Monday, December 22, 2014

Sia by Kia Carrington-Russell (The Phantom Wolf, #2)

by Kia Carrington-Russell

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Phantom Wolf - Book 2
Publication Date: December 4, 2014
Publisher: Crystal Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 234 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes& Noble


Eighteen years have now passed since the Phantom Wolf, Sia, faced her greatest challenge when she was forced to kill her lover, Kiba—the rightful heir to the throne. Sia murdered the dishonorable King Taleb for his transgressions before resting in peace among her Spirit Pack.

Saith and Keeley now rule over the Kingdom, endeavoring to restore peace and allegiance throughout the land. Their actions are clouded in secrecy so that their daughter—whom they named Sia—should remain protected and unaware. But what are they preparing for?

Sia, now almost eighteen years of age, must face her own journey to discover the mysteries her world has to offer. In order to uncover her true potential, Sia must confront her feelings for Trim. When her name is called, she sees him cringe as he remembers the love he once held for the Great Phantom Wolf before her.

Mistrust and lies decay the Kingdom’s solidarity. Sia’s curiosity is piqued by the fear that shadows all wolves: the threat of the humans. So what happens when she comes across one?

My Review
Sia by Kia Carrington-Russell

The fierce and brave Phantom Wolf, Sia is gone, at peace with her spirit pack. The new King and Queen have worked hard to restore the peace that was shattered long ago. Their daughter, Sia’s namesake is now approaching eighteen, sheltered from the ugly side of life; she has been protected by the fierce warrior Trim. Scarred and blinded in one eye in the battle that ended the Phantom Wolf’s wandering, he has been the sometimes intolerant, but constant shadow to young Sia.

The peace is being threatened again and there are plans afoot that are being kept from Sia. As a warrior, she is skilled, but too small to be effective. Is she to become part of a political assignation? Is she an unknowing pawn or will Sia discover what everyone else knows? Sia is changing, she doesn’t understand what is happening . Will she become as great as her namesake or are these changes an omen? What of her feelings for Trim? Is what her heart feels, a crush? Hero worship? Or is it a true love that will not be satisfied by anyone else.

When she meets the most feared enemy of the wolves, she finds that her world has been too small, too sheltered and too full of misconceptions. Humans have the same loyalties, emotions and fears as the wolves, but how can one find a way to tear down this barrier?

Kia Carrington-Russell’s Sia is a wonderful compliment to this series with a brief background sketch of previous events to set the stage here, this young Sia is just as unsure, just as brave and determined as the Phantom Wolf. Ms. Carrington-Russell has once again stretched the boundaries of fantasy by presenting her wolves with deep emotional ties, deep treachery and deep prejudices that parallel the feelings of the humans. But should they fear each other? Ms. Carrington-Russell has handled the tentative and new relationship between Sia, Trim and a couple of young humans with perfect detail and clarity. Will she allow this Sia to help bring understanding between wolves and humans? Wonderful dialogue, a great depiction of a teen wolf and an enchanting tale highlight Sia’s story.

I received this copy from Kia Carrington-Russell in exchange for my honest review.

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