for me. So, I'm just going to go with the top three reasons you should read this book!
- Hello World Building! The lack of world building was my biggest complaint about Moira Ashe: Enemy Within. Unsurprisingly, it was also my biggest concern going into Kindred Spirits. I was not disappointed. This novel is filled with details of the world that Bertram has created and this world truly comes to life. I could see each piece of it as clearly as the world outside of my window. I doubt that Bertram took the advice for this improvement from my blog, but I'm going to act like he did. I'm just smug like that.
- Bertram chose not to pull any punches when it came to Moira's development. When she felt joy, so did I. When she felt pain, I wept. It was not a pretty sight and I'm not proud of it. It was fascinating to see Moira as more of a human and less of a hunter in this piece. Granted, she still hunts. That's what her role is. But I enjoyed seeing Bertram develop more of her humanity in this piece. This was especially true in her relationship with Caspian. And, once you finish the novel, you can curse Bertram right along with me because THAT WAS NOT OK!
- Although it felt strange at first, I loved that this book read like a series of video game cut scenes. This style definitely sets Bertram's writing apart from the others and was an interesting way to move from location to location. It helped the story to move along so that more could be accomplished despite the book's brevity.
Have you read any of Bertram's works? What do you think of them? Do you typically enjoy werewolf novels?
Let me know in the comments below!