By Kia Carrington-Russell
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dark Fantasy, Action
Sia is a Phantom Wolf. Neither dead nor alive—and rotting from the inside—she is on the edge of her curse. Once a Phantom Wolf has been created, they hunt their blood pack and slaughter all their loved ones. Except for Sia, who woke years after her death to find herself rampaging through the land on a lonely path. She continues to run from the rival pack that hunts her because she is a Phantom Wolf.
Attracted to a scent, Sia finds her old best friend, who is now a grown woman. Having once saved Keeley, Sia takes the role of protector yet again, despite Keeley’s involvement with the mysterious Alpha, Kiba, and his kin brother, Saith.
An ambush separates the pack and the four of them blindly fight the new warriors that attack them: desperately needing to find out where the attacks are coming from, as Sia has vowed to protect Keeley. But at what cost? Now being chased, Sia finds herself conflicted by the mortal and spirit world while trying to protect her kin. Sia must confront her fears, as well as the human lover who killed her many years before. It is not only survival Sia contends with, but her own façade that must be broken so that she may find peace within herself once more.
**** out of 5 (really liked it)
The concept of this book is highly unusual which immediately makes for a refreshing start to the story. I went into this without any preconceived notions of what it would be about and was therefore able to fully immerse myself in the story and watch it unfold around me.
Sia lives in a world where humans are almost myths they are so rare. Instead the world is populated by wolves - human mainly in form but with wolf ears and tail. She is betrayed in the worst possible way which also includes the death of her whole pack. All, that is, apart from Keeley. Keeley didn't belong to Sia's pack which is how she escaped death but Sia called her kin nonetheless.
Following on from Sia's betrayal we skip forward a few years and find out that Sia is now a Phantom Wolf, something to be mistrusted and avoided at all costs. This leads to a very lonely existence for her until she becomes the hunted. This actually becomes a blessing in disguise as she finds Keeley again, now grown up.
We follow Sia as she travels - from the betrayal to finding Keeley, to letting down her inner walls and to trusting and actually liking others. You will find your emotions fluctuate with the characters in this story.
Without giving anything away, the ending is superb and fits the book perfectly. I can't imagine how it would end any other way now. An excellent story, original and intriguing. Highly recommended.
“Boo,” Kiba whispered, laughing as he awkwardly fell on top of me after his sudden jump. “Sorry.” He squinted in pain as he winced at his own stupidity. Luckily for the both of us, the tree wasn’t that high; nothing that could inflict any serious injuries.
Kiba’s knee balanced between my legs and his chest slowly rose over mine as he lifted himself up from his awkward fall. His hands rested on my arm and waist as I stared back at him, frozen by the intent stare he had on me, my breath uneasy.
Our tails flicked with an awkward tension. The sweeping of our tails and heavy breathing were the only things to overpower the wind that swept past us and rustled the trees.
“Can I kiss you?” Kiba asked quietly, as one of his hands pushed back my hair behind my ear. His touch found its way to hover over my cheekbone with the slightest touch. I sucked in the small breath I had forgotten to take, staring back at him with exhausted eyes.
“I do not think so,” I hesitantly replied.
I shifted myself under him so I could raise myself onto my elbows and stare into his blue eyes that were now clouded with disappointment. “I think I could hurt you.” I raised my hand to one of the short patches of thick black hair on his face. “I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t know how intimate I can be. There are no stories of a Phantom Wolf that was able to find a companion.”
“One kiss from you and I think joy would overcome the expected pain.” Kiba pressed his lips to my cheek, leaving a small kiss behind. “But to spend another day with you is something I wish for more.” He smiled weakly at me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kia Carrington-Russell is a young author working on her first series: “The Three Immortal Blades”. Kia began writing at the age of fifteen in high school- finding that all her warped and strange dreams were giving her a fantastic new world- and since then she has never looked back.
Kia was born in a small town in Australia, moving around a lot at a young age until finding a stable town where she finished her schooling. Kia found herself enjoying and expressing herself through poetry, short stories and writing, photography, painting and drawing. All these mediums help Kia express the different world that she is so fond of.
In ‘Senior Art’ Kia focused on feminism and female empowerment; exposing through her work issues and concerns that many people would rather just “sweep under the rug”.
In one art installation, Kia made a bed out of Pokémon cards- the concept being that when she slept a new world would come to life and it was the only one she saw and constantly lived in.
Kia now focuses on her photography, writing and self-help blogs on her website: ‘Precious Living’.
Kia is now keenly working on “The Three Immortal Blades” and “Phantom Wolf” series knowing that these books must be shared with the world and that is what she aims to do now.
Kia writes in her Australian home, trying to focus at times on simply what is running through her head, as her cats either terrorize her legs as scratching posts or her puppy barks in her ear for play-time. And as she continues her series, they grow with her book.
Kia is strongly supported by her friends and family and thanks them dearly for being with her along the bumpy road and nothing would please her more than having your support as well.