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ARC Review: Winter Wolf by R.J. Blain

ARC Review: Winter Wolf by R.J. BlainAuthor: R.J. Blain
Title: Winter Wolf
Series: Witch & Wolf #2
Publisher: Pen and Page Publishing
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…
Format: eARC
Also by this author: Inquisitor
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Winter Wolf is set in the same world as Inquisitor. However, the characters are different, and it seems to be a different time period because some details are different.

I liked reading this book, but not as much as the first one in the series. A lot of questions I wrote in my notes were never answered.

I’ll list them here, so you can see what I’m talking about. I’ll warn you, though, some of these give away main events in the plot. So, if you don’t want to know what happens, don’t read the part I have marked as a spoiler.

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If there were answers to any of these questions in the story, I must have missed them. Even if there are a few I missed, I still think this book leaves a lot of unanswered questions as compared to the first book. It also leaves you hanging about what is going to happen to the plague victims.

Also, this book was not as well edited as the first book. I noticed quite a few typos and grammatical errors. That could be because this was an advanced reading copy, so I’m not going to worry much about that.

I think some readers might get annoyed by Nicole’s guilt and self-deprecation. It’s good for a character to have a conscience, but Nicole blamed herself for things that weren’t her fault. She was too hard on herself.

On the plus side, this book was shorter and it didn’t have as many subplots to keep up with, so it was an easier read.

There’s a lot of suspense and action that kept me turning the pages.

I did enjoy reading Winter Wolf. I would definitely read more books by R.J. Blain, and I would recommend this series to urban fantasy fans.



Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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