Title: Stone the Crows (Wolf Winter #2)
Author: T.A. Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When the Winter arrives, the Wolves will come down over the walls and eat little boys in their beds.
Doctor Nicholas Blake might still be afraid of the dark, but the monsters his grandmother tormented him with as a child aren’t real.
Or so he thought…until the sea freezes, the country grinds to a halt under the snow, and he finds a half-dead man bleeding out while a dead woman watches. Now his nightmares impinge on his waking life, and the only one who knows what’s going on is his unexpected patient.
For Gregor it’s simple. The treacherous prophets mutilated him and stole his brother Jack, and he’s going to kill them for it. Without his wolf, it might be difficult, but he’ll be damned if anyone else gets to kill Jack—even if he has to enlist the help of his distractingly attractive, but very human, doctor.
Except maybe the prophets want something worse than death, and maybe Nick is less human than Gregor believes. As the dead gather and the old stories come true, the two men will need each other if they’re going to rescue Jack and stop the prophets’ plan to loose something more terrible than the wolf winter.
Sequel to Dog Days. Stone the Crows picks up where Dog Days leaves off, and you do need to read book one first.
Blurb sums up the book quite accurately.
This review is based on the reader having read Dog Days. Book one had more of a romantic element between Jack and Danny, and that romantic element was missing between Nick and Gregor. Gregor shows up wounded, Nick feels an obligation to care for the patient he found, Gregor claims Nick as “his” and hauls Nick’s ass through the Wild. Nick never seems to question this, or if he does, there isn’t a lot of protesting. Gregor is strikingly handsome, Nick quickly realizes he’s something not quite human, instinctively realizing Gregor can protect him from the things that go bump in the night and basically, submits.
Where Dog Days was Danny’s and Jack’s story, Stone the Crows is Nick and Gregor’s. Just as Jack and Gregor are twins, there were a lot of similarities between book one and book two. Intentional perhaps?
What book two does have that book one doesn’t, is more background information on some of the mythological characters, a bit more who is who and how do they fit into the scheme of everything. Who are the gods, why are the Prophets doing what they are doing, and why the Wolf Winter has come.
Stone the Crows also has some rather well written plot twists that I honestly didn’t see coming and greatly enjoyed.
I also thought this book was darker, more dystopian, more gruesome in the killing, torture, murder and mayhem. If you’re squeamish, just a heads up, there are some ewww moments.
While this paranormal/shifter book is quite unlike 98% of the werewolf stories out there (refreshingly different), I couldn’t help but be reminded of aspects of another very popular series. Winter is coming (heck, it’s here). The dead are rising. The Wolves are coming over the Wall. Lots of pulling from mythology.
Ultimately, Stone the Crows is a strong transition book. The characters are now gathered together and prepped for the fight/battle that is going to happen in the next book (‘cause ya know there’s gonna be one…or two). I am greatly interested to see how this series is going to unfold – the big question being, will I/we have to wait one year or two for the next book?