by Kia Carrington-Russell
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Crystal Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 179 pages
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Sia is a Phantom Wolf.
Neither dead nor alive—and rotting from the inside—she is on the edge of
her curse. Once a Phantom Wolf has been created, they hunt their blood
pack and slaughter all their loved ones. Except for Sia, who woke years
after her death to find herself rampaging through the land on a lonely
path. She continues to run from the rival pack that hunts her because
she is a Phantom Wolf. Attracted to a scent, Sia finds her old best
friend, who is now a grown woman. Having once saved Keeley, Sia takes
the role of protector yet again, despite Keeley’s involvement with the
mysterious Alpha, Kiba, and his kin brother, Saith. An ambush separates
the pack and the four of them blindly fight the new warriors that attack
them: desperately needing to find out where the attacks are coming
from, as Sia has vowed to protect Keeley. But at what cost? Now being
chased, Sia finds herself conflicted by the mortal and spirit world
while trying to protect her kin. Sia must confront her fears, as well as
the human lover who killed her many years before. It is not only
survival Sia contends with, but her own façade that must be broken so
that she may find peace within herself once more.
Phantom Wolf by Kia Carrington-Russell
Sia’s last day alive on Earth was a living nightmare. Her pack and her family are slaughtered and she must run with her weaker friend, Keeley. Cornered, she will do anything to save her young friend; protectiveness is in her young warrior’s blood. Betrayed by the human boy she loved, the hatred in his eyes is the last thing she sees. Her murder has cursed her, she now straddles the edge of the living and the dead, not alive, not dead, but trapped in an in-between. Now a feared enemy of other wolf packs, her lonely existence nearly breaks her until the day she finds a grown Keeley and a wolf Prince whose hackles rise whenever she is around. Their lives are in danger as history prepares to repeat itself, but will anyone learn to trust her enough to listen before lives are brutally taken again? It may fall to Sia to protect them, and the only plus is her chance to avenge her own death. Will she find a final peace or is she cursed to continue on a path of pain that will end when her body finally shrivels in its own macabre death.
Phantom Wolf by Kia Carrington-Russell is a journey into a slightly different kind of paranormal romance and fantasy. Through the eyes and pen of this author, we are given a heartbreaking story of horror and betrayal tempered by love from beyond the grave and the thrill of a possible love among the living, forbidden or not. She has created a very strong character in Sia who does not wallow in self-pity as she questions why she continues to exist between planes.
I found I became invested in this tale, rooting for and worrying about its characters, while feeling disgust and repulsion towards the narrow-minded villains. Not only is this a story of redemption, but another example of the evils men will go to when they fear the unknown. Entertaining and a quick read, the pace changes elevate the sense of danger and urgency, as well as the blossoming of young love.