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Wolves of Black Pine (The Wolfkin Saga #1) by S.J. Himes

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An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war.

Peaceful for thousands of years, the wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes. Among the dead is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans, but he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.

Heir to the wolfkin clan Black Pine, Kane is charged with hunting down the traitors who them to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.

Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining, though the reunion does not come without cost…

150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.


Review by Beth

I read this book when it first came out and enjoyed it then. I reread it for the 2nd book in the series coming out and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time. This is the story of Ghost and Kane, as well as a solid description of the worlds they live in. SJ Himes is a great story teller. She weaves a world where you become invested with all of her characters. I love how Ghost just suddenly decides he wants to go somewhere and doors just unlock as he thinks about it. I also love how they explain that Kane knows in his head theat Luca is dead, but his heart says he is alive!

There is a lot of lead up story as you get to know the characters. For me I love that. It lets you become invested even before the 2 MC’s come together. Once together, Ghost and Kane just work so well together. You don’t get much in the angst or uncertainty I’ve read in recent books. They seem to know who they are, who they want and accept each other no questions asked.

All of the secondary characters just enrich the story more! Being Wolfkin there are a lot of strong personalities and they blend together really well.

Definitely a 5 star read!

Review by Dee

This is one of those books that you take your time with and savour. It is long, well written with something for most, (world building, drama, angst, romance), as well as some uncomfortable bits (child abuse, rape). While I’m not a fan of any type of unpleasantness, (especially abuse, angst), the incidences were integral to the story. The entire story was well done enough that I was able to keep going.
Kane and Luca (Ghost) go through a lot while apart and when they get together. Many of the other characters – even the bad guys – get to have a point of view. All told, this is a unique shifter epic that keeps you engaged to the end.
I read this on KU but purchased when it went on sale because I wanted to reread it before starting on book 2.

4 of 5 stars



Review by Morgan

This is a very long, dark, complex and well drawn paranormal story that has some romantic elements. I would not classify this as a “romance” because – though it is important – most of the story is not about our two MCs falling in love – that’s the least of their troubles. Instead, our MCs lives have to run in different directions and through a lot of treacherous obstacles before they can even intersect.

The world-building is amazing and meticulous. The cast of characters is complex and long and each plays an important role in the story.

When it comes time for it, the chemistry between Kane and Ghost leads to explosive passion that is worth all the lead-up.

I found the magic and the fantasy to be enthralling, and the story to be intriguing. It was, however, amazingly dark and brutal at times – so be warned – there is nothing “light” about this.

As a work of gay, paranormal, romantic fiction I found this to be excellent – but I wouldn’t call it a romance – so that should be in the back of your mind when considering this.


4 of 5 stars


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