Review by: Ulysses Dietz
Member of The Paranormal Guild Review Team
Terry the warlock goes on a quest to find out who he really is. Clyde the werewolf has trouble dealing with the fact that Terry may or may not be a figment of his imagination. Sebastian the teenaged vampire thinks blood is gross and just wants to have a friend. Then there’s the shapeshifter Jayden, who’s just kind of an all-around dick.
Once again, in this second of the “Alpha’s Warlock” series, I found myself wishing that Kris Sawyer hadn’t committed to the novella format as his vehicle for what continues to be an intriguing paranormal kind of romance. He’s got the crisp writing, and he’s got the carefully wrought structure that keeps adding new things and dealing with others, so as the plot moves forward we begin to understand our boys and the people around them. But the need to limit the scope of his narrative also limits his writing. This is a quest, first: Terry must understand his roots, and therein lie some surprises. Clyde needs to deal with his pack, who are having trouble dealing with the fact of his warlock boyfriend. Therein lie some further surprises. The shapeshifter is the wildcard, and while I felt his part in this drama was a bit forced, he is a lynchpin in the final act that sets us all up for book three.
It’s all there, I just would have liked a more leisurely, literary exploration of a fascinating story idea.