Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Wolf of the Northern Star
SERIES: The Wolfkin Saga Book 2
AUTHOR: SJ Himes
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 369 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2017
Ghost, once known as the cub Luca, is finally home. Back among his kind and learning what it means to be both a man and a shaman, Ghost battles the expectations of his people, his family, and the pressures of a society that is both foreign and familiar. His power is greater than any seen before, dwarfing that of even the legendary Shaman Gray Shadow—and his union with Kane places him in the center of a controversy that rattles wolfkin society around the world.
Kane, greater alpha and Heir to Black Pine Clan, has finally defeated the traitor and murderer that destroyed the heart of Black Pine years before. Freed at last from guilt and pain, Kane has a new enemy to face: his own people. Placed on trial for violation of Law and blasphemy, Kane will have to fight to the death to preserve his bond with Ghost and keep his mate and people safe.
The soulbond between Ghost and Kane is forged by the creator and Goddess of the wolfkin. Usually, a sacred and treasured union that honors the pair and their clans, this soulbond is seen not as a gift, but a threat to eons of tradition and Clan Law.
The union of a Shaman and Alpha is anathema—but how to reconcile that belief when it is the wolfkin Goddess who forged it? Can Ghost and Kane save themselves, preserve their bond, and find a new future when the laws of the ancient past threaten to tear them apart?
**This book is part of a series and is not standalone. Prior books should be read to understand content. 104,000 words. Brief flashbacks of sexual assault and abuse. Mature content and violence.***
Gay Paranormal Shifter Romance
I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book. In fact, how much I love this series, the characters and the world that SJ Himes has created. There has been a long long wait between book 1 and book 2 and if like me you read Wolves of Blackpine eons ago then I would totally recommend a re-read before you start this one. There were so many small details and nuances of the story that I had forgotten but that made the second book that much richer.
The author drops you in, immerses you and then takes off running as we pick up on the story of Ghost and Kane. Nothing is how Ghost could have imagined it would be when he spent all those years dreaming of his humanity and his home. Instead of acceptance Kane and Ghost face disapproval and opposition with many of the clan leaders believing their mating to be blasphemous.
The world building was great in book 1 and continues here. There is a history that entwines through the clans today from centuries ago. Many have forgotten and no longer trust their creator but she proves time and time again through her actions and her support of Ghost that she has not forgotten her wolves. There are so many clever twists and turns, some you can see coming and some you can’t, that it is impossible to put the book down until you reach the end.
…..and what an ending!! There is still so much to come but the way it wrapped up was near perfect. I cannot wait for the next book to see what delights the author can dream up next. Honestly, if you have started this series then pick this one up and continue and if you haven’t started this series get cracking!