Horns of the Hunter by Frank Dorrian

Book Blurb:

An age of myth. A bitter feud. A storm of legend.

It is the closing days of the Enkindled King’s wars for Earthblood, when a cycle of violence and hatred sparks a bitter feud in his shadow.

Náith, the Warrior. Luw, the Hunter. Cast aside and burned by their lover’s betrayal, the two find themselves trapped in a bloody struggle for the affections of Síle, the Maid of Mael Tulla.

Cherished as a healer and bringer of verdant life to barren lands, Síle stands as a mystery unto all – even those who would claim her heart. For one so gentle and kind, secrets and bloodshed swarm about her like flies upon a corpse.

Consumed by hatred and heartache, both Náith and Luw will take the darkest of trials and challenge death itself, unaware of the true game being played.

A storm beyond imagining waits for the Warrior and the Hunter. One that will decide the fate of Luah Fáil.

My Take:

There’s a raw energy to the writing that struck me as early as 10 pages in… it comes across as vengeance and lust and violence. These characters are far from perfect and they will very quickly need to live with some rash decision making.

The Love Triangle. Naith, the aggressive Warrior. Luw, the stalking Hunter. Sile, the mystifying healer who may be manipulating them both to her cause… This part of the book developed well and some of its evolution was definitely surprising.

My criticism lies in the worldbuilding… I felt like I was missing out on much of what the world has to offer by only reading this book. And at times the author focused too much on the relationships between the characters and not on the relationships they have with the world around them.

A bit of a mixed review here. The characters themselves were drawn so well, yet I felt a disconnect with the world around them.

4 out of 5 stars/

Thank you to the author for an advanced copy for review.

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