Book Review: Secret of the Wolf by Cynthia Garner

Secret of the Wolf (Warriors of the Rift #2) by Cynthia Garner

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Available in ebook or paperback.

This is the second book in the Warriors of the Rift series and though the author does a great job slipping in details from the first book into this one, I wouldn’t recommend reading Secret of the Wolf before the first book, Kiss of a Vampire.  So much of the book is spent on telling the back-story, that the majority of the first half of the book is simply boring.  It seems like everything either happens off screen or in the past.  It becomes obvious very on in the book that there are two distinct plot lines – one is figuring out which werewolf is attacking humans; the other is deals with the rift device.  I like that the series has a definite goal: Close the rift that was opened in the first book and let in all these supernatural beings that are using humans as hosts.

Tori is a werewolf who has been living on Earth in a human host for 150 years.  Although she has been on Earth longer than most, there are many other supernaturals that are more powerful.  She’s a werewolf liaison in Scottsdale, Arizona (and yes, the setting is 100% authentic…I wish I lived in that part of Phoenix with the clubs and fancy restaurants.  Too rich for my wallet.) but is clearly anti-authority.  Its only a matter of time before she has to decide between doing her job and retaining loyalty to her friends and family.

Dante is a human detective who works with Tori on the case to solve the murders involving a crazed werewolf.  Tori and Dante, have amazing chemistry both on duty and off, yet Dante spends quite a bit of the book making excuses as to why they shouldn’t engage in a romantic relationship.  Its frustrating to Tori but a refreshing chance from the traditional love-at-first sight relationships in most books of this genre.

Secret of the Wolf began with an amazing shifting scene in the Sonora desert of Arizona, but besides mentions of werewolves, vampires, and faes there is little paranormal on screen until the last couple of chapters.  It felt like more of a detective mystery than a paranormal novel.  I like more of an active fantasy role in the books I read.

Overall, I had to let this story sit in my mind for a couple days before I could make up my mind if I liked it or not.  As a stand alone novel, it fails.  If you want to read this book, check out the first book in the series prior to trying this one out.  Fall in love with the characters and the world Cynthia Garner crafted.  Only then read this book.  As a second book in a series, it works.  It advances the master plot quite well.  I will check out the next book in the series when it comes out, despite the shortcomings of this one.

Characters 4/5

Concept 3/5

Pacing 2/5

Grammar 5/5

Ending 4/5


Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

As a werewolf liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, Tori Joseph is used to straddling the world between humans and immortals. She plays by the rules and always delivers justice, no matter the cost. But after a string of increasingly brutal attacks results in humans turning into werewolves, Tori doesn’t reveal her horrifying suspicion: Someone very close to her might be responsible.

Investigating the paranormal violence, no-nonsense detective Dante MacMillan believes Tori is hiding something. His search for the truth draws him into greater danger as he gets closer to the dark realm of the immortals-and to the sexy werewolf who stirs his primal lust. Now with evil closing in around them, Dante must convince Tori to trust him . . . before her deadly secret destroys them both.

Grade: C+

This book will appeal to fans of the series Warriors of the Rift.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, check it out at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  More reviews are available at Goodreads.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchanged for an honest review.


3 comments on “Book Review: Secret of the Wolf by Cynthia Garner

  1. Just found your blog. Thanks for an interesting read! A question – would you mind posting the name of the publisher in your posts? It’s somewhat hard for me to figure at times if the book you’ve read is a self-published work only available on Kindle as an ebook, or if it’s an actual publishing house that has released crap like “Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

  2. Pingback: Review: SECRET OF THE WOLF by Cynthia Garner

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