Jul 19, 2015

Winter Wolf by R.J. Blain - My Review


Summery from GoodReads  
When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…
My Review
The WWW - Wolves, Witches and Wizards....
This book is different from the "Inquisition". "Winter Wolf" is set in the same world as Inquisitor. However, the characters are different, and it seems to be a different time period because some details are different. But It is look like,that the story timeline is before "Inquisition".

The main them is about the "Fenerec Plague" and finding a cure for it. I must say, that it took me some time to see how things start to move along plot. It also, took me some time to identified with it's main character. I was annoyed by Nicole’s guilt,fear and self-deprecation at the beginning of the book and it got worse because that I couldn't understand the source for it.

Nicole, born to Fenerec parents, her twin sister Lisa, turn one but she didn't (her sister also turn to work for the Inquisition) . She has a very strict father that forced her to developed her skills of singing and playing the piano. Her Mother was a witch that to turn a to Fenerec too. But all this didn't enable me to understand her motives. Something made her scared and she decided to run away from her family and hide from them. As another critics said before me - "It’s good for a character to have a conscience, but Nicole blamed herself for things that weren’t her fault. She was too hard on herself."

But, I think most of the readers will find the main character very likeable - She is a struggling actress without a voice, thing that limit the job offers she gets and allow her a very modest way of life. As a person, she show a great range of very humanly emotions and she turn some time along the plot from scared to brave.

The turn out point for Nicole happen after a group of Fenerec tried to kidnap her. While traveling in the kidnapers car, another Vehicles cause them go of the road. This tossed her back to her own memories accident, when she almost died. In her fear she just wanted to get out from the car. In her fear she succeed to broke the window with her bare hands to lie trembling on the road. But when the guy from the other car came to inquire and was in danger of being murdered by her kidnaper thing had changed - She decided to fight and save him even though she could pay with her own life.

After she all her projection just changed. Now, she could deal with her fears, and used her intellect and courage even to go into the den of the inquisition and came out without a scathe. There she gain new knowledge of self defiance and also a new friend.

Nicole suffer from a chronic laryngitis which cause her the ability to sing like an angle. But this is the formal diagnosis. In fact she lose her voice as a price for gaining something else. This something else is a very rare ability that can put her in the focus of the Inquisition - wizardry (Nicole is a wizard, not a witch, they are different. a sure sign for a wizard is to control electricity and fire. Wizards just have too much power and are too unpredictable. And by this they are too dangerous and must be eliminated.

This knowledge of the ruthless ways of the Inquisition isn't new. We already learned about it from "Inquisition".

This knowledge won't enough to scare Nicole from using a forbidden magic to investigate the cause of a murder of a young bookseller, that happened right next to her. This is the the time she also discover about the "Fenerec Plague" and she has to decide whether to save them or let them die. This will mean the extinction of the Fenerec race. And it also mean, that her family who are Fenerec will die too.

Why she?

Because only wizards have the ability to fight the plague, but not may left. most of them lost control and had been eliminated. She also the only one who can speak with the most powerful Fenerec, that lived through the previous outbreak of the plague - her father.

When things turned crazy, Nicole found that somebody wanted her very badly and nothing will stop him/her. The only problem is why?

About the author

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dhi, the great warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

About her writing:

Fantasy

Long ago, the continents of Alskoran and Skorans were once one. Under the steady pull of time, reality became legend, legend became myth, and myth faded to an obscurity known by none. The truth behind the calamity that tore the land asunder is no longer known, but the fate of the people are still connected despite the vast and treacherous seas separating them.

In Alskoran, the favor of the Sun Goddess wanes, and a shadow creeps over the lands. A misunderstood, reluctant and crippled King wanted nothing more than to be left alone. But in order for there to be peace, he must first wage war.

Enter the world of The Requiem for the Rift King.

To the north and east of the Rift, Arasanor is an island many believe is a myth. Those who seek it out rarely return. Those who do don’t speak of what they’ve seen.

The truth is something that could forever change the kingdoms of Alskoran.

Enter the world of Arasanor, the City of Clocks.

Skorans, once part of Alskorans, is faring no better than its counterpart. The people fear that the God of the Garden has turned his back on them. But all things come with a price, and not everyone is willing to pay it.

Enter the world of The Fall of Erelith.
Inquisitor by R.J. Blain
If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy, werewolves, and witches then Inquisitor is a must read for you. It's fast-paced, action-packed with just a very, very, little hint at romance.

In Inquisitor Blain added some unique touch to the story. Like, this funny fact - a werewolf that allergic to dogs. Werewolf-witch as the heroine make a very interesting character.

Basically, the plot is kind of murder mystery. The main character gets accused of a crime she didn’t commit. If Allison (It's really funny that this is the consecutive book, that I review that the heroin has the same name) doesn’t solve the mystery murders, she’ll get executed. To make matters worse, the victims are all werewolves.

Allison is a werewolf, and not just any werewolf- She is, as she puts it "wolf, woman, and occasional witch", making her very rare and very powerful. Allison has to balance the three parts of herself (Human , werewolf and witch) and it isn't easy.

Allison falls into trouble after a Halloween party.As a long living creature she succeed to accumulate, an immense wealth, which help her to be very very independent. before all hell broke she work as accountant for a rich guy from a long blood lone of witches. This is the same guy asked her to pretend to be his Fianceé so his adopted mother mother will back off from his shoulders.

When her witch Samantha is killed, she retreats to one of her identities (CEO of Marrodin, a huge company) to hunt down her killer. She also changing her name back to Victoria - Vickie (and this is very important, because she tend to hide from this history. However, this leads her into more and more danger. She also, make contact with the Inquisition. The Inquisition is a former "employer" of Allison's and they're ruthless.

Along the way she show us that her tough pretense is only a deep skin, as she find a time to take into her care two young children of a an employee who got murdered.

For summery - Great read! Blain brings this world to light in an incomparably vivid manner. The book provides so many twists that keep you reading until the very end, and keep you from guessing right most of the time. I am so ready to next book Winter Wolf (Witch & Wolf Book 2).

Inquisitor  - My Review  Link
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