Review: Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer (Feral Warriors #1)


Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer // VBC ReviewDesire Untamed (Feral Warriors #1)
Pamela Palmer
Published: June 30, 2009 (Avon)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: Purchased

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 3 stars

The feral warriors are a group of nine shape-shifting Therians. They are sworn to protect the world from evil and guard against the return of Daemons. Their varying powers are only able to be replenished through the Radiant, the one woman of their species connected to Mother Earth. When one dies another Radiant will wake with a mark upon her breast signaling her as next in line.

As Desire Untamed opens, the Radiant has been dead for months and the new Radiant has yet to come forward. Going so long without her, the feral warriors cannot change shape and it’s starting to affect their behavior. They’ve decided it’s been long enough so Lyon sets off to find her.

Kara MacAllister lives in a small town in Missouri. No way is she prepared for what Lyon is about to tell her, but there’s something about the stranger that she’s immediately attracted to. When she and Lyon are attacked by draden, Daemon remnants, she’s willing to believe something.

Lyon brings Kara to feral house. Being surrounded by all the huge, tough warriors is a little intimidating especially given they are getting volatile being without a Radiant. Kara is immediately uneasy, and despite his growing need for her, Lyon informs Kara that she won’t be allowed to leave because she is too important for their survival. Being raised as human, Lyon thinks Kara will be fine once she grows used to the men and their ways. Kara, not mollified, knows there has to be something else going on.

Reading Desire Untamed, comparisons can easily be made between it and other popular warrior (ahem Brotherhood) and shifter (Changeling) series. What Pamela Palmer does really well with her series is that it doesn’t suffer from world building. The information we’re given fits so well in the story, there’s never any info dumping and everything is easy enough that there’s no confusion over the part that everyone plays.

Lyon and Kara are an interesting hero and heroine. It’s not so much outside pressure that keeps them apart, but more ceremony and ritual that threaten their relationship. As the Chief, Lyon has always set himself slightly apart from the other warriors. He doesn’t want the complications Kara could represent in his life, but when the choice may be taken away from him, he can’t seem to let her go either which may have deadly consequences.

The warriors need Kara to “ascend” to Radiant as soon as possible. This is easier said than done for the fact that from the beginning Lyon has only given her information when he thought she could handle it. Lyon’s omissions definitely didn’t do anyone any good and only lead to too many instances where Kara was blindsided by what would be expected of her. Kara is stronger than Lyon thinks and once he figures that out things move at a quicker pace.

I found Desire Untamed to be slightly predictable. A few times this predictability came from me hoping Palmer would take the story in a certain direction and she would, so I can’t complain too much about guessing what was coming next.

At the beginning I didn’t feel like I would be interested enough to continue the series, but the way everything is set up and plays out, I’m definitely curious to meet the other women to “tame” these warriors.

Sexual content: Graphic sex

3 Responses to “Review: Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer (Feral Warriors #1)”

  1. Sue P. says:

    As an avid fan of Pamela Palmer and her Feral Warriors series, I have to tell you that it surprises me that you had such an underwhelming experience reading Desire Untamed. Personally, I can’t wait for every new arrival in the series. I encourage you to keep reading! Each new book adds another layer of scumptiousness on this adventure!

    • Amy says:

      I am currently reading the second book, and I’m enjoying it more. Since a storyline was established with the first book, I like where Pamela Palmer is taking it in this second book.

  2. Lori Jolly says:

    Love this series and am looking forward to reading Wulfe. Keep up the awesome story telling Pamela I think your writing ROCKS

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