For hundreds of years the Scotia wolves have lived in the Highlands and enjoyed the protection of the Fae Monarchy, but the world is changing and the straining population compels the werewolves to adapt. Or die. Or MOVE.
(I read an older edition of this story from the Highland Shifters anthology. The cover and title has recently been changed with the updated individual story.)
In the first book in the New Scotia Pack series, werewolf Liulf is next in line for the position of alpha in the largest werewolf pack known anywhere on earth. He’s a serious man and feels as though the weight of the world is on his shoulders. After his uncle unexpectedly dies, Liulf takes the mantle of alpha and must do whatever is necessary to protect the pack. Since humans are a constant risk and threatening the lives of his people, he makes a major, drastic decision and decides to migrate the pack to another dimension with the help of Litha Brandywine Storm, the heroine from the second book in the Black Swan series. The new dimension is occupied only with werewolves, so Liulf believes his people will be safe there.
In the new dimension, Rain is the daughter of the alpha from the native wolf pack and does her best to avoid Liulf. After Liulf saves her life from her own folly, she realizes she may have misjudged the stoic, quiet alpha.
Liulf is an amazing character. He’s so strong and determined, the perfect werewolf alpha. Rain, however, starts out insecure and childish but quickly matures after a tense situation. She doesn’t have much of a back-story, and I felt as though I didn’t really get to know her.
The story mostly focused on Liulf and his wolf pack moving to and adjusting to live in their new home. Liulf and Rain’s love story is a subplot. (Of the four stories I’ve read from Ms. Danann, they seem to be more paranormal fiction than paranormal romance.)
This book is a spin-off from the Knights of the Black Swan series and takes place after book 5 in the original series. I haven’t read books 4 and 5 from the Black Swan, but I wasn’t confused to the references made to those books in this one.
I liked the story for the most part, except for the scene where the wolves needlessly killed a mother bear trying to protect her cubs.
I’m not a fan of head-hopping and overly long descriptions (everyone has a preference), so I probably won’t read anymore of Ms. Danann’s work.
Overall, though, I enjoyed the characters and the plot.
— If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Please comment below.