Blood of the Wolf (Jia’s review)

Title: Blood of the Wolf (Forged in Blood #1)
Author: Holly Evans
Publisher: Chaos Fox
Release Date: March 22nd 2018
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Shifter
Page Count: 174
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.38 stars out of 5


Eight years ago, my world changed. Little did I know the rest of the world had changed with me.

My name’s Niko, and I’m a made wolf shifter. Eight years ago, I endured a blood ritual that took me from a pretty normal guy and turned me into what I am today. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for ways to make the world a better place. I want to save people, to make sure they never suffer like I did.

Someone has been murdering born wolf shifters and using them in brutal rituals. I was given the opportunity to stop them and save lives. I leapt at the chance to make a real difference, but of course it came with a catch. I have to work with a Guardian, one of the goddess’s chosen wolves. On one hand, he’s everything I look for in a man. On the other, if he finds out who and what I am, then death will be a sweet release from the torture I’ll endure.

I have no choice but to hope the goddess is on my side as I rush to save the lives of the born wolf shifters, all the while praying I don’t lose my own life in the process.

I very much love good mystery/murder shifter stories with enough romance to give it an edge but not too much so the story looses the suspense, and Blood of the Wolf did not disappoint me.

Since Nico’s wary and distrustful of Alasdair and used to always being alone, suddenly having someone invading his privacy with touches and flirting, is something he has to get used to. I took satisfaction in the way Niko showed defiance toward Alasdair, the push and pull they had going on between them. Niko’s and Alasdair’s progress as both team mates and something more felt realistic considering Niko’s past and the world around them. The focus is more on catching the killer but the developing relationship between these two is spicing the story up, and I love it. For me it is just right. The author let’s the characters take the time they need to get closer, and to trust.

There’s some confusion on my part as to how Niko thinks he can manage to hide the fact he’s a made shifter. Since he’s been a wolf for eight years he should already know the way their sense of smell works and what they can smell, and not. Shouldn’t more have been able to smell him out during these years? I also feel as if the end fight could have been a little more developed to heighten the suspense since it felt somewhat short, on the other hand there can also be a charm in not prolonging the fight scene.

Blood of the Wolf made me rather confused as I mentioned, and I’m not much for first person point of view, however this story drew me in and made me love it because of the characters and the interesting world the author made for us.

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Galley copy of Blood of the Wolf provided by Holly Evans in exchange of an honest review.

Even with the first person perspective and the confusion about how Niko thought he could hide the fact he's a made wolf with a twist (since it's not mentioned in the blurb I'll just call it a twist) I found the story thrilling and captivating. I'd love to read more about these characters.


  • I love the first sentence of your review. It states so perfectly how I feel about a book, “enough romance to give it an edge but not too much so the story loses the suspense”. It’s hard to find books like this and I appreciate this review!

    • Thank you, I’m glad to hear that 🙂 A review of the second book in this series will be coming soon and I’m really curious how the story will evolve from this.
      Another book which has shifters and also is the mystery with romance sprinkled on top kind of book is Butterfly Assassin by Annabelle Jacobs which I highly recommend if you haven’t read it.


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