Nov 102014
Review: DaringDaring (Pax Arcana #2) by Elliott James
Published by Orbit on Sept 23, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars


Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin.

Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar—keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind—who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile knight except one.

John Charming. Ex knight. Current werewolf. Hunted by the men who trained him, he now might be their only salvation. But animal instincts are rising up to claim John more powerfully than ever before, and he must decide if this new leader of wolves is a madman...or a messiah.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this addition to the series. I loved the first book completely, but this one is so different, it almost feels like it belongs to another series.

The story is still told from John’s point of view, and he’s still a snarky sarcastic werewolf former-Knight, but that’s pretty much all this book has in common with the first. There is a whole new set of characters, and John spends most of the book dealing with werewolves, and in particular, his own werewolf.

I think this werewolf focus may be the source as my uncertainty as I don’t usually love shifter stories without something else to back them up. In this case, events did develop in the later half of the book, but the first half was too focused on werewolves for my taste.

There is lots of paranormal goodness and action, and sarcastic humour, but something about this book just didn’t click with me the way the first one did. I enjoyed this one, I just didn’t love it like I did the first. Maybe the third one will bring back the love.

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