Friday, July 11, 2014

The Night is Found, by Kat Kruger, Review, Giveaway and Blog Tour!

From Goodreads:
When they tried to kill a prince, they made a king

In the aftermath of his pack leader’s assassination Connor Lewis is ready to take control. Rodolfus de Aquila’s plan before he died was to unite the European werewolf packs against their common enemies: the Hounds of God who make the laws and enforce them ruthlessly with questionable motives, and the Luparii, an intergovernmental group of werewolf hunters now bent on the extermination of his kind. The uneasy alliance between these two factions has fallen apart, and now a battle wages leaving the pack werewolves scrambling to escape bio-chemical warfare on one side, and total domination on the other.

After hearing rumors of a union between the American packs Connor returns with Amara to his home city of New York to learn how to bring the Old World packs together. Werewolf society in the New World has taken a very different course from that of Europe, but when Connor meets the American leaders he begins to question if their ways are, in fact, the path forward.

A world away from Madison, Arden, and all those that he is trying to protect, Connor must discover the secret to uniting and leading the packs under one final charge, or else risk extinction for their entire species in the epic conclusion to The Magdeburg Trilogy.

This series has been one of the strongest paranormal sagas I have ever read. Kat has taken the mythology of werewolves and given it a hierarchy and royalty every bit as enticing as Anne Rice's vampire empire but with more nuanced intrigue and much less sexual drama.  The power struggles are complex and keep you on your toes, the characters are rich, complicated yet totally lovable, even when they're impossible (cough, cough,*Madison and Arden*), and best of all, there is never a dull moment.  Her momentum from book one, straight through the series, is rampant with excitement, shocking reveals and thought provoking dilemmas.

I think one of the problems I have with paranormal stories, versus fantasy stories, is the tendency for authors to get carried away with slightly Gothic horror aspect, whereas on the flip side, fantasy tends to ground it's stories in familiar politics and power struggles. Kruger uses both elements to her benefit in this series. Her play on the born wolf versus the bitten monsters is nothing short of horrifying but the politics on how these two groups co-exist is what keeps it from getting kitschy and predictable. In fact, the dynamics of all the groups involved, scientists, Luparii, Hounds of God and the packs, wild or otherwise, drives book three into the most complex of the three plot-lines. Which you wouldn't think would work with the relentless action, but the two play off each other in an exciting way where you're not just rushing through action scenes but taking breaks to let all the implications sink in.

But most satisfying of all, Kruger has written some of the most dynamic and deeply complicated characters I've ever found all in one place. I fell deeply in love with many of them, which left me decided mopey when it came time for the casualties to start to fall.  Once again though, her war had unexpected sacrifices, which left the reader with much to mull over.  I can't help but think that there is much more to be told in this world, if not by Connor, then by others. So I'm going to cross my fingers and hope that one day, more of it will trickle out.

An intensely satisfying conclusion to a series I've loved from the get-go, the Magdeburg Trilogy will be the top of my recommended reading list for some time to come. As soon as I've gifted myself with a full set of these beautiful books in all their paper and ink glory.

But don't take my word for it! Enter for your chance to win one digital set of the full trilogy! Just be warned, it's a gateway drug and you'll want to buy the full books once you're done. Open internationally, enter below to win! Extra entries if you tweet the contest, follow Fierce Ink or Kat Kruger on Twitter or blurb this blog tour or contest somewhere else online (your facebook page, or your blog for example). Contest closes July 30th at midnight.

The Night is Found, by Kat Kruger
Published by Fierce Ink Press, July 22nd, 2014
Pre-order your copy! 
E-arc kindly provided by the publisher


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