TITLE: In the Aerie of the Wolf
AUTHOR: Leonora Pruner
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 343 pages
PUBLISHED: Noble Novels, 2011
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review and Blog Tour
FROM GOODREADS: Another intriguing and uplifting novel from the author of Close to His Heart, Leonora Pruner has a gift for storytelling and creating compelling characters. Set in 18th century England, our heroine Anne is betrothed to a man she's never met and must leave behind her girlhood fantasies. When she arrives at the home of Lord Wolverton, Master of the Wolf's Aerie, the mysteries and challenges of her new life cause her to seek Biblical wisdom and guidance concerning honor, integrity, and faithfulness. In this story of the discovery of true love, there is also danger, betrayal, and sword fighting and it all takes place in a castle complete with secret passageways. Become lost in another time and place. You will not want to put this book down.
MY TAKE: The author created a very interesting story with In the Aerie of the Wolf. She has taken the bare bones of the classic Beauty and the Beast story and adapted it to fit a tale of her own making. It makes for a nice historical fiction read.
I enjoyed the character of Anne. She was brave and tried to put others ahead of her. The love her servants had for her showed how she treated others. One of the parts that reinforced this was when she first danced with Samson at the inn. She was torn because she had let herself relax and have fun with a servant in public. Afterwards she pondered on the propriety of it even though she now considered him a friend. ~ On the subject of Samson, his manner of speaking was very annoying. It was hard to follow and I found myself skipping over some of the times when he had a very long narrative.
Andrew was also a very complex character. He is very mysterious in the beginning and when we learn how he came to be disfigured, it is heartbreaking. His story gets more interesting as it goes. He also endears himself to his servants by treating them with love and respect. Anne remarks early on about what a happy household lives at the castle.
There are numerous threads running through this book. It was one of those that has a touch of just about everything: mystery, romance, paranormal, thriller, fantasy and fairytale.
Leonora Pruner uses words well in her storytelling. She was very descriptive without being overly wordy. I was able to imagine being in the cave overlooking the castle and felt like I could almost touch the wet walls of the tunnels. As for the tunnels, I thought it was funny when Samson made Anne remove her hoopskirt so that she could fit in the tunnels. ~ After having to wear some of the dreaded things myself, I can't imagine NOT wanting to take them off at any given moment. Of course Anne is much more of a lady than I could ever be..
While I wasn't completely thrilled with the excess of Biblical references and the growing religious feel towards the end of the book, I still recommend it as a very good fictional story. I think most readers will enjoy the nice love story, the slight paranormal/magic elements and the message of acceptance and tolerance that pervades the tale.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon
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