By: Angela Townsend
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (November 20th, 2012)
My Copy: Ebook for Blog Tour
Emma's life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother's death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining.
Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she's nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold-rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma's gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious madman--trapped in bear form by the same Shaman--attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to face her fears and free the wolf she's come to love. But that means she must face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.
Amarok was a story unlike anything else that I have read. I expected something paranormal, because it is obvious from square one that are dealing with a shapeshifter. As I drove into this story I was awestruck by the unique and inventive story that Townsend offers here. This is not your typical kid that winds up lost and kidnapped. This is a heart wrenching and terrible story about the abuse and torture that this young girl as lived though. Although, the past she has leaved would leave many victims as a shell; that is not the case with this strong and determined young woman. The stregnth and courage that she displays left me speechless. Amarok is a victim as well. Having lived years in the form of a wolf would not have been so terrible if it were not accompanied by the abuse of the Ryan's family. I was a little disappointed to have not had the gradual growth of their relationship, but regardless it was not totally unjustified to see something form from the understanding, sympathy, and comanpionship that initially brings them together. This is not your happily ever after, or the uplifting and bright spirited story. This seemed borderline a horror novel. The Shaman in this novel was one freaky character that I would rather not cross paths with. So to wrap it up I really did enjoy the overall story. It is short, quick, and unique. The chance to read something that will take you down a different paths was well appreciated. The ending really left me wondering if there will be more to this story, so I will be anxious to see if Amarok is the beginning of a series.
~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~