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ARC Review: Lord of the Wolfyn (Royal House of Shadows #3) by Jessica Andersen

ARC Review: Lord of the Wolfyn (Royal House of Shadows #3) by Jessica Andersen

by davincikittieOctober 14, 2011

TLDR recap:

It has been 20 years since Dayn was trapped in the Wolfyn realm by a devastating attack that left his family broken scattered to the corners of the Realms by the evil Blood Sorcerer.  Twenty years of hiding his true nature and of dreaming of the woman would would soon arrive and guide him back to Elden to retake his family’s castle.  Reda has has never felt worse in her life: her partner dead due to her own hesitation, her family distant and not offering emotional support, and she is strangely obsessed with an old manuscript gifted to her by her mother… the original story of Red Riding Hood.  As their destinies converge,  Dayn and Reda must work together to save Elden before time runs out and they both lose everything.  This is a GraveTells “must read” book!

  • Title: Lord of the Wolfyn
  • Series: Royal House of Shadows – book #3
  • Author: Jessica Andersen
  • Prominent Characters: Dayn, Reda
  • Recommended reader age: 16+
  • Sexual content level: moderate



Each book in this series gives us a more thorough glimpse of what happened that fateful day when the Blood Sorcerer attacked the royal house of Elden and took their lands in a bloody, relentless invasion.  In Lord of the Wolfyn, we learn more about Elden and the surrounding realms, including how they connect to the human world.  Thanks to regular peripheral interactions with humans and their technology, Dayn and the Wolfyn have adopted some human slang and speech patterns, giving the prince an appealing feel of regal and proper peppered with modern and urban.

Dayn is not your average alpha male hero, despite being a vampire fairy tale prince living among werewolves.  He’s sweet and gentle but also decisive and take charge.  He has no delusions of grandeur or taking over the world – he just wants his family back, and he wants revenge on the one who slaughtered his parents and their people.  I like that Dayn, while strong and capable, doesn’t suddenly transform into a superhero and magically rise from the brink of destruction to save the day.  That’s been done to… well, death… and it’s nice to see some deviation in the action scenes while still staying within the bounds of the paranormal romance story structure.

Reda, likewise, does not just blindly accept the existence of vampires or the reality of how that affects her relationship with Dayn.  She does a lot of thinking.  Possibly a little too much for the story arc to flow smoothly and move along swiftly, but it does add some cute and tender moments between the two of them as Dayn starts to learn her habits and comment on it.  Reda brings a different kind of strength to the heroine role: she is courageous without realizing it and is determined to follow through on this strange quest even though she thinks she might be a little crazy.

The relationship between Reda and Dayn is extremely well-written, as are the steamy scenes.  The tenderness, the passion, the connection, the physicality… it’s all there without coming across as lewd, scandalous, or voyeuristic.

And finally, the action is about to start!  We’ve waited three books to see the siblings back together, reclaiming what is rightfully theirs, and the ending of Lord of the Wolfyn does not disappoint!  It teases the next book just enough, while still giving the readers a satisfying conclusion to Dayn and Reda’s story.


Memorable quotes:

More than meets the eye…

It would make the perfect backdrop for him to pull out the three-foot-high grim reaper statue that was locked in a glass case behind the register at the back of the store, and which she’d bet a hundred bucks converted, Transformer-like, into a giant bug.


Punked. I’m not even joking.

“Don’t even joke about that.”

“Who’s joking?”  She wasn’t kidding around; she was confused as all hell.  “Wait.  Am I being Punked?”


On bravery…

She glanced down at their linked hands.  “I’m not brave.”

“Being brave isn’t about being unafraid.  It’s about functioning through the fear.”


Oz 2.0:

“I didn’t know where you were,” she said in answer to the witch’s question, “but I was thinking about the scene where the wicked witch gets it, and wondering if I could get a vortex to drop a house on you.”


If you liked Lord of the Wolfyn of the Royal House of Shadows series…

If you enjoyed Lord of the Wolfyn for its magical world, fast pacing, compelling characters, and steamy chemistry between the main couple, you might also enjoy the Feral Warrior series (starting with Desire Untamed) by Pamela Palmer.  The world of the Ferals is full of magic, intrigue, betrayal, and fierce passion.  Keep your eye out for the GraveTells ARC review of the 6th book in the series, Ecstasy Untamed, releasing on October 18th.

If you enjoyed Lord of the Wolfyn for the strength and tenderness of the hero and the bravery and dedication of the heroine, you might enjoy Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series (starting with Slave to Sensation).  The Changelings do not discriminate based on sex (meaning males and females can be alphas and soldiers) and are incredibly dedicated to their mates.  Ms. Singh is a master at bringing out the emotions of the characters and orchestrating nail-biting situations for them to work through.  Highly recommended series!

Don’t miss the other books in the Royal House of Shadows series: Lord of the Vampires, Lord of Rage, and Lord of the Abyss!


Final thoughts:

Lord of the Wolfyn is Red Riding Hood meets Beauty and the Beast.  It has just about everything you could want from a fairytale-inspired paranormal romance: a fantastical, vibrant setting, characters with depth and life, and a progressive story arc that keeps the reader interested and anxiously turning the pages for more.

Lord of the Wolfyn is the third of four books in the Royal House of Shadows series from Harlequin Nocturne, a brand new series that is a collaborative effort between 4 PNR/UF authors: Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, and Nalini Singh.  GraveTells will be reviewing all four, so subscribe or check back often to make sure you get the down-low before these books hit the shelves!  Below is the schedule for the Royal House of Shadows releases, with links to the GraveTells reviews…

August 30 September 20 October 18 November 15


Rating: Lord of the Wolfyn

A Must-Read!


Related links:

Buy Lord of the Wolfyn: Amazon (Jessica Andersen’s website) (Royal House of Shadows series website) (Pamela Palmer, author of the Feral Warrior series, website) (Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series website)

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at

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