11.10.2010 | Wednesday

The Wolven

category: Book Reviews

The Wolventitle: Wolven
author: Deborah LeBlanc
series: The Keepers Trilogy #3
published: 23 November 2010
publisher: Harlequin
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 288
source: publisher
format: eARC
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

Someone—or something—is systematically murdering the members of Danyon Stone's werewolf pack. As Alpha, he knows that finding and punishing the murderous entity is his responsibility, and he's not about to rest until he sees justice done. But to stop the slayings he has to accept help from the most unlikely source—a wickedly sensual mortal woman.

Mystic-shop owner Shauna MacDonald has a special interest in the recent string of otherworldly deaths. As the Keeper of the werewolves, it's her duty to guard and protect the packs. Working by Danyon's side to stop an unknown killer—and trying to deny the potency of their illicit attraction—poses a threat to her heart unlike any she's ever known, ;and if she becomes the killer's next target, it could be the death of her….

my review

The Wolven is the the third and final novel in The Keepers trilogy.  The novel focuses on the youngest sister, Shauna, the Keeper of the werewolves.  Werewolves are being slaughtered in New Orleans, in horribly brutal ways that leave Shauna and Danyon (the alpha of two of the murdered were) baffled.  Neither can imagine who, or what, could be strong enough to subdue and brutalize a wolven.  Despite Danyon’s attempts to handle the problem on his own, Shauna’s stubborness draws them together as they investigate the murders.  In the end, it is their undeniable love that saves Shauna herself.

I think this was my favorite novel of the three.  There was more focus on characters less integral to the main plot which added dimension and color to the story, one of my favorite’s being Lurnell, a friend and client of Shauna.  Shauna, being the youngest, had the most to prove as a Keeper and the struggle to be heard, to be respected, was well-developed throughout the story.  Of the three, the romantic aspect of the story almost took a back seat to the mystery of the were murders.  Once again, the twists and turns kept me guessing to the end, a conclusion that was much darker than the either two novels.

The main men in this series were a vampire, a shifter, and a werewolf.  In popular fiction, those races embody the traits of strength and power and virility, a strong sense of maleness.  Because of that, the characters were developed to be all of those things not only with others in their own communities, but with their women.  They frequently ignored the fact that the sisters were Keepers, strong and capable in their right, even if they were humn.  As a strong, independent woman myself, that grated on me sometimes, but it was necessary to showcase the differences between the Others and the human women they loved.  In the end, that made the love they found all that much more special.

About Deborah LeBlanc

Best-selling author, Deborah LeBlanc, is a business owner, a licensed death scene investigator, and an active paranormal investigator. She served four years as president of the Horror Writers Association, eight years as president of The Writers Guild of Acadiana, and is currently President of the Mystery Writers of America’s Southwest Chapter.

Deborah is also the creator of the Literacy Challenge, an annual, national literacy campaign and Literacy Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to fight illiteracy in America’s teens.

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