Reviewed by: Amy
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference the previous book in the series.
Kougar is the focus of this fifth book in the Feral Warriors series. Hawke and Tighe’s lives hang in the balance and the one person who may be able to save them is Ariana, Kougar’s estranged mate and love, who for hundreds of years he thought dead. Once he discovered her alive the sadness and loss he once felt is overshadowed by betrayal and a need for revenge upon this woman who would be so careless with his heart and the mating bond.
Ariana is not the heartless, soulless being Kougar imagines her. She’s been fighting her own demons for more than a thousand years. When a Mage started killing off Ilinas, Ariana shuts down the mating bond in order to save herself and the rest of her people; and unbeknownst to him Kougar as well. Ilinas are a group of warrior women who have the ability to turn to mist. After the attack, they retreated to their Crystal Palace in the mists thereby strengthening the rumor that their race had been extinguished.
Kougar has known that Ariana was alive for quite a number of years already, but it’s the impending deaths of two more Ferals and friends that is forcing him to actually make contact with her again. Neither one is happy about seeing the other, no matter their still strong attraction to one another, but Kougar is determined to get Ariana’s help and get her out of his life again for good.
I liked the history between Kougar and Ariana. We haven’t seen this in the series yet. I would have liked to read the moment when Kougar realizes that the Ilinas had not been killed off completely, but the books are so fast paced and there’s such a time constraint (they only have a few days in which they can free Tighe and Hawke) that I understand why that fact had to already be known prior to the start of the story.
Kougar is the oldest of the Ferals and up to this point I would say that made him the most mysterious. He finally breaks down the barriers separating himself from everyone else in Hunger Untamed and I really found his story compelling. He’s been there since before the first conflict with Satanan when all Therians shifted and he was there when that power was taken away and only given to a select few. It was interesting to get that knowledge of the Therians from someone who lived through the time, it came across much more visually than narrative.
Paralleling Kougar’s story we get some follow up on the humans who remained alive after the fight at the end of Rapture Untamed. We get a more in depth look at Wulfe and his interactions with one of the humans, Natalie. I thought this was an interesting choice given that the next book will feature Hawke. Hawke has always seemed like the least damaged of the Ferals, but I guess after being stuck in the vortex he’s going to have all sorts of internal conflicts going on. (Also, don’t worry! As you probably know Wulfe will get his story told in the final installment of the series Wulfe Untamed).
Sexual content: Graphic Sex