Thursday, January 08, 2015

Review: Summer Moon by Jan DeLima

Summer Moon
Author:  Jan DeLima
Series:  Celtic Wolves 2
Publisher:  Ace, September 30, 2014
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425266212
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

She won’t be ruled again…

Rosa Alban has been obedient her entire life. But when her alpha husband dies, she seizes the opportunity to flee the oppressive Guardians—the rulers of the secret shapeshifter world. Her flight instantly brands her as a pack traitor, and she has no choice but to seek protection from a neighboring tribe by marrying one of their sons.

Known as the Beast of Merin, Luc Black loyally plays the part of unwanted son and devoted brother. He realizes marrying Rosa will strengthen his tribe’s territory, but he has no intention of loving ever again. Still, he’s unprepared for the intense physical need the wild she-wolf awakens in him.

When the Guardians hone in on Rosa, Luc must fight to protect his new bride. And as war descends, the unlikely allies discover their destinies are irrevocably entwined…

Stacey's Thoughts

This is a great book! I’m so glad that this series has continued because I feel it has a lot of potential to be a huge series. Summer Moon is so different from the first installment of the series, Celtic Moon. First off, it’s not told by Sophie (Rats. I totally love Sophie and wanted to know more about her.) but after I got over my initial hissy fit, I recognized that Rosa is totally awesome in her own right. This book picks up right where Celtic Moon leaves off. Things are changing…the Guardians will be challenged and Rosa is right in the middle of it all. DeLima writes beautifully about every subject in this book: the nature, the wolves, the history, and the passion. It was a delight to read, especially because the characters are so original and unpredictable. The story starts off with an unpredictable event at Castell Avon and you’ll be kept guessing the whole story.

The Welsh Celtic gods and goddesses play a bigger role in this novel than in Celtic Moon, especially Taliesin (whom they call “Sin” for short.) Dylan’s brother Luc also plays a bigger role and we learn more about him and his (deceased) human wife, Koko. This story starts with alliances but grows into trust and love. Each narrator has been hurt throughout their long lives in different ways and they are all caught between nursing old wounds and growing into something new. I loved reading about their doubts, fears, and anger as they went through these changes. It makes them beautifully imperfect. At the end of the story, you can see how they are not who they were and how (most of them) have changed for the better. I can’t wait for the next installment of the Celtic Wolves Novels. You go Jan DeLima!


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