Author: Kethric Wilcox
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Keith Martin
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Once upon a time there was Beauty and there was the Beast. The spinners of tales would have you believe these two fell in love and lived happily ever after.
The spinners lied!
The Beast was a shifter and Beauty became a huntress and founded a long line of huntresses aided by the power of silver magic.
Kieran Belle is a descendant of the House of Beauty and a tracker who longs to live a life free of killing shifters. Aided by his father he escapes to college in Little Rock, Arkansas where he meets the boy of his dreams, Corwin Cooper.
Corwin Cooper is a descendant of a clan of shifters, who has never shifted himself. Having finally decided to go to college, Corwin arrives and meets the mate his inner wolf cries out to claim for his own in Kieran Belle.
Ancient prophecy says Kieran is destined to become the legendary Silver Hunter. Dark forces seek to derail prophecy and end the House of Beauty. Can a child of the shifter-hunting House of Beauty and a descendant of shifters find love and happiness or will dark forces and opposing heritage tear them apart?
Kethric Wilcox is a new to me and a new author. This is his first book and I have to say, it shows. He could benefit from the coaching of a seasoned author and could definitely use the services of a professional editor. I struggled sometimes to understand the writing because there was a great lack/misuse of punctuation.
However, I really enjoyed this twist on the legend of beauty and the beast. It was unique and not exactly what I was expecting. There was great world building and I love the different magical elements. I enjoyed the idea of trackers, huntresses, good shifters, and evil shifters. I really like that there was a bit of plot to keep me guessing. I was really pulled in. I liked that the villain remained off page as there is so much potential for this master to be developed. The ending left things set up nicely for book two without being a traditional cliff hanger. I am looking forward to more.
The relationship between Cory and Kieran felt a bit over the top perfect and sappy. The word choices used for descriptions were flowery and often times very feminine. This union felt forced because everything was always so perfect when they were together and there was so much talk of soul mates and love. It was more telling than showing, though there was some showing that was done well.
I purchased this one on a whim, but after reading it, I decided to write up a formal review because I think this author has great potential. This story was very creative and well thought out. With the help of a good editor/beta reader/seasoned author, I think this story could have been great and Mr. Wilcox could be very successful in the future.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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