Review: Kris Sawyer – Cursed (Alpha’s Warlock #1)

Author: Kris Sawyer
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Self-pub
Genre: Paranormal

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:

Clyde Barrington is a werewolf with a curse on his head. Every night, he shifts from human to wolf and lives the life of a lonely predator, never fully accepted by his pack. When he saves a handsome stranger from a fire, everything changes.

In a world divided by the ancient feud between werewolves and warlocks, Clyde and Terry must learn to trust each other. When wolves start to disappear, their bond is tested by the fear of a pack now balanced on the edge of destruction.

Amidst a web of lies, deceits and betrayals, Clyde must decide where his loyalties lie, and choose between a forbidden love and the ties that bind him to his brothers. Is Terry an enemy to the pack, or the saviour that will lead them out of the darkness?

Review:

Clyde is a werewolf who shifts to wolf form every night, moon or not, due to a curse put on him. Terry is warlock, who left his former home to start a new life, but cannot fully leave behind the fact that people he is related to are also players in a feud between the wolves and warlocks.

I did find this book a bit challenging to get into at first and connect with the characters, particularly Terry as I found some of his actions and dialogue a bit stilted for me. However, after putting the book down for a bit, when I returned to it, I found I could get into the rhythm of the story. I would describe the story as more of a slow build for the pace and plot. Although I still have a soft spot for Clyde, I did like how the relationship developed between the two main characters so you do find yourself caring about and cheering for both men.

There are also a few plot points going on for the length of the book, however, it is also the first of a series, so chances are, this book is introducing all the aspects to be explored in the series. There is a lot of action and there are some really beautiful moments of prose, although there is some dialogue and plot events that do not flow as well. As a reader, I kept reminding myself that this was the first of a series, so it is about the world building and introducing the characters and as a result, I was able to enjoy the action that went with the progress of the story. Despite the level of action and various plot points, I was still able to keep track of the story and did not find it difficult to follow, you just wanted more detail!

The ending felt like it came a bit fast, but I do think that is because the author wanted a very specific place to launch the next story and hopefully the next one explores even more of their backgrounds as well as their relationship. If you like shifter stories, and ones that take a different perspective on the shifter/magic story, I believe you will like this story. And if take the chance on it, the second story sounds like it is coming out pretty soon so you can keep reading!

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