Broken in Silence Review ~ Intriguing story … 8.5 out of 10!

Demons and Wolves – Book 1

Author:  Katze Snow

Release Date:    March 18, 2017                                                                  Price:  $2.99

Reviewed by Elaine

34388355Cover Art:  The cover is gorgeous.  A shirtless man holding chains is dripping wet and steaming; he is surrounded by fire.  The black background really brings out the vividness of the cover  The title and author name is in bold font and gold in color.  I think it perfectly depicts both Tanner and Alex – the holy water, fire, and chains especially tie it all together.

Synopsis:  The blurb adequately describes the book; however, I would like to see it express how dark and tormented Tanner truly is.

Main Characters: Tannerian (Tanner) Wulfric, Alpha of the Underground

Alexander Jonas, fire mage, Tanner’s ex-lover

Katze does an excellent job giving her characters their own voices.  Alex is doing his best taking care of his mother and sister who has a terminal autoimmune disease.  He is angry but doesn’t seem to be able to say no to Tanner, even if he is being blackmailed.  Tanner is sadistic and cruel, bent only on vengeance and is willing to do whatever it takes to kill his enemy. In the meantime, he keeps busy by “training” his pack, which includes sexual domination and submission.  Whipping, choking, torturing his enemies is just a typical day for Tanner. This is not a romance, but there is a connection between the two characters that cannot be denied and is evident in Katze’s writing.

Secondary Characters:  The secondary characters play an essential part in the book.  Sebastian especially intrigued me, as he is caught between his master Tobias (Tanner’s twin brother) and Tanner.  The horrors he also suffered in the book broke my heart.  I hope to see more of his character in the future.

Plot:  The plot is straightforward; Tanner seeks vengeance after the brutal murder of his family.  He has spent a couple of hundred years searching out his enemy.  The complexity of the world building dramatically adds to the intriguing storyline.

Flow/Continuity:  The flow was good, nothing that took me out of the story.  The world itself is complex, with many different rankings and locations that make me read it a little slower to try to absorb it all.

Conflict and Climax:  Oh my gosh, how Alex suffered during the twists and turns of the book.  Well, everyone did.  It was a stomach-clenching ride, and while the story does not end on a cliffhanger, it is clear it is far from over.

Writing Style:  The story is written in third person with alternating POV.

Editing:  I reviewed an ARC copy, and there were just a couple of editing issues that probably do not exist in the live version.  Overall, editing was fine, and it did not have errors that took me out of the story.

Formatting:  Formatting is good, the chapters are clearly labeled with the number and the character’s name at the top.  If there is a scene change in the chapter or a point of view change, it is called out.                                     

Conclusion:  This is the first book that I have read by Katze, and I am impressed.  The incredible amount of detail in the worldbuilding is what impresses me the most.  If you are looking for a fast, easy read, this is not your book.  If you want to explore a world with a dark, sadistic man and the people who are under his thumb yet are magnetically attracted to him, this is your book.

 I give this book 8.5 out of 10!

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