Review: Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs ★★

Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Sianim #2
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
ISBN: 0441019544
Page Count: 304
Summary:

Shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn leads a dangerous existence. Now she must return home for her noble father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has passed away. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, they find he's not dead, but ensorcelled by the ae'Magi, using him as a conduit to destroy Aralorn and Wolf. She must overcome this mysterious mist or fall to the blackest of magic.

REVIEW


I hate it when this happens, but sometimes you come across a book that you really thought you would like, because your friends and fellow readers/reviewers liked it, but for whatever reason, it just leaves you cold.

This was one such book.

Nothing happened! Maybe it's a case of bad timing- I am also in the middle of reading the Hunger Games trilogy and was listening to this in audio format while at work- and for anyone else who's read the Hunger Games, you'll know it's very exciting and fast paced, etc. Which only served to make this seem even more slow and plodding.

The plot is essentially wrapped up in the blurb. Aralorn hears her father is dead, returns home to find he isn't dead but ensorcelled, then 8 more hours of audiobook go by and the situation is pretty much the same as it was after the first 30 minutes. And it kills me because Aralorn and wolf are two fantastic characters. I really loved them in MASQUES. Wolf with his damaged soul, tortured by memories of what he's done and what's been done to him. And Aralorn, a rather plain-looking but witty and intelligent shapeshifter/mercenary that you can't help but like. I just feel like they were wasted in this story. All the magic they can do between the two of them should have made them a formidable team, if anything in the plot actually required them to use it at any point.

Sigh. It sucks too because I love Patricia Briggs and hate to give her a low star rating. I even listened to the last couple of hours of audio on double speed just to get through it....that's not good.

The only positive I found was the progress Wolf made in his ability to be with Aralorn without running from his feelings as he's always done in the past. I thought they had a couple of sweet moments.

 "It took you, who had nothing to compare it to, rather longer to figure it out, to understand what is between us. But even when you did not understand or recognize it—it was always love." 


But that wasn't enough to make it enjoyable overall. It all boils down to one thing: I was bored. And I don't like wasting my reading time on boring books, so it's only 2 stars from me.

2 Stars ★★

2 comments:

  1. I've only read her Mercy and Alpha and Omega series. I was always curious about these and thought about picking them up but now I am not so sure!

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  2. Book one, Masques, was pretty good, but this one really tested my patience. Such a waste of great characters. Still, if she needed to write these to get good enough to write Mercy later on, it's all good:)

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