O.M.G. Let me start by saying, if you thought the first two were full of emotion, “you ain’t seen nothing yet!” I thought it was impossible for Loyalties to be topped, but it was by Uncivil Wars. Stupidly, I thought the same thing for this book – these are so good, surely they can’t get any better? The only stupid thing with that sentence was me! Reclamations will grab every emotion you own and twist them until you are not sure how much more your battered heart can take, before it will take you even further.
The Pack grows yet again, and it is proven beyond doubt, that this Pack is one of ‘Blood and Spirit’. Who you are, or what you shift into, has absolutely no bearing upon the loyalty of your heart. Characters change and situations happen that they must react to, or instigate, for the better good.
Jake, Selene and Collette wind tighter than ever, and you will waver between wanting one thing and another. My head was spinning as my opinion changed with every lead given by the authors. The best thing about this is that I never resented that. I was so totally immersed within the story, I was happy to go along with it.
SPOILER ALERT – Something happens in this book that just about killed me. It’s not at the end, so don’t worry about that, but it completely sucker-punched me and I was in pieces with it for a long time. In fact, I don’t think I have recovered yet!
Totally and utterly fantastic and I can’t wait for the fourth and final book in this series… if my emotions can cope!
Regina Capalini and her growing crew of shifters interfere in an ancient rite and set off a series of events that will alter the direction of pack life forever.
Cats and dogs. Or in this case wolves and lions. Different species with different habits. So what happens when the alpha of a wolf shifter pack vows to protect the offspring of a Lion shifter? Trouble. Lots of trouble.
RECLAMATIONS, book three of the Bonds of Blood & Spirit saga, is all about family. The families we’re born into, and the ones we create for ourselves. Over the course of this installment, the authors take us deeper into the lives of Regina, Harry, Cole and the rest of the pack as they re-evaluate entrenched beliefs and long-held prejudices. As always, the stakes are huge–life, love, and the future of an entire lineage is at risk.
I was thrilled to revisit my favorite character–Collette–and watch her free herself from a bloody and tragic past and rejoin the world. If that seems a little like a plot spoiler, don’t worry, because it’s a much more interesting world thanks to Collette’s presence and influence. There are also some wonderful new faces. Jon and Drew are honorable and compassionate and protective. They’re also heirs to a once shining tradition that has deteriorated into nothing more than a front for abuse and perversion of the darkest kind. Two young men caught between what is expected and what is right–the choice they make on one fateful night transforms both Pack and Pride.
At the same time, Regina faces her own conflict when an exciting new life change for her and Harry is shadowed by the most profound loss they’ve faced so far.
One of the best things about this series is it’s wonderful mix of rich characterization and heart-pumping action. RECLAMATIONS delivers plenty of plot twists. The villains are relentless in their assault on the Pack. Beyond that, this is a universe where the best of intentions can go terribly wrong, and no one is quite what they seem. Their desires and motives are as changeable as their physical forms and sometimes turn even the good guys into their own worst enemies.
RECLAMATIONS isn’t a cliffhanger in the same was as UNCIVIL WARS, but there are plenty of open questions at the end to make you anxious for the next book.
– Carrie Ann Lahain, author, Morgrim’s Wood; Las Vegas NV
In every epic tale, a main character must die. Aslan, Gandalf, Obi Wan Kenobi … you know it is coming, and yet at the moment of death there is still a sharp intake of breath. The Bonds of Blood & Spirit tale is no different. I sensed in Book 2 Uncivil Wars that a certain character was going to die, and sure enough in Reclamations, this character does. Except instead of a single sharp intake of breath, authors Wendi Kelly and Deb Dorchak managed to stretch out my emotions. For an entire chapter, I literally sat there with a hand pressed over my heart while tears streamed down my face. Then just as I recovered, they opened the wound again in another chapter as the death was retold. More tears and more aching heart. Again I recovered,swept along in the story until the very last sentence of the book in which I gasped once more and said out loud “Oh no they didn’t!” Oh yes they did. Wendi Kelly and Deborah Dorchak, Book 4 better be pretty quick in coming. Just sayin’!
– Eliza Fayle, Silver & Grace
First, I want to say that I did take the time to re-read Legacies and Uncivil War (the first 2 books of the series) before I read Reclamations. I found it VERY worthwhile to have done that, as there were many minor plot points that it cleared up for me!
Now, as to this book… The authors have a really nice hand in character development. Each book strengthens your understanding of the characters we’ve known all along (Regina, Diego, Harry and Cole) and further develops the ones that have come in along the way. Each character is introduced without a lot (and sometimes any) back story, so we learn about them as the other characters learn their secrets. I get hooked into wondering about the various characters and just what their secrets are. (Why is Diego so protective of Tyler? Who is Jake’s mother? Who is Frannie?) There are still more secrets to be revealed in the fourth book, I’m sure.
As for plot – it keeps twisting and turning, but the plot twists mostly seem to fit from who the characters are. This book deals with Flynn and returns the Pack to the Virginia valley where Diego and Olivia first met. It does a good job of wrapping up some story lines while opening up others and leaving them hanging. There’s action a-plenty – some of it rather gory, but it fits in the worldview being developed.
If you are looking for a fun adventure in a world that’s well developed, but hopefully not ours, this series is a great read!
—Jeanne Dulany Andrus; Ignite!
In the 3rd Bonds of Blood and Spirit book we become even closer to Diego’s Pack. As usual, we start out hating some of the characters who, in the end, make us fall in love with them…The Pack becomes stronger through battles, loves and losses. We follow the pack through the next few months, with many twists and turns.
So far, out of the 3 books, this is my favorite. The next and last book promises to be even more intense.
—Becka Aiello- Marsche; NY