By Konstantina P.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
“Steven stood in the middle of the corpse-sown field and watched them walk away, desperately wanting to reach out but knowing that if he did, he’d risk losing her forever.”
In the middle of the war between two powerful species that revealed the supernatural world to Humans, two people try to find their place among their kind and with each other while battling not only the circumstances, but their own nature too.
Steven -a Werewolf Prince- inherited his Alpha powers after murdering a rabid wolf but in doing so he disrupted the equilibrium inside his family´s pack where the power should pass from mother to daughter. Now, with both him and his sister Jen being Alphas and laden with guilt, Steven has to keep his head down and follow orders; play the good soldier in a war he detests.
When Jen sends him on a mission that will take him and his pack out of pack land for the first time, he finds Cora -the Magic Princess- born the first year of the war and believed to be the most powerful Magic that has ever walked the earth. The Anders Werewolves though cannot survive long outside their land and Jen hates Magics with passion after they kidnapped and killed her mate. Wolves mate for life so, determined to take her revenge, Jen leaves her brother to struggle with his own morality; save a girl who has spend her entire life being tortured by her own people or keep quiet and maintain his position at his sister´s side, keeping their people united?
WolfHeart by Konstantina P. is as a fantasy/romance novel where werewolves, “magics” and humans live together in a post-apocalyptic world. Here, kingdoms have taken the place of countries and society as the world once knew it has reverted back to the dark ages.
This story starts out strong, introducing the reader to Steven, a reluctant alpha and brother to the Queen. The Queen sends Steven on a mission to capture the Magic Princess, who is rumored to possess unimaginable powers; she is to be used as leverage in an ongoing peace treaty.
Little do the werewolves know that Cora, the Magic Princess has been wrongly imprisoned by her father who blames her for her mother’s death. Are the creatures who abruptly barge into her confinement her saviors or another form of captivity?
And so our story begins.
Overall, I like the idea of this story and the plot is pretty solid. My only real criticism is with the character development and that leads to making it difficult to connect to our main characters of Steven and Cora.
Steven I understand has a conflict, he shouldn’t be an alpha but due to taking the life of another alpha he has become one; this leads to conflict with his sister Jen, the packs true alpha and queen. I get that. Siblings will butt heads at the best of time, add in that they become competing alphas and well, they can become real….buttheads!
Cora on the other hand comes across to me as a confused young woman who pings off the walls emotionally. I rarely understood why she would go from one emotional extreme to another at the drop of the hat, often with little or no real provocation.
This young Magic Princess has been mistreated and held captive for years; not just by her own father but by Steven’s pack who captures her. She goes from mild, meek, and apparently despondent one moment to close to hysterically pissed off without warning…it just doesn’t make sense to me and doesn’t feel genuine when she does lash out. Rather than coming across as strong she comes across as…hmmmm….immature. I think that’s it, and that’s tough to overcome with a main character.
Steven’s outbursts of anger or resentment I can sometimes understand. He doesn’t like the fact that he is attracted to this “Magic”, so…he fights the attraction. Still, the outbursts from the characters when they happen don’t feel genuinely fueled by any event or emotion, leaving the outburst to feel….awkward, particularly within the relationship between Steven and Cora. To me, their relationship felt more dysfunctional than romantic and definitely needed more development.
Okay, now that the criticisms are out of the way I can talk about what I did like and that is this post-apocalyptic world that the author created. Granted, I would have liked more description of this world throughout the story but that’s just how I am. I love description so sue me.
Konstantina P., also did a good job with the mythology of the werewolves; no real curve balls are thrown there so it’s easy for the reader to accept these mythological creatures. Yet, there is just enough that is different, such as absorbing the powers of the werewolf Steven kills that results in his transitioning from Beta to Alpha. That was a nice change to throw in that was perfectly plausible.
The tertiary characters, Steven’s buddies, were also enjoyable. But, in saying this I have to also add that many times the relationship between Steven and his buds felt more developed than any of the other relationships Steven has. I honestly connected more with his buddies than I did with anyone else. They made the story enjoyable due to their dialogue and camaraderie.
So, would I recommend this book? Sure. It’s a quick read and I think it’s a good effort from this author as a debut novel. While there is certainly room to grow for this author (who doesn’t have room to grow?), I am confident each novel will get better with time. Pick this one up for the story itself, not so much for the romance quotient and let me know what you think as well.
I give this one 3 out of 5 howls!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Konstantina likes to think her writing skills are diverse as she jumps from author to playwright with ease. Her debut novel “WolfHeart”, a new adult, paranormal romance, was published on November 2017. She was born in 1988 in Korinthos, Greece and soon after her family moved to Lefkada where she grew up until 2006, when she relocated to Athens for her studies. She has a BSc in Physics, a MSc in Materials Science and currently she is studying for her PhD. In 2013, she got her Diploma in Scriptwriting for TV, Film, Stage, Radio. Her second novel, “Don’t Let Go”, a contemporary romance, will be out on April 23rd by Limitless Publishing, LLC.
2018: “Dear Friend”, Short Story, published in “Letters Never Meant to be Read Vol. 3” anthology, Rusty Wheels Media – Author
2017: “WolfHeart”, New Adult Paranormal Romance Novel, Kindle and Paperback – Author
2017: “I wish you had stayed”, Short story, published in 100 Voices Vol. 2 Anthology, Centum Press – Author
2015: “The circle of life”, Short Narrative, “Foteinos” Cultural Association, read as an exordium during summer celebratory events at Lefkada – Author
2014: “Years in the Dark”, Play, “Foteinos” Cultural Association, performed at Lefkada during memory and honour day dedicated to the 1973 student uprising – Playwright
2013: “Years in the Dark”, Play, 4th Elementary, performed at Lefkada during memory and honour day dedicated to the 1973 student uprising – Playwright
2012: “Barrels”, Short Play, “Foteinos” Cultural Association, performed at the opening ceremony of the International Folklore Festival of Lefkada, performed at a folklore show at Patra – Playwright
2011: “St. John”, Short Play, “Foteinos” Cultural Association, performed during Saint John’s festivities at Lefkada – Playwright