When Princess Lorelei of Leithe overhears her fiancé's plot to murder her on the way to their wedding, she does the only smart thing: she runs.
Into the Edgelands, the savage, woodland home of the legendary U'lfer, a race of fierce wolves who walk as men, she knows she is as good as dead, but she would rather be torn apart by werewolves than die by Trystay's hand.
A young U'lfer warrior named Finn catches her scent on the wind and finds himself possessed by an unnatural desire to shield and protect her from that which hunts her. From the moment he first sees her, Finn knows she is his. He feels her heartbeat, knows her soul, and he will do anything, even suffer exile from the Edgelands to be with her.
But there is more to Lorelei than meets the eye. She is like Finn; there is U'lfer blood in her veins, a beast beneath her skin she never knew was there. The answers she seeks lie south, in the frozen tundra of Rimian, where a village of people just like her have been waiting for Lorelei to come and save them since before she was even born.
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Interesting ideas, needs a skilled editpr
The text focuses, in my mind, too heavily on interpersonal relationships and exposition of growing feelings and attitudes. I'd imagine this would work more in the context of big fans of the romance genre.
The world itself has a lot of potential. The tribalism and ritual of the U'lfer seemed interesting, exploring the realities of an animalistic people denied their traditional hunting lifestyle was interesting to chew on. There was just too much focus on the little details without enough chance to absorb the big picture first.
This book is in desperate need of an editor. 120 pages into the book we're still talking about the implications about the first dramatic scene in the Edgelands. The impending doom is delayed by every pair of characters hashing out how they feel about the event. The world is interesting and there seems to be some good ideas here, but the author bogs us down with character details we don't have nearly enough investment to care about! I'm patient, and the narrator of the audio book wss good enough to make me even more so, but this has turned into a slog and I just can't continue.
- Mark Scheid