Series: Grey Wolf #1
Published on Dec 8,2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
From award-winning author, Ilona Andrews, an original novella, set in the New York Times #1 bestselling Kate Daniels World and featuring fan-favorites, Derek, and Curran and Kate’s very independent ward, Julie.
Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.
Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.
If you’re a fan of the Kate Daniel’s series, and you don’t know that this novella is out, well, you can stop reading this now and just go get it. All you need to know is that it’s really good just like the rest of the series with it’s trademark action packed scenes and sharp wit. If you need a little more convincing, I would tell you that there’s some revelation in it about what happened to Hugh and a bit more about Roland.
Okay, if you are still reading, I’d give you a bit more scoop, it stars the younger members of Kate’s inner circle. The dark, brooding, lone wolf Derek and the tomahawk-bearing magic seer Julie. They maybe young but they aren’t innocent or inexperienced, the horrific experiences they had when they were younger took care of that. I’ve always liked Derek, ever since the first book, I have a soft spot for him because of his experiences with Kate, so I was really excited to read about a book where I can see his point of view. I knew his head would be a dark place to be in despite his funny and sarcastic one liners. When his past memories gets triggered, he seems to barely hold on to his humanity. This book just explored more of who Derek is and how he sees the world.
Derek had an assignment and so did Julie, their paths overlapped and they teamed up together to solve a problem they just could not easily walk away from. Julie brings out more of Derek’s humanity in this book, she reminds him that he isn’t alone even though he seems to think that he is. Derek thinks Julie is too young and too human to get involved in dangerous situations, but he also know that she’s too stubborn to listen. They understand each other because of shared history and what they both went through. They make an interesting pair, they work well together and have each other’s back, it would be fascinating to see how their relationship evolves from here, though I’m not really expecting any romantic development. I would want to see more of Derek’s adventures in the future.