- Book Title: Strength To Let Go
- Book Series: Tales of the Werewolf Tribes #1
- Author: Alina Popescu
- Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (July 7, 2015)
- Book Length: 208 pages
- Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Werewolf, Interracial
- Reviewed by: Petra
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: December 8, 2015
Why would you read a story? Or, more to the point, why would you read a story by an author you have never heard of? My answer used to be one of these: “Because someone recommended it”, “Because I liked the cover”, or “Because I liked the blurb”. These days it’s more often than not “Because I was asked to review it” or “Because GGR had it on the list to be reviewed and it was an author I wasn’t familiar with”. That’s right… I actually go out of my way to read a book for review from an author I’ve never read before.
Alina Popescu is one such author. Although I knew of Ms Popescu, I had never actually been able to read one of her stories. So, when I saw one of her stories was available for review, I jumped on the chance to read it. And, I am so happy I did!
Strength To Let Go (book one in the Tales of the Werewolf Tribes series) is a fantasy novel, of the werewolf variety. The world’s continents are divided into tribes, with each tribe divided up into clans. The werewolf tribes are ruled by their own ‘government’ and each tribe has a clan ruling all other clans and individual packs. The Far East Asian tribe is ruled by a Japanese clan and it is here that we find the main character, Shiki Kirishima. Shishou, his twin brother, is the alpha of the tribe and currently lives with his partners in England; Shiki is his general. Herein lies one of the main differences between this novel and other stories I have read… Ms Popescu has allowed her characters to reflect the full spectre of the rainbow and three-way marriages are (fairly) common. Shishou is married to both a male and a female werewolf. Shiki, when we meet him, has recently been left by his two husbands, Kieran and Kayden. Kieran is a Prince and Kayden his general; both are part of the dark court, and, if you ask me, Shiki is better off without them!
However, Shiki does not agree; wolves mate for life and being deserted by his mates is unbearable.
The characters, from the main characters through to the supporting cast, are well-developed and their actions and choices, whether good or bad, make sense for them. Dialogue is fluent and to the point. Never to merely fill the gap from one moment of action to the next, but has a valid reason to be there. The locations, from the Irish keep to the Siberian plains to Tokyo and the Japanese countryside, are vivid and well-researched. There is some high-strung action but there are also plenty of tender and even romantic moments. Whether it is a fighting scene or a love-making scene, everything feels ‘real’ and it’s obvious Ms Popescu has done rigorous research. The editing is commendable; it was a pleasure to read, from start to finish.
All I can say is, I hope that book two isn’t long in the making… I want to return to this world time and time again! Such an easy 5 out of 5 stars!
After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.
Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.
Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.
Instead, he saves him.
Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.
Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.
Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict; Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.
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