Guardian Elf by Grace Lynn
[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolves, elves, HEA]
Sun City was once the greatest city in the world. It was built by the Elves during the height of their power, but now only one Elf remains in the city. High Prince Demend, a changeling and survivor of an accident that almost left him for dead. Now, he drinks blood, shifts, and is trying to make the world a more tolerant place for the literary works of the ancient times.
Nathan Summers is an Alpha, but not by choice. Forced into the position by a pack he loves, Nathan took the position as a last resort. Alone and constantly harassed by his father, Nathan just wants to find his mate and keep his pack safe from his family’s cruelty.
Forced to work together, they must now face the future which seems to be grim. Can these two find everything they are wanting without destroying themselves in the process?
This world is totally created so the rules that sometimes apply for belief can be suspended. Demend was changed as a child when the Great War started. We are left to figure out a lot of the information on the war at the end of the story. Demend grows up in a changed world. He still has his family but he is much changed from them. While trying to save some written history that the Werewolf council is about to destroy, Demend runs into his mate. Nathan is an alpha werewolf but not by choice. He doesn’t want the responsibility of alpha but it was him or his awful brother running the pack so he took it.
This isn’t really an insta-love like it appears, it is close though. The two men are drawn together and most of the book is spent setting up the new pack. Demend is an interesting character. It might have been good to see how he grew into the man he is in the story. Nathan is still a little be in the shadows as far as character goes. We really don’t get much of his character coming through in the writing. I think overall the character development is a bit shallow. They may have been better if the story had been a little longer. It is also possible that the characters’ development may show more in future books as well.
The world is very interesting and creative. I’m not sure I will enjoy the fact that Demend needs other mates and there is no thought to male or female. I believe that is personal and may not be a concern depending on how the author works the story.
The writing was well done. I had trouble with some of the sentence structures but otherwise it was very descriptive and informative. For the first book in a series that sets up a whole world and with its length it is quite good. I will be keeping this author in mind for future reads as her writing matures.
I struggled with the rating but settled on three because of the character development but feel strongly that the author will improve with time.
Posted on Sunday, November 24th, 2013, in Book Review, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Short Story: 1-100 pages, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Grace Lynn, M/M Romance, Shifters, Short Story, Siren-Bookstrand, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.