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Monday, August 31, 2009

Calling The Wild by Lila Dubois

Calling The Wild by Lila Dubois
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (235 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Holly

Destiny is waiting…

Moira doesn’t know who’s hunting her, but she knows why. In her youth she unleashed a deadly force that killed everything within range—a strange power she has vowed never to use again.

Needing protection, she risks a bit of the old magic to call for backup. She gets more than she asks for. A lot more. A proud, sexually magnetic, enraged centaur who’s far from a quiet, obedient servant.

Kiron at first tries to intimidate the witch into freeing him, but she possesses more backbone than the average human. When she’s attacked again, he realizes she’s not a real witch. In fact, she’s not even human. And the sparks flying between them have nothing to do with the magical shackles that bind them together.

Curiosity grows to admiration, then to a love that in the end may not be enough to protect her. Moira’s enemies are closing in, intending to harness her power to restore a dark kingdom that has lain dormant for a thousand years.

There’s only one, heart-wrenching way out—give herself over to the full extent of her powers hoping that her true destiny lies with Kiron, and not in fulfilling a prophecy of death.

Calling The Wild is a cross country search for truth. Moira has been on the run for over a year, trying to keep the dark from taking her. She has power, but not enough to fight what’s chasing her. She performs a ritual, and calls a creature from the Wild and binds him to her to boost her power. What she gets is Kiron, a centaur, who is angry at being enslaved. He believes Moira is trying to gain power for evil reasons, and tries to keep from helping. There are several very important questions to this story, all crucial to the outcome of Moira’s story. Who or what is after Moira? What is she looking for, and where is it to be found? And most important of all, who or what is Moira?

Lila Dubois has written a compelling tale of mystery, adventure and passion for life. The central theme in this is Moira’s search for the truth of why she is being pursued and by whom. The relationship between Moira and Kiron is allowed to grow slowly, as in the beginning he mistrusts her completely, believing she is bent on doing evil. As they travel, he begins to see the strength in her, and learns more about her quest.

I found this story exciting and compelling, and couldn’t put it down. I like it when the author surprises me with an unexpected turn of events, and there were a few big surprises in this story. It does start off as a bit slow and slightly confusing, but the pace picks up quickly once Kiron comes on the scene. That Moira insists through most of the story that she is human, with human parents and a past, is an interesting twist. I wasn’t sure if it was denial or that she truly didn’t know who/what she was. They do get their happy ever after, but it is hard fought for and almost lost several times.

All in all, I recommend this to fantasy and action lovers as one terrific read.