Author: Ann Aguirre
Publication Date: March 14, 2018
Page Length: 250 pages
My Rating: 5/ 5 stars
Roguish. Reckless. Unreliable.
Raff Pineda has a certain reputation among the Animari. He’s the one to call if there’s a party starting, not the man to rely on when all hell breaks loose. Though he’s nominally the leader of the Pine Ridge pack, he defers to his second on the tough calls. Raff prefers to live fast and hard and keep his heart hidden, but a certain Eldritch princess won’t fall for his usual tricks, and their contract political marriage may be anything but convenient.
Ambitious. Elegant. Isolated.
Princess Thalia Talfayen may not have been raised by a witch in a tower, but she’s spent the last few decades locked up for a failed insurrection. Plotting and scheming comes naturally to her; personal connections do not. Since she’s come this far in her unstoppable quest to claim the silver throne, she won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to unite her people, even if that means giving herself to the big bad wolf…
This book is definitely not a standalone and should be read as part of the Ars Numina series, first with The Leopard King and then with The Demon Prince as the second book. I did really like the quick synopsis at the beginning of this book about what has happened in the story so far, and brings the reader up to speed on the major highlights of the series. That certainly helps if you’re not reading the books back-to-back. So, while the last book was heavy in battle scenes, this book takes a small step back from that. Not to say there isn’t any fighting, because there is, but I found that this book focuses a little bit more on political maneuvers and the romance aspect of the story.
The Wolf Lord is about an Eldritch self-proclaimed princess named Thalia, who wants to win the throne and become queen. The Eldritch have been always been divided between houses and have never been able make a stake for the throne to rule over the Eldritch as one. Thalia needs an alliance. Her people aren’t enough to win her the throne and marriage prospects are slim in which to support her cause. That leaves her with the wolf shifters and their leader, Raff. Raff is certainly not her first choice, but it’s the best she has.