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(The Familiar Empire Series – Book1)
by G. Bailey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Slow Burn, PNR RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
A new kind of magical world, where the rules are rigid and the consequences dire. It’s confusing and a bit condescending to the FMC, but there is room for growth. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
I’m Anastasia Noble, and shortly after moving to college, my life changed forever.
I became a familiar, bonded to a wolf for life and arrested simply for existing. I woke up in the famous Familiar Empire community where I have to learn to bond with my wolf, or I can never leave. Never again see those whom I love.
Bonding is my only option, if you could even call it an option, but add in familiars going missing every week, plus being stuck in a cabin with three mysterious, attractive, male familiars and their maddening animals…this is not going to be easy
This is the start of a slow burn Reverse Harem series. Readers 17+
Thoughts on The Missing Wolf
I really enjoyed the idea of a Familiar Empire – these are not shifters, they are people with connections to animals, some new and some ancient. Those powers are terrifying to the general human population and has spawned a form of captivity. Familiars, as both the magical animals and the people bonded to them, are called, are sent away when the ‘mark’ forms, to the Familiar Empire.
This place, or one of them at least, is a vast and sprawling Kingdom where Familiars can learn to bond, train and even earn a living at mundane and normal tasks. It’s meant to be beautiful, and truly would be… if it wasn’t ripe with danger itself. There is a mystery lurking and no one is talking.
Which brings me to the first of my issues with this novel…. “I am keeping secrets for YOUR OWN good”. It’s a trope, it’s stupid and I’m tired of it. This FMC obviously can handle herself, somewhat, or would if SHE KNEW WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON! Second problem? No one knows what is going on, not even the reader. I don’t know if this is going to be cleared up in Book 2, but this read like an invitation to a riddle, yet the clues dropped are more confusing than illuminating and left me frustrated. It’s like half the scenes were edited out. Third issue? Not much of one, really, just a person dislike…. that prologue. I really do not like prologues that are just excerpts from part of the story, that can be an ad, not an intro. *sigh*
First Person, Multiple POV
Upper YA, 17+
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on The Missing Wolf
I was annoyed with this book a few times, yet I still read it through and will pick up Book 2 – I NEED to know what is going on with those wolves and those dreams. It teases a riddle that doesn’t make sense and offers up a sweet Reverse Harem with a trio of diverse, and tempting, men. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published December 25th, 2019
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What are you reading today? Have you read this book yet? What about other books by G. Bailey? Have a favorite? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!