Friday, February 26, 2010

Review: Legend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402219059
ISBN-13: 978-1402219054

From the Publisher:

In this fourth in Spear's series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O'Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves…

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.

First, to set the record straight, the book takes place just outside of Millinocket, Maine, a town not far from Bangor (though the Canadian Arctic does get mentioned several times as the summer home of the wolves.) Now that that's out of the way, lets talk about the book:

We meet Cameron and Faith as a strange "accident" leaves the two of them in the same hotel room. With even more accidents involving keys locked in rooms, etc., Cameron and Faith seem to be becoming friends. When they both end up at the same place to investigate their individual mysteries and they find a dead man. It appears that what they were looking into separately may have things in common, after all.

The book focuses more on the wolf element than the mystery of the dead man, though everything is truly intertwined. I found it to be a bit repetitive at times, going over the transformations from man to wolf many times, as well as both Cameron's and Faith's inner thoughts and their resistance to each other.

The author, Terry Spear, tended to make the bad guys appear tougher then they really ended up being, in attempts to gradually make for happy endings all around (except for a select few who had to suffer the consequences of their actions.) There were also a few too many points of view involved but not to the confusing point. It was clear whose perpective we were getting at any given point.

There was alot of talk about snow, so it's a good read for winter time when we're already feeling the effects of the cold weather. Legend of the White Wolf is a cute adult version of the werewolf tales so popular in young adult novels.


Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This sounds like a fun read. :-)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

This does sound like a fun read! I have not heard of it before. Thanks for sharing this book with us.

Jackie said...

Thanks, guys! It was a quick, fun read and a great change of pace from reading darker, deeper novels.

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