Hullo everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Xpresso tour for Wolf’s-own, Book One: Ghost!
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(Wolf’s Own #1)
Publication date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Untouchable. Ghost. Assassin. Mad. Fen Jacin-rei is all these and none. His mind is host to the spirits of long-dead magicians, and Fen’s fate should be one of madness and ignoble death. So how is it Fen lives, carrying out shadowy vengeance for his subjugated people and protecting the family he loves?
Kamen Malick means to find out. When Malick and his own small band of assassins ambush Fen in an alley, Malick offers Fen a choice: Join us or die.
Determined to decode the intrigue that surrounds Fen, Malick sets to unraveling the mysteries of Fen’s past. As Fen’s secrets slowly unfold, Malick finds irony a bitter thing when he discovers the one he wants is already hopelessly entangled with the one he hunts.
It was so weird picking this book up and starting to read it. I swear, I stared at it for ages because… well… I’d READ it before.
Or so I’d thought.
In actually, I discovered I had downloaded a preview of it a couple years ago (it was undoubtedly the 1st edition, too), read that, thought it was ‘ok’, but ultimately didn’t want to spend the money on buying it. (I think it was probably like… $7.99, or $9.99, or… something like that at the time too…) So basically it got put on the backburner.
You can thus imagine my surprise as I began reading Ghost and instantly began a internal tirade of:
“…the hell? Haven’t I read this? I HAVE read this. I *KNOW* I’ve read this somewhere. Is this a joke? Was this plagarized? Did someone else steal the beginning of this story and add it to their own? WAIT. Let’s not think so drastically here. Maybe I—DO I ALREADY HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK? DID I READ THIS ALREADY AND JUST COMPLETELY FORGET WHAT IT WAS ABOUT????”
So. Many. Questions ran through my brain! But, lo and behold, as I skimmed through the first chapter or so, it dawned on me that whatever I had read had only been up to a certain point, because everything thereafter was completely brand-new and had me saying, “WHAT-IS-GOING-ON, HOLD-UP-GOTTA-RESTART-THIS-FROM-THE-BEGINNING, MASS-EXCITEMENT-IS-ABOUT-TO-ENSUE.”
I’m so glad I did.
The world-building in this book is… crazy good. I can’t find fault in it, even if the beginning of the book starts off a bit complex and even gets a bit confusing. I think what would have helped a great deal, was if the glossary was mentioned (prominently) at the very beginning of the book, right before the first chapter, I think. Either that, or moving the glossary entirely to the beginning, because… even though a lot of the world-building had a sort of Asian-esque flair and aesthetic to it – and certainly drew inspiration from in terms of culture, appeal, names, etc – it’s NOT any known Asian culture that you can read about or visit. Although many words, honorifics, and such can sorta be deciphered as you read, I used that glossary as my bible for at least three-quarters of this book until I got most of the terms down. I think anyone just coming into this series will undoubtedly do the same. Otherwise, you’re just grasping. I generally prefer to be eased into a new world, not simply thrust into it… but all things standing, the book is a huge success! Such complicated characters, mythos, religion, and politics populate this world.
The romance wasn’t really the big factor for me while reading this, but it was definitely well done. Great chemistry between our main characters Fen and Malick; with explosive love scenes that are extremely passionate and sensual. I can already tell that their relationship will definitely be ramping up as the series continues. That you can be sure of. 😉
My biggest quip was that ending – which wasn’t just a cliffhanger, but also sort of… abrupt. As in, I don’t really know if there was a conclusion in this book, or if the entire series should be looked at as one big book that was simply split into parts instead of complete, consecutive books.
Still, I cannot wait for the next book! Hopefully it will get even better~
This book fits these 2015 Reading Challenges:
105 Reading Challenge (Categories: 3, 4, 9, 10)
2015 New To You Reading Challenge (New Series & New Author To Me)
Ethereal 2015 (Paranormal: Gods, Vessels of the Gods, Other-realms)
2015 LGBT Challenge (OTHER/MM)
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way does it affect my rating or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carole lives with her husband and family in Pennsylvania, USA, where she spends her time trying to find time to write. Recipient of various amateur writing awards, several of her short stories have been translated into Spanish, German, Chinese and Polish.