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Soul of the Wolf (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book Two) by Judith Sterling is a Sweeping #MedievalRoman

Title: Soul of the Wolf (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book Two)

Author: Judith Sterling

Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval Romance

Book Blurb:

A Norman loyalist, Lady Jocelyn bristles when ordered to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon sorcerer. She nurses a painful secret and would rather bathe in a cesspit than be pawed by such a man...until her lifelong dream of motherhood rears its head.

A man of magic and mystery, Wulfstan has no time for wedded bliss. He fears that consummating their marriage will bind their souls and wrench his focus from the ancient riddle his dying mother begged him to solve. He's a lone wolf, salving old wounds with endless work. But Jocelyn stirs him as no woman ever has.

Their attraction is undeniable. Their fates are intertwined. Together, they must face their demons and bring light to a troubled land.

My Review:

Lady Jocelyn, a fierce Norman loyalist, is forced to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon Lord and sorcerer. She mistrusts all Saxons and she has good reasons to harbor such hatred for them. But she has no choice but to marry him. When she learns he has no wish to consummate their marriage, her dreams of having a family of her own slips through her fingers. Taking matters into her own hands, she decides to seduce her husband. Secrets and a prophesy are revealed, and she must choose between her hatred of Saxons and her growing love for Wulfstan. For she’s the key to solving the great prophesy and there are those in the shadows who will stop at nothing to make sure she and Wulfstan don’t solve the prophesy. Will she embrace her role or is it too late?

This is the second book in the Novels of Ravenwood series and yet it can read as a standalone. The author fills in the backstory from book one so you won’t get lost with what’s happened before.

I found both Jocelyn and Wulfstan prominent characters who take over almost every scene. Their personalities are larger than life and it comes across throughout the story. Each has preconceived notions about the other yet at the same time, each are drawn to the other. The attraction is electric and it was fun to watch them deny each other what is clear to the reader.

My favorite parts, though, deal with the historical backdrop and plot. Judith Sterling has researched this time period and draws you in with language, customs and historical events. There were many times I felt transported to medieval England.

A sweeping historical romance with paranormal elements, Soul of the Wolf is a must-read, especially for fans of medieval romance. Highly recommend and cannot wait to read the third book in the series.

Favorite Character/Quote:

“Nor would I have you pound your pestle into my private affairs.”

Heat swept through her. “Pray, what affairs have you that are not private?”

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Judith Sterling’s love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Flight of the Raven, Soul of the Wolf, and Shadow of the Swan are part of her medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood. The Cauldron Stirred is the first book in her young adult paranormal series, Guardians of Erin. Written under Judith Marshall, her nonfiction books—My Conversations with Angels and Past Lives, Present Stories—have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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