Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Blast, eARC Review, #Excerpt & #Giveaway: Ilya and the Wolf by Rory Ni Coileain

Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing, back when Respectable Colleges didn't offer such a major, so she designed it herself - being careful to ensure that she never had to take a class before nine in the morning or take a Hemingway survey course. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, sent off her first short story to an anthology being assembled by an author she idolized, got shot down in flames, and found other things to do, such as nightclub singing, for the next thirty years or so, until her stories started whispering to her. Now she's a lawyer, a legal editor, an Irish dance teacher, the mother of a teenaged son, and amanuensis to a host of fantastic creatures who are all anxious to tell their stories.

Book Name: Ilya and the Wolf
Author Name: Rory Ni Coileain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Ilya, the youngest son of a Moscow oligarch, is so deep in the closet he’d find Narnia if that weren’t a decadent Western story. On Christmas Eve, his brothers lure him into the forest, intending to murder him and erase the shame he inflicts on their family by existing. However, the attempt is interrupted by Volyk, a wolf who carries the blood of the ancient oboroten’ —shapeshifters. Ilya never imagined a Christmas gift like the handsome wolf, but accepting what Volyk offers will have consequences that change both of their lives forever. 
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package Celebrate! 


And the angel said unto them, be not afraid...

Ilya was not afraid. Enraptured, yes. Entranced. But not afraid. He had been ready for death when he closed his eyes in the wolf’s embrace. Instead, he was whole, and awake, and in the arms of a man more handsome than any angel. Volyk’s long thick hair was the brown and gray of the wolf’s pelt, his cheekbones angular, his lips full. And his eyes were the same beautiful fiery amber as the wolf’s.

Maybe he had only dreamed the wolf. Or maybe he was still dreaming. Surely he had done nothing in his life to earn the gift this moment would be if it were real.

Tour Dates: December 15th, 2014

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Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3 of 4 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read)

The story has an almost fairy tale feel to it, even when it turned violent. This is the story of how one young man, Ilya, is betrayed by his brothers and left for dead. Found by a wolf whose blood carried the oboroten gene, Ilya is turned into a shape shifter, but not without danger to Volyk who only turns into human form when within the confines of the magical cave. 

This was a very fast read and it left me wanting. I wanted more background, I wanted more of the story behind the oboroten lore, and I wanted more about what led the brothers to do what they did. I have too many questions. 

Interesting enough, I got caught in the web spun by this author and this surprises me so that means I got entertained. Volyk and Ilya are interesting characters but I want to know more about their future. If only I can be guaranteed a read of a sequel then I would be very satisfied. 

Rafflecopter Prize: E-copy of Ilya and the Wolf

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