Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 590 Pages
At a Glance: I really enjoyed the different take on the shifter/paranormal/magical genre presented by Poppy Dennison.
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: Magical species must never mix. Enter the magical world of Poppy Dennison’s Triad series, where mages, werewolves, and vampires live, roam, fight, and love. In Mind Magic, Simon, an apprentice mage, and Gray, an alpha wolf, must join forces to protect the pack, even as they struggle to resist the temptation that threatens to destroy them both. In Body Magic, someone declares war on shifters and puts the entire pack in danger. Cade and Rocky will need each other’s strengths to survive the impending battle—and the power of their growing attraction. In Soul Magic, Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend are trying to fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all of their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the shady Council of Mages for help. And in Wild Magic, meet Joseph, heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away, who meets him again as an adult… and a mountain lion shifter.
Review: Poppy Dennison was a new to me author, and I enjoyed this go round with her. The writing was crisp, clean and descriptive, but not overly so that you got bogged down in the details and got lost in the plot. The overarching storyline of the MCs—Grey, an alpha wolf, and Simon, a mage—carried on through the first three books, and I enjoyed them the most out of all the characters introduced in the series. And Garon, Grey’s son, was also a favorite. I liked the domesticity of the novels and the sense of family that runs throughout the set.
I wasn’t overly fond of the Rocky and Cade relationship, but I didn’t really like Rocky as a character. Cade, on the other hand, was wonderfully vivid as were Liam, Grey’s second Beta, and Cormac, Simon’s vampire ancestor. The coming together of wolf and wolf, and wolf and vampire was enjoyable, too, even if the relationships were subtle and less developed; it seemed to me, more like an accompaniment to Simon and Grey’s story.
Wild Magic, to me, didn’t seem to fit well with the other three novels although it had elements from the first three books, but it was an enjoyable ending to the series.
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