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"a unique dark paranormal romance with fantasy overtones"

Venge Leidolf is a hellhound, formerly trapped in the kennel of an evil witch. We were introduced to Venge in Devoti's first Nocturne, Unbound, when we saw his father having to make some hard choices regarding the young man in order to save his life.

Venge didn't know about those hard choices. He thought his father was as evil as Lusse. Ever since he escaped, the desire to get even has motivated him. When the magical horn that used to summon the Wild Hunt lures him to a remote town along with many other hellhounds, he conceives of a plan to finally get his revenge on dear ole Dad.

What he didn't count on was the presence of the alluring female Geysa along with some other women, who seem to be monitoring the hounds for no reason Venge can determine. Geysa, in actuality, is a Valkerie, enemy of hellhounds, whose mother was murdered the last time the Wild Hunt ran free. Since then, the Valkerie have hidden the horn from the dreadful ErlKing. But now it's loose and the Wild Hunt looks set to reconvene. What can Geysa do to stop it, especially when she realizes not all hellhounds are the same? In fact, a certain hellhound might be worth loving, even if he's convinced no one in the world could ever love him.

The first thing that struck me about this book was the worldbuilding. It's...big, for lack of a better word. Valkeries, Norns, ErlKings, Hellhounds, Witches, Guardians, and all sorts of other creatures populate the pages of Devoti's imagination. On one hand, the work reminds me of the Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark series, but on the other, it's more streamlined.

In this book, we experience one world, but there are references to other worlds and places without ponderous explanations of how one transfers from world to world, how they differ, and so on. Devoti does a good job of giving just enough information without overwhelming. As I understand it, word count in Silhouette Nocturnes is roughly 75,000, and I felt like the author made the right choices of how to use those words. Some readers may find the worldbuilding light on detail, and some will find the balance true.

The romance between the hero and heroine moves at a rapid clip. At first their infatuation and lust are believable, express- laned by a bit of a contrivance involving Valkerie allure, but for me they didn't spend quite enough time together to form the bond they had by the end of the story. I did think they were written as complementary without being total opposites, and that spoke well for their future as a couple. All plot threads weren't tied up in a pretty and unearned bow by the end, but the culmination satisfied me as to Venge and Geysa's part of Devoti's overarching mythos.

Devoti also wove in references to past and possible future protagonists that felt organic instead of forced, deepening the impression of the "bigness" of this series and its inhabitants. It is not necessary to have read previous books (Unbound, Guardian's Keep) to appreciate Wild Hunt, yet the text does not needlessly rehash common information. I would label this as a unique dark paranormal romance with fantasy overtones -- a lot of enjoyable genre- mashing going on here. I would not hesitate to read Devoti's other work, but I already have and know I liked it, so that's a safe bet.

Reviewed by: Jody Wallace, author

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 9, 2008

SUMMARY

Natural enemies–hellhound and Valkyrie–their alliance made them more powerful than anyone could anticipate…

Alongside his hellhound brethren, Venge Leidolf was summoned to start the Wild Hunt anew. But in this dreaded pursuit of souls, Venge sought to free himself from his infernal bondage–by claiming the heart of a fierce Valkyrie…

Geysa never questioned the alluring gifts that set her apart from the other Valkyries, or her hatred of hellhounds–until Venge fell under her spell. Drawing the alpha hellhound so close made Geysa doubt her every instinct. To stop the Hunt, the two blood-born enemies would need to cast aside old vows and allegiances. Only then could no one question the strength of their union…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter, Fantasy

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Wild Hunt
(Unbound: Book 3)
by Lori Devoti

Silhouette (Nocturne)
June 1, 2008
Available: June 1, 2008
ISBN #0373617887
EAN #9780373617883
288 pages
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Lori Devoti

Christmas with a Vampire
Zombie Moon
Amazon Queen
The Hellhound King
Lured
Amazon Ink
Midnight Cravings
Dark Crusade
Holiday With A Vampire II
Captured
Guardian's Keep
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