4 Chocolate Kisses
I find myself reading books much more slowly these days. Savoring them. And I like a book that can sustain me, give me a great reading experience each time I pick it up and does not make me have to gobble it up in one sitting. It may be a matter of self control of course, but I also think that the page turner can be exhausting and sometimes a leisurely journey can be very satisfying as well. Wolf Tracker by Maddy Barone is perfect like that. Similar to the main male character, the story moves forward with a steady pace. It is confident and unhurried; a delicious read. In terms of chocolate, it is like a bag of Malteasers or a bar of Toblerone. Yummy nougat!
For some reason I did not know that this book is the third in a series. That explains a few issues that I had with the book. I think reading the first two books, which I will do, will help the reader have more information in regards to that future society as well as the supporting characters. That in turn would get rid of the patchwork feeling I had at first. I thought it was the style, which is fine. But as I continued to read the book I thought that I am missing something. So when I found out that it is the third book, it made more sense. The world is previously realized in the prior books and she is just plugging in new characters. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Maddy Barone’s world building is excellent.
It would have been enough for me that the book is a Time-travel Western. But it has a big element of paranormal that I cannot quite decide if I like or not. But the element is both pivotal and a matter of fact. The matter of fact part is due to it being part of a series. I suppose that is my one issue with the book if it is read as stand alone, that element could be more flushed out. But that may not be the author’s intention.
The main characters in the book are an excellent pair. They both clearly transform in a very satisfactory way.