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"a thrilling fantasy story of love and betrayal"

Seven years ago, Selkie princess Finora decided to see what life on land was like. Unfortunately, she met a man and the moon was full and the next thing you know, he stole her skin and she's bore him two children. Then the man went and died on her, neglecting to let her know where her skin was hidden, of course. All those years, she's searched for her skin, but was unable to find it. So she's been stuck on land with the song of the sea still in her heart. Her life hasn't been too bad though. At least she's made friends in the village and she has her two half-human to raise. That doesn't mean she's stopped looking for her skin though.

Meanwhile, Trystan is traveling to Finora's home along with two companions—a wolf, Niadh, and an eagle. Trystan's traveling companions are not normal animals however, for Trystan is a werewolf Guardian and Niadh is his mentor. Trystan has a mental bond with both the wolf and the eagle and he can speak with them mentally. The reason Trystan is in a ship is because he was sent to find the Guardians who disappeared from his homeland in the Highland. The particular Guardians Trystan is searching for are not werewolves—these are dragon shape shifters.

When a particularly nasty storm hits, Finora does what she always does and uses both her dog and her mer friend to rescue anyone from the wreckage she can. Well, the one person she manages to rescue is not human. Turns out he's a werewolf shape shifter. In order to keep the villagers from finding out what he is, Finora takes him and his wolf to her own home—the lighthouse. The attraction between the two cannot be denied and so they enter into an arrangement—as long as Trystan is in the village, they will be lovers. Trystan also gets along very well with Finora's children. And so the two of them try to find the dragon in Finora's village.

Will they find the dragon? Why did the dragon—or dragons— leave the Highlands? Why did they settle here? Will Finora ever find her skin? Will she go back to the sea, forsaking her children? Will Trystan leave Finora if and when he finds his Guardian?

GUARDIANS OF LIGHT BOOK 3: LYCAN TIDES is an excellent story. Renee Wildes does a wonderful job of bringing the people and times to vivid life in this thrilling fantasy story of love and betrayal. And believe me, there are betrayals aplenty in this story, more than enough plot to really keep me reading. And the way Trystan helps Finora deal with her pain of being kept from her home in the sea is truly heartwarming. The bond between these two just keeps getting stronger the longer they are together. Finora is left wondering if she really wants to help Trystan or not since once he has what he came for, he will leave her and she doesn't want him to go, nor do her children. All in all, a story I very highly recommend. I can't wait to see where Renee Wildes takes this series next!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 2, 2010

SUMMARY

Giving in to the lure of passion could lead to disaster…

Guardians of Light, Book 3

Selkie princess Finora is all too familiar with betrayal. Betrayal by her curiosity, which led her from the sea. By her body, which yielded to a handsome human under the full moon. By the human, who hid her skin and took its location with him to his grave. After seven years of searching, she no longer believes in miracles.

Trystan is a werewolf on a mission to find and return dragons to his homeland. He follows a slim lead westward across an unfamiliar sea. Gravely wounded in a pirate attack, his ship foundered in a storm and sinking fast, he comes face to face with the most unexpected rescuers—Finora and her two half-human children.

Selkie and werewolf. Both creatures ruled by the moon. The attraction is instant, mutual, undeniable…and impossible. Trystan is destined to return to the mountains and Finora can’t leave the sea. Their only gift to each other is one night of searing passion—which could lead to the greatest betrayal of all…

Genre: Fantasy Romance, Shapeshifter, Selkies
Length: Novel

Warning: Contains searing passion, bitter betrayal, hard choices, seven-year curses, and lost seal skins. Throw in an impending selkie war and one wicked ship-wrecking storm. Add a cranky sea-goddess, soul-stealing dragons, interfering mermaids, and children in peril.

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Lycan Tides
(Guardians of Light: Book 3)
by Renee Wildes

Samhain Publishing
July 1, 2009
Available: July 14, 2009
ISBN #160504623X
EAN #9781605046235
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