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Prince of Shadows by Susan Krinard

Title: Prince of Shadows
Series: Prince of Something!
Author: Susan Krinard
Genre: Contemporary romantic fantasy
Pages: 374
Copyright Date: 1996
Cover: Blue, very blue. Background is a full moon over a snowy forest - good thing nothing about that is cliched. In the midground, a black wolf with a white splash on its chest, whose visit to the taxidermist apparently did not go well. In the foreground, a man risks hypothermia, wearing only subtly bulging blue jeans, a belt, an unbuttoned shirt, and a lot of hair.
First Line: "The beast stalked her silently, its paws drifting among the pine needles as if it were no more than the merest wraith."
Best part: A really satisfying conclusion.
Worst part: Really cliched sex scene which attempted to prove once again that werewolf fiction is about good women "taming" dangerous male sexuality.
Grade: C+
Recommended for: Folks who enjoy werewolf books and don't mind if they're not terribly original.

Alex Warrington is a wolf researcher who has suffered a traumatizing accident that tore her family apart and left her scarred in more ways than one. More comfortable with animals than people, she has chosen to hide from her past in a small town that holds memories both peaceful and disturbing for her. Kieran Holt has even more secrets than she does. Can they find healing in each other's arms?

This book is incredibly vivid and the outcome is hopeful. The writing is very good for the mass-market genre. Yet some survivors of trauma may find it triggering, as both of the main characters have lived through major traumas. As I mentioned, the way they both blame themselves for everything was frustrating to me. Still, it passes the time and will enchant some. C+.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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