Saturday 16 November 2019

Book Review: The Wolf and the Sparrow by Isabelle Adler (Fantasy/LGBT)

Title: The Wolf and the Sparrow
Author: Isabelle Adler
NineStar Press

Publication Date: 25 November 2019
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley

Derek never wished to inherit his title as a result of a bloody battle. With the old count dead and the truce dependent on his marriage to the rival duke’s son, Derek has no choice but to agree to the victor’s terms in order to bring peace to his homeland. When he learns of the sinister rumors surrounding his intended groom, Derek begins to have doubts—but there can be no turning back from saying I do.

After the death of his wife, Callan of Mulberny never expected to be forced into another political marriage—especially not to someone like the new Count of Camria. Seemingly soft and meek, it’s only fitting that Derek’s family crest is a flighty sparrow, worthy of nothing but contempt.

Another war with the seafaring people of the Outer Isles looms on the horizon, and the reluctant newlyweds must team together to protect those caught in the circle of violence. Derek and Callan slowly learn to let go of their prejudices, but as they find themselves enmeshed in intrigue fueled by dark secrets and revenge, their tentative bond is all that keeps their world—and their lives—from plunging into chaos. 

The Wolf and the Sparrow was an enjoyable read. I liked the premise and the characters. (Though I confess it took me a while to take Derek seriously. Just something about that name in a fantasy setting, I guess.) The story moved along at a decent pace that kept me turning the pages, and the enemies-to-lovers theme worked well on the whole. The main niggle I had was the world building, as I would have liked to have gotten to know more about the kingdoms and the background to the world and the magic elements than I did. So, at the end of the day, this was a pleasing, light read that I enjoyed, but it didn't completely blow me away. I'd give it 3.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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