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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review – Ecstasy Untamed By Pamela Palmer

Ecstasy UntamedTitle: Ecstasy Untamed: Feral Warriors, book 6

Author: Pamela Palmer

Publisher: Harper Collins

Buy link: Buy Ecstasy Untamed Here!

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell


They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . .

Shattered by recent nightmarish events, Hawke feels his bond with his animal spirit weakening—and once it breaks, he’s finished. The arrival of Faith sends his life spinning even further out of control, for although she delights him and enflames his deepest primal passions, she’s promised to Maxim, the newest Feral Warrior.

Faith is drawn to Hawke from the start, but Maxim holds her in his thrall and has secretly bent her to his malevolent will. Though gravely damaged, Hawke is the only one who can end Faith’s slavery and protect the Feral Warriors from Maxim’s evil designs. But first they both must embrace the wild . . . and surrender body and soul to a forbidden, all-consuming ecstasy.

Review :

After being rescued from the spirit trap, Hawke has lost control of the hawk that made him a Feral Warrior. His link with the hawk spirit that shared his body, and enabled him to shift form, is broken and getting weaker. If Hawke loses that link, he will die. Faith believes she is destined to be the mate of the newest Feral, Maxim. When Faith and Maxim arrive at Feral house she feels an attraction for Hawke she doesn’t feel for Maxim, but mate bonds can’t be denied. Faith calms Hawke’s bird, but with each day a new danger pushes Hawke closer to the final break with his animal and pushes Faith closer to Maxim.

Fangtastic!!! Ecstasy Untamed was the best book of the Feral Warriors series to date. I absolutely could not read it fast enough, until I neared the last few pages, and then I was sad it wasn’t longer. Hawke had always been the more laid back of the Ferals, the peacemaker, the one they came to for counsel. Now he’s very changed, and I liked the edge it gave him. He is a much darker character than before, which for me was not a bad thing. The reintroduction of the “Seventeen” back into the story was outstanding. It gave so much flavor and diversity to the book. I was totally surprised by this element of the story and Maxim’s storyline was brilliant. I was very disturbed by his replacement of the fox Feral because I was such a fan of the original, but Pamela Palmer handles that roadblock superbly, even for a diehard like myself. Faith’s character was a surprise as well. While she really didn’t fit the profile of the type of heroine I go nuts over, she won me over without to much difficulty. She was actually a really good fit for the more sedate Hawke.

One of the unique things I love about the Feral Warriors series, that even though each book focuses on a new Warrior, the story doesn’t end with their book. They continue to have major impacts on the continuing stories and their outcome. I don’t give spoilers but I will say that something happened in this book that I never expected to happen to one of the main characters of the series. Actually there were a couple of things that caught me off guard, which is great that I can still be surprised by a series I have been following for years. Ms. Palmer throws about some broad hints about what the future may hold for old and new Ferals alike. If we can take one thing away from the Ferals and the Therian people, it’s that they are a very sensual people. Hawke and Faith’s story exemplifies that in a compelling fashion. Their relationship runs the gamut, from achingly tender to grippingly animalistic. There are no valid reasons to miss out on this book. It is one of the best reads you’ll have all year.

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