|Posted by Clarrissa Lee Moon on June 3, 2011 at 4:27 AM|
3 1/2 ***’ STARS
Book: Nightwolves Siren’s Song
Author: Clarissa Lee Moon
Publisher: CreateSpace (this should be World Castle Publishing now)
Genre: Urban Fantasy (vamps, weres, spirits, and other supernatural beings)
Rating: Mature Alternative Lifestyle
Nightwolves Siren’s Song is the third installment in the Memoirs of the Nightwolves series. In this book, the members of the Nightwolves Coalition continue their missions to close portals that have opened on Earth from worlds that contain violent supernatural beings and to make treaties with the beings of peaceful worlds. These missions have become more difficult because those who wield the dark majicks have now learned how to successfully cloak the portals.
The mercenary/majickal coven leader Catrina “Cat” Garcia has recovered from the wounds, both physical and spiritual, that she suffered during her capture in the previous book. She leads her coven along with the Special Forces teams to detect and neutralize new portals as they open. She is also discovering a new sense of happiness now that she has been united with all of her mates. In fact, her new found happiness causes several members of her coven, her sister Cassie in particular, to question whether or not she’s lost her edge and gone soft.
Cat proves that she’s still able to keep her perspective on their goals, and that her fighting edge and leadership skills have not been dulled by her newfound happiness. However, Cat’s happiness is short-lived as the Nightwolves Coalition face new threats from the evil General Robertson, whom we find out has been placing dark practitioners in key positions in the government, politics, and the military, in order to take over the country, and then the world. In addition, the evil general has been kidnapping supernatural beings in order to perform horrendous experiments on them.
Cat also has to deal with the difficulties of her children. Her eldest son, Christophe, has received the call to go on a quest to find his mate, but he is subsequently kidnapped during the quest. Her middle son, Crimson unknowingly ends up dating a dark witch who turns him into a panther, when she is unable to use him to get to his mother and the other Nightwolves. While trying to protect her youngest son by taking him on a mission that she thinks will be the less dangerous of two possible missions, he ends up becoming the pack leader of a pack of werewolves at the tender age of 17. In addition to all this, she is dealing with her Witch with a capital B birth mother who strives to demean and control Cat every time she visits. The final blow is when Cat is cursed by a Voodoo priestess. She has dealt with all the challenges with strength and courage; however, the curse may be too much for her to overcome as her energy, both physical and spiritual, has been depleted during the many difficult missions they’ve faced in a short amount of time. What will Cat’s fate be? If she is unable to overcome the curse, will the Nightwolves Coalition be able to continue without her?
The prologue of this book is exactly the same as the prologue for the first two books. So, those who have read either book in the series can skip it. This story starts out a little slower than the first two books; however, once the action starts, the pace gets better. No editing issues were noted. Unlike the first books, there are no sex scenes in this story. Although, there are some allusions to plans with her mates after they finish the current missions. So, unfortunately, I didn’t really get to see how Cat handles the logistics of having six mates as I had anticipated I would after reading book two. As usual, Cat speaks frequently about religion, politics, etc. It can sometimes get annoying, perhaps because this story, like the first two, is written in first person. However, I liked the way the author ties in explanations of relatively current events into her talks, for example, the molestation charges brought against Catholic priests, Hurricane Katrina, and the fairly recent Gulf oil spills. She also ties in other myths and legends into her magickal world such as Voodoo, the Druids, and the Crystal Skulls which is also nice. My major disappointment with this story is that it ends in a complete and total cliffhanger. I was utterly unprepared for a cliffhanger, since the first two books didn’t end in cliffhangers.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to reading book four in the series, Nightwolves Dawn to Dusk. I have to know what Cat’s fate will be in regards to the Voodoo curse that has been placed on her. This was a pretty good continuation of the series, but I’d like to see more dialogue and action, with a little less of Cat’s thoughts and constant explanations in future books, unless she’s actually explaining to other characters rather than just giving information to the reader. At this point, if readers enjoyed books one and two, they’ll probably enjoy book three as well. I know I did. This book could stand alone; however, it would be more enjoyable and understandable if the first two books are read prior to reading this one.
Review By Tasheka Gipson
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team