Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: The Holy Trinity (The Wolves of Gardwich #1) by Jane Wallace-Knight

The Holy Trinity (The Wolves of Gardwich #1)The Holy Trinity by Jane Wallace-Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: 4.5 Stars!

For a first time author creating such an interesting mix of paranormal lore and symbolism, all I can say is: WOW!

Sam Reed was born different. It's a fact he has always known and tried to hide. Abandoned as a baby, he has always felt out of place, never really knowing where he came from or why he can do the things he can.

Jackson Harcourt has long feared the day he will meet his mate. Banished from his birth pack, Jackson soon found himself in charge of a pack of outcasts and misfits, all looking for somewhere to belong. Fifty years ago, Jackson met and fell in love with a seven-hundred-year-old vampire named Alek, and together they have not only built themselves a pack, but a family.

When fate throws Sam, Jackson's true mate, into Jackson's path, Alek's ancient heart feels as though it will finally break into too many pieces to ever again be whole. As Alek prepares for the worst though, he begins to wonder if perhaps fate doesn't, truly, move in mysterious ways.

Before I begin, it is best to clarify the title: IT IS A MENAGE PEOPLE!

Now, for the story....

This was quite an interesting mix of paranormal lore and it was quite easy to see where this author was coming from.

*Nephilims have been part of biblical lore for millenia and some are quite curious about these characters. Some say they are giants and some go so far to point out the discovery of giant skeletons.

**Vampires have been part of man's folklore for countless millenia no matter what country or culture it may be. This is the same thing with werewolves.

The difference this book has compared to all the other paranormals I have read so far is that she managed to combine these lores and added a little bit of oomph to it.

Take for example Samuel's lack of stupidity and misdirected bravery or whatever else stupid reaction. Countless times I have been frustrated to read that the main characters, usually the "twink," acts just like the misdirected ideal of a twink: stupid, irresponsible, angsty, whining, etc.

Samuel is none of these. Instead his head is placed squarely on top of where it should be. He is logical, he is practical, and best of all: intelligent without being geeky.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is such a relief not to read a formulaic twink for once!

As for the story line?

Well, it was very well written and not in the least over the top. It was easy to read without stooping to 5th level grammar, the story flowed easily and frankly, it was different from the others out there in that it took a formulaic storyline one notch higher and made it unusual and unique. This is a great.... This is a fantastic prelude to a series. I cannot wait for the next installment. Although the author left the ending an HEA, there were some things left off that was just enough to tickly my curiousity.

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