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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Review: The Wolf Witch by Naomi Clark

Title: The Wolf Witch
Series: Brides of Darkness #2
Author: Naomi Clark
Tour: No
Published: May 2012, Evernight Publishing
Format: Ebook provided by author for review

Gypsy girl Elisa has never fit in with her clan and has always longed for a wilder life. When she finds an injured wolf in the woods, she discovers a magical talent beyond her dreams, a man beyond her fantasies, and a new life that promises all the wildness and danger she could want. Dark is a wulfen, both man and wolf, and his passion will sweep Elisa off her feet and force her to choose between her people and her freedom. If Elisa stays with the gypsies, she has nothing but an unwanted marriage to look forward to. With Dark she has rapture and excitement - but can a human girl truly survive amongst the wolves?

It’s no secret; I’m a big fan of Naomi Clark.  I’ve read nearly all of her books, and I’ve yet to find one I don’t like.  I’m pretty sure this woman can write anything well!  And so I recently read The Wolf Witch, which is quite different from her normal genres.  It seems she is branching out in all sorts of directions, and I think its terrific.  The Wolf Witch is book two in the Brides of Darkness series

This book is about Elisa, a gypsy.  One day while out in the forest she feels a pain in her side, and she is drawn in a certain direction.  She is out with her cousin, and they hear wolves howl.  She knows she must go.  And then she finds a wolf who has been shot with an arrow.  She removes the arrow and does the unthinkable – she puts her hands over the wound….and heals it.  WTH?!?  Yeah, that was pretty much her response right before she passed out.   When she awakes, her whole world is different and a man is now in front of her, Dark.  She is about to learn a whole new side to herself that is beyond anything she had ever before imagined – she is a healer.
I really loved Elisa.  She lives in a time where she doesn’t have a lot of personal rights.  Her mother is trying to arrange a marriage for her, and she isn’t in love with the man.  But Elisa is a strong woman, and she knows she needs to find a way to escape her prearranged destiny.  She just never thought it would be amongst the werewolves.  She is intelligent, brave, and loving – just how I like my heroines.
And then we have Dark, the alpha wolf.   I thought he was very interesting.  Naomi did a great job creating this character.  You know he hasn’t had much human contact, his speech is broken and not really fluent.  But there is passion in him, and he is absolutely a fearless leader of his pack.  I think he is just what Elisa needs, in more than one way. 
You also get to meet a couple others in the pack, although you don’t learn too much about most of them.  Mainly I think Scar is pretty fascinating.  She is a cunning female wolf, and I have to wonder if there is a bit of jealousy there.  It would almost seem natural that she and Dark would have had history, but I don’t know.  I love that its kind of left to my imagination.
There was a bit of action and a lot of drama packed into these few pages.  Once again, Naomi really did a fantastic job with the writing.  I can’t recommend this book enough!

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Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails. When she's not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once. 

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