Author Everly Frost
Print Length 354 pages
Publisher Ever Realm Books
Published June 2, 2023
First book in a fantastical series! Since it is the first book there is some world building going on. This is of course weaved into the story so well that you do not even realize that the author is building a whole knew world until the book is over.
We meet Vandawolf fairly early on in the story, he is the main male character. The Blacksmith Malak had tried to do magical genetic modifications and instead created the Vandawolf- half man, half wolf. As ruler of the kingdom, you would expect the subjects to love and revere him. After all he did free them of the tyrannical Blacksmiths that ruled over them. The genetic modifications, however, make his subjects afraid and wry of him. He does all that he can to hold the kingdom together and to fight the monsters that come their way.
Asha is the last Blacksmith in the kingdom, she is also a prisoner of war. A sword really for the king, against the monsters that arrive. The people do not understand her role in keeping them safe though, and she is very much hated. Her siblings’ powers were stolen from them and so they are not considered Blacksmiths anymore. They are still pretty much hated by the rest of the villagers. Not as much as Asha though. Asha would do anything to protect them, even if it means that she has no say in her life whatsoever.
I love these two characters! Their relationship and chemistry are off the charts! The banter between them even when they do not realize they are bantering is a thing of beauty.
An enemy is coming, and one is already among them. Will Asha be enough to fight them or will she falter? Will she betray the Vandawolf or will it be someone else? Don’t look to me for the answers-read the book! I cannot recommend it enough!
My Rating 5 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “Love is more powerful than fear and hate combined.
Braddock- A guard who I won’t mind Asha hurting
Rachel- Asha’s guard
Gallium- Asha’s baby brother
Tamara- Asha’s baby sister
Thaden Kane- hybrid human/ dragon