(Feral Warriors, #6)
by Pamela Palmer
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2011 by Avon
Courtesy of NetGalley
They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . .Shattered by recent nightmarish events, Hawke feels his bond with his animal spirit weakening—and once it breaks, he’s finished. The arrival of Faith sends his life spinning even further out of control, for although she delights him and enflames his deepest primal passions, she’s promised to Maxim, the newest Feral Warrior.Faith is drawn to Hawke from the start, but Maxim holds her in his thrall and has secretly bent her to his malevolent will. Though gravely damaged, Hawke is the only one who can end Faith’s slavery and protect the Feral Warriors from Maxim’s evil designs. But first they both must embrace the wild . . . and surrender body and soul to a forbidden, all-consuming ecstasy.GoodReads
Hawke, Feral Warrior and hawk shifter, is free from the daemon spirit trap but not from the damaging effects it’s caused. With the bond between him and his animal breaking it’s only a matter of time before it slips away entirely and ends Hawke’s life. When hope seems futile Faith arrives at the Feral house, accompanying a new warrior, but even though she is the intended mate of another Faith is the only one who can calm Hawke’s rages and sooth his animal. But Maxim has no intentions of ever letting Faith go and will go to twisted lengths to keep her at his side. When Maxim’s true plans are revealed will Faith and Hawke be strong enough to not only fight for their love, but their lives as well?
Wow, Ecstasy Untamed has to be one of my favorite novels in the series to-date, tying with Jag’s story! The beginning of the story started off rocky for me; it was dark, painful and I didn’t like where it was leading. But boy oh boy did it take me for a ride after that with ample shocking twists!
Following the events of Hunger Untamed, Hawke is struggling with the after-effects of the daemon trap which essentially rips the animal spirit from the man and a shifter cannot live without his animal. Always being the calmer one of the Feral warriors, it was intriguing to see a totally different side of Hawke’s character. Playing on the sidelines for most of the series Hawke definitely came front and center in his book and was fleshed out perfectly. He was often times out of control and unstable but when Faith arrives she instantly soothes him, as long as she’s near…But Faith is the intended mate of the Feral’s new fox shifter, or so they think…
Faith is a Therian who has devoted her life to helping young human women across the world. She was an admirable character and easy to like from the start. While living on her own she happens across Maxim who she is drawn to right away, there was an instant connection that she believed to be the mating bond, but in reality it is something far more sinister. Arriving at Feral house though Faith questions her initial instincts when she meets Hawke, who she has a strong attraction to from the start. Then, as she is around Maxim more and more she knows that there is something wrong there. The scenes between Maxim and Faith were incredibly heart-wrenching; Maxim is a dark and evil character that I felt dirty just reading about. However, when it came to Hawke and Faith hope was brought into the story. Their relationship brought an abundance of suspense, sexual tension and smexy scenes to Ecstasy Untamed and I really thought that they were the perfect fit, building upon each other. They’re each fantastic characters apart but together they’re incredible.
The Feral Warriors is a deep and intense series, not a light paranormal romance in the least, where every novel builds upon the complex paranormal world Pamela Palmer has created. The Mages are still at it with a new deadly plot to raise Satanan that continues into the next book. (Evil, evil author…) Though the romance was nicely tied up the ending left me craving for more and dying to find out what happens next?!?! Pamela Palmer expands on the Feral Warrior history though, answering a lot of questions readers might have had. The story also includes plenty of past characters and humorous scenes with them, I just love how every character in the series is distinct. This is a series that should be read in order though otherwise you will no doubt be lost.
Another fantastic edition to a great series, I can’t wait to see what Pamela Palmer has planned for the Ferals next!
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - Loved It!
Sexual Content: Highly flammable - 'nuff said!