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For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild. If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. But if she stays… Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild. If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. But if she stays… Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…


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For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild. If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. But if she stays… Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild. If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. But if she stays… Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…

30 review for The Last Wolf

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin Mandell

    Round up to 3.5. I really really liked 95% of this book. The other 5% frustrated me. Biggest Frustration: Can we please, please stop promoting the idea that a man can tell if a woman has had sexual intercourse just by touching her between her legs? It doesn't work like that. Gynecologists with mirrors and speculums can't tell; yes, they can notice physical changes, but there's no way of seeing how those happened. It's just outdated and wrong-headed to write any book set in the 21st century and por Round up to 3.5. I really really liked 95% of this book. The other 5% frustrated me. Biggest Frustration: Can we please, please stop promoting the idea that a man can tell if a woman has had sexual intercourse just by touching her between her legs? It doesn't work like that. Gynecologists with mirrors and speculums can't tell; yes, they can notice physical changes, but there's no way of seeing how those happened. It's just outdated and wrong-headed to write any book set in the 21st century and portray sex as happening like this. I mean, there are still plenty of people who believe in the physical evidence of virginity, but it's just not true, and there are plenty of ways to do that "experienced man beds inexperienced woman" trope without relying on anatomical inaccuracy. Yes, I have strong feelings about this. Otherwise: The story had lots of really cool twist said I didn't see coming. Silver, our narrator, is delightful. The world building is really terrific. There were a few writing decisions that didn't quite work for me, but otherwise, reading this book was a nice way to relax on a quiet weekend.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love this book more than I can possibly express and think everyone should read this hidden gem that deserves the many accolades it's already received. I read the novel early for a quote request and was blown away by the story and the writing and by the way it turns paranormal romance on its head to deliver something fresh, unique, and different. This is what I said: A masterful reinventing of the established lore. The Last Wolf pits devotion against duty and survival with complexity and emotio I love this book more than I can possibly express and think everyone should read this hidden gem that deserves the many accolades it's already received. I read the novel early for a quote request and was blown away by the story and the writing and by the way it turns paranormal romance on its head to deliver something fresh, unique, and different. This is what I said: A masterful reinventing of the established lore. The Last Wolf pits devotion against duty and survival with complexity and emotion and delivers a story that is raw, wild, and intense—captivating to the final page. Book two is just as good and I'm reading book 3 in the series now. Everyone go read this!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeffe Kennedy

    This book is simply extraordinary. Hauntingly written, compelling, mesmerizing. I couldn't put it down. The take on wolves is fantastic in every sense. I loved the gritty realism and sensuality of the wolves lives. This isn't a lighthearted tale - it's like a fist to the heart. I loved everything about it and immediately went on to read the second book, which I also love. This debut author has won me over. This is paragon of what fantasy/paranormal/romance crossover can do. I cannot recommend th This book is simply extraordinary. Hauntingly written, compelling, mesmerizing. I couldn't put it down. The take on wolves is fantastic in every sense. I loved the gritty realism and sensuality of the wolves lives. This isn't a lighthearted tale - it's like a fist to the heart. I loved everything about it and immediately went on to read the second book, which I also love. This debut author has won me over. This is paragon of what fantasy/paranormal/romance crossover can do. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    I was forced to DNF this story, I found myself lost in the worldbuilding and I don't think this type of shifter romance is my forte. Just felt bored with it and by 40% I had to let go of it. There were some aspects that I found interesting but not enough for me to keep going especially when I have been trying for almost two months to get into this book and haven't been able to!! Time to let go, maybe someday later I will pick it up again. I was forced to DNF this story, I found myself lost in the worldbuilding and I don't think this type of shifter romance is my forte. Just felt bored with it and by 40% I had to let go of it. There were some aspects that I found interesting but not enough for me to keep going especially when I have been trying for almost two months to get into this book and haven't been able to!! Time to let go, maybe someday later I will pick it up again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I liked this story, but it did not wow me. If you are looking for romance, then this is not a book for you. The main characters became a couple, but the focus was more on pack politics and survival. The Last Wolf, the first book in The Legend of All Wolves, tells the story of Silver Nilsdottir and Tiberius Leveraux. Silver is a member of the Great North Park, an ancient breed and the first of their kind to relocate to North America. Because of a birth defect, Silver is at the lower echelon of the I liked this story, but it did not wow me. If you are looking for romance, then this is not a book for you. The main characters became a couple, but the focus was more on pack politics and survival. The Last Wolf, the first book in The Legend of All Wolves, tells the story of Silver Nilsdottir and Tiberius Leveraux. Silver is a member of the Great North Park, an ancient breed and the first of their kind to relocate to North America. Because of a birth defect, Silver is at the lower echelon of the pack, destined to be a slave. At the moment she was to face her destiny, a wounded shifter seeking refuge entered their midst. To save him from death at the hands of her pack members, she offered to become his protector, which released her from becoming a slave. This would prove a risk as they both faced the possibility of being exiled if the Pack did not consider the stranger worthy to become a part of them. In addition, he is keeping a secret, which has the potential to destroy the pack. The prologue provided a history of how the pack ended up living in North America. We also see how the enmity between shifters and werewolves originated. The events which occurred were interesting, which had me looking forward to the rest of the story. However, it did not go as expected. I found the pacing to be slow, and it took me some time to get into the story. In addition, I found parts of the story difficult to follow. I had to reread several paragraphs in my aim to grasp the Pack’s rules and behaviours among other things. The story yielded a few laughs and some awkward moments. Narrated from the POV of the heroine, the story treats readers to her perspective, but I feel it would have more of an impact if Tiberius’s POV was introduced. Silver and Tiberius had a lot in common. They were both damaged physically and emotionally. Tiberius refused to embrace his wolf as result. Silver is determined, resilient, loyal, smart and somewhat impulsive, while Tiberius was strong and protective. I enjoyed getting to know them as individuals, but I found it difficult to connect with them as a couple. I found the world building unique. Pack members and shifters were sworn enemies and would kill each other when the opportunity arises. The pack members were wolves who changed to humans. Some were not comfortable being humans but did so as a means of survival. Shifters were humans who changed to wolves and preferred to embrace their human sides. The laws and customs of the pack were strange and gruesome. For example, whatever they killed, had to be eaten, which led to a few stomach-turning moments. Narration I received an ARC through Netgalley, but never got around to reading. I purchased a copy earlier this year and just as I was about to read it I discovered it was in Audible Escape, so I listened to the audio. It was my first time listening to Rachel Dulude. I enjoyed her portrayal of Silver. She brought the story to life, which made it easy to listen. Conclusion/Recommendation Overall, I found The Last Wolf to be an interesting start to the series. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    The Last Wolf is the first book in a new series by Maria Vale. Maria is a debut author and I am definitely a fan. She has designed a fresh and intricate new world surrounding the lore of werewolves and shapeshifters. It’s a great spin on these ancient creatures that have been depicted in so many ways throughout history. The story starts off in the 1600s and comes into 2018 where we see how the modern world affects how mystical creatures have altered their survival tactics. At the core of The Last The Last Wolf is the first book in a new series by Maria Vale. Maria is a debut author and I am definitely a fan. She has designed a fresh and intricate new world surrounding the lore of werewolves and shapeshifters. It’s a great spin on these ancient creatures that have been depicted in so many ways throughout history. The story starts off in the 1600s and comes into 2018 where we see how the modern world affects how mystical creatures have altered their survival tactics. At the core of The Last Wolf, it’s an unlikely lovely story involving a werewolf named Silver and a shifter named Tiberius. However, there is a lot more to it than that. The book also focuses on tradition, trust, and betrayal as well as the concept of nature versus nurture. Silver grew up in the pack and fully accepts their traditions. She is not comfortable being in human form and has no clue how to maneuver in the human world. On the other hand, Tiberius is the exact opposite. He feels out of place when he comes to live with the pack for sanctuary and he is very much a human. It’s a simple case of how Tiberius was raised to shun the part of him that’s a werewolf because he is half-shifter/half-werewolf. Silver is the runt of her pack and is destined to always be at the bottom of the hierarchy although her lineage is that of werewolf royalty. Together, Silver and Tiberius embark on a journey of love and acceptance not only of each other but of all parts of their heritage. They truly complement each other. There is nothing about The Last Wolf that’s predictable or cliche. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the new concepts that the author introduced in this often told tale of the supernatural. I can’t say enough about how impressed I was with the writing and imagination that went into this book. I can’t wait for the next book. **Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Silver Nilsdottir is the runt of the pack, she's smaller than all the other wolves and has a bad leg, this puts her right at the bottom of the pecking order. It seems inevitable that she will end up as the indentured servant of the alpha pair. Until Tiberius Leveraux stumbles on to their land half dead and asking fo I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Silver Nilsdottir is the runt of the pack, she's smaller than all the other wolves and has a bad leg, this puts her right at the bottom of the pecking order. It seems inevitable that she will end up as the indentured servant of the alpha pair. Until Tiberius Leveraux stumbles on to their land half dead and asking for sanctuary. I love it when taking a chance pays off. I decided to read this mainly because I liked the cover and I wanted a new PNR to get my teeth into. I didn't really hold out much hope that I would love it. So, when I started reading and realised this wasn't quite what I expected and so much more I was thrilled. I loved it. When I started reading I thought it would be a light fluffy PNR where the hero lets the heroine find her self worth even though she is perceived as weaker by those around her blah blah blah. However, Vale gave us a much grittier and complicated story than that. If you are a fan of Anne Bishop's The Others series, The Last Wolf has a similar feel. The wolves in this really are wolves, they just happen to be able to shift to a human shape and you really get the sense of otherness when you are reading it. At first, this made it a little hard to connect with Silver and some of the characters surrounding her, they just think so differently. But Silver's personality, her strange innocence and determination and love for her Pack come through really strongly and she quickly became a heroine I adored. Then there's Tiberius, he's the "normal" one, the character that it is easier to identify with as he has been brought up in a human world. Watching him acclimatising to the ways of the Pack, with the help and guidance of Silver, especially as we view his "human" ways from Silver's POV had me glued to the page. The romance between them grew with the book and again it is viewed through the lens of the Pack, which was at times hilarious, which just made the whole things more interesting. However, the differing cultures did not take away from the chemistry between them. This was a fantastic read and what I loved most about it was the world that Vale created. This is down as one of the best books I have read so far this year and I fully intend to recommend it to everyone and grab the next book in the series as soon as I can. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I really enjoyed reading The Last Wolf, and this book was a great mix of Paranormal Romance and Fantasy. Neither overpowered the other and the author did great job in balancing those two genres. Lately, I don't read a lot of PNR/UF books and it is really difficult for me to find a story that will keep me interested in this genre, so I was really happy that this story exceeded my expectations. The blurb gives a great short overview of **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I really enjoyed reading The Last Wolf, and this book was a great mix of Paranormal Romance and Fantasy. Neither overpowered the other and the author did great job in balancing those two genres. Lately, I don't read a lot of PNR/UF books and it is really difficult for me to find a story that will keep me interested in this genre, so I was really happy that this story exceeded my expectations. The blurb gives a great short overview of what this story is about: "Silver is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux." These two characters are complete opposites of each other. Silver was born crippled and a runt, and Ti is half shifter and half pack. Ti sees himself as human and hates his pack side, while Silver doesn't know anything else. These two would under normal circumstances never come across each other, or associate with one another. Werewolves are my favorite paranormal creatures and I love learning about pack law and their traditions/customs. I have read a lot of paranormal romance, and especially with the werewolf/shifter type of stories the author usually doesn't focus that much on the ins and outs of a pack. I loved that they didn't try to live in the human world, they have their own home and they are happy with their lives. I loved how Silver and Ti met and how their relationship developed. The author didn't rush and she also focused on their individual growth. This is the first book in The Legend of All Wolves series and I am wondering if the next book will focus on the same couple or other pack members. I personally love Silver and Ti, and I would love to see how their story will continue.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This review was copied from my romance novel review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.blogspot.com Werewolf fan? Stop what you’re doing. The Last Wolf by Maria Vale is the most authentic werewolf book I’ve ever read. You’ll find yourself stopping to think… Are werewolves actually real? That’s how intense and well-researched this novel is. Amazing. Thorough. And freaking hilarious to boot. I’m not even a fan of werewolf books, to be honest. Shifters are more my thing. So imagine my surprise at how This review was copied from my romance novel review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.blogspot.com Werewolf fan? Stop what you’re doing. The Last Wolf by Maria Vale is the most authentic werewolf book I’ve ever read. You’ll find yourself stopping to think… Are werewolves actually real? That’s how intense and well-researched this novel is. Amazing. Thorough. And freaking hilarious to boot. I’m not even a fan of werewolf books, to be honest. Shifters are more my thing. So imagine my surprise at how much I absolutely adored this novel, especially given that the shifters are the bad guys (cue gasping noise here). But I’ll shut up because I pride myself on spoiler-less reviews and I don’t want to back track on that now. In The Last Wolf we are first transported back in time to 1668 when the original clans made the brave decision to uproot themselves and move to a new land, aka. America. All the shifter and werewolf stories I’ve ever read are modern day and it was intensely cool to be able to see how things started out. Eventually the story moves up to present day, but that doesn’t mean that the wolves are modern in the least. This is a whole new take on that tired old werewolf story you already know. Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until one day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves… At first glance you think it’s romantic that Silver chooses to stay with Tiberius but the reality of the situation is that she just doesn’t want to return to her pack the lowest of the low waiting for the day that she’s kicked out altogether. If she and Tiberius can get his wolf under control then they have a chance of entering the pack as a real pairing. The absolute best part of this book is Silver’s oddities. She hates her human form and would much prefer to live forever in her wolf form (might still), she has strange teeth that never fully look human, and she understands nothing about the human world. And just try to get her to wear clothes. Watching her try and understand Tiberius’ human side and watching Tiberius try to understand life as a wolf was one laugh after another. And yet, it was still such a serious book. I don’t understand how Maria Vale managed to create a book like that, but somehow she did and I’m so happy about it. I would read any and every book that this woman ever creates from here on out. You can tell from her writing that she didn’t just pull a werewolf story out of nowhere. This is a well-researched novel from start to finish.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ⏃ : ✦ villainous_vixen ⏃ : ✦

    3 LONE WOLF STARS The Last Wolf begins with a young girl named Silver. She is crippled, as well as a wolf. Most of her life she has been a servant to her pack alpha, leaving her without a mate. Tiberius is a shifter, one with a huge secret. He begs the alpha for a place in the pack. But must prove his worth to stay or be cut loose and marked as a lone wolf. The romance in this story was not the main focus of The Last Wolf. It's about survival, protecting the pack, making friends and enemies. Ms. 3 LONE WOLF STARS The Last Wolf begins with a young girl named Silver. She is crippled, as well as a wolf. Most of her life she has been a servant to her pack alpha, leaving her without a mate. Tiberius is a shifter, one with a huge secret. He begs the alpha for a place in the pack. But must prove his worth to stay or be cut loose and marked as a lone wolf. The romance in this story was not the main focus of The Last Wolf. It's about survival, protecting the pack, making friends and enemies. Ms. Vale has built a world full of mythical creatures, that is raw and consuming. But, I will admit that I was confused quite a few times. There are a lot of characters, different creatures of the lore. It would have been a tad bit helpful if The Last Wolf had an index. That being said, I really enjoyed The Last Wolf. It's different from all the other stories out there. I look forward to reading future books from Ms. Vale.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren loves llamas

    This is an odd duck to categorize. It’s got all the hallmarks of a romance novel (HEA ending, traditional romance plot arc, etc) but it’s also quite dark and raw. I think if you go into this expecting a regular paranormal romance, you'll be disappointed. But, oh man, this book surprised me in such a good way. This is the gritty paranormal romance I never knew I wanted! In most of the paranormal/urban fantasies I’ve read, the shifters consider themselves both animal and human and generally try to This is an odd duck to categorize. It’s got all the hallmarks of a romance novel (HEA ending, traditional romance plot arc, etc) but it’s also quite dark and raw. I think if you go into this expecting a regular paranormal romance, you'll be disappointed. But, oh man, this book surprised me in such a good way. This is the gritty paranormal romance I never knew I wanted! In most of the paranormal/urban fantasies I’ve read, the shifters consider themselves both animal and human and generally try to fit in with human society, mostly out of necessity. In this book, the wolves, like Sil, consider themselves wolves first and are “in skin” (human form) only when necessary. Many live separate from human society, though those that do need to interact with humans on a daily basis (like their lawyers, accountants, etc) return home for the three days of the Iron Moon, when the wolves are forced to be in wolf form and are unable to change back to human. Those who are able to change back and forth at will, regardless of the moon phase, are called Shifters, and they chose to emphasize their humanity. Though they’re the closest to the usual shifter portrayal in romance, they’re actually the bad guys in this book. The world building was superb. Their society is strikingly different from human society, and I thought Ms. Vale did a wonderful job of slowly explaining bits of it as it came up. Everything in their society revolves around the safety of the pack, so things that seem unspeakably horrible to a human (without being too spoiler-y, how Sil’s disability is dealt with) are accepted as a practicality. Ms. Vale does a great job of showing why the wolves are the way they are, and I really felt like I understood Sil’s love for her pack and the wild, despite the hardships she’s faced. I loved Sil. I loved her strength and her strong moral compass, and while I didn’t agree with all the choices she made, I understood why she made them. I started out the book identifying more with Ti and his confusion, but as the pages went by and more about the wolves’ way of life and reasoning became clear, it was Sil I sympathized with, especially her frustration with Ti’s inability to conform to the wolves’ way of life. If you’ve read grimdark fantasy before, you’ll be familiar with a certain kind of humor that usually serves as a counterpoint to all the grittiness. That’s also present here, and some of it was masterfully done. I’m thinking in particular of the teacher who seems to be applying lipstick every time she appears. As for cons, this is a first book, and I think it shows in some of the pacing and plotting. I never really felt like I understood why the Shifters felt they way they did about the wolves. Also, there are some threads that aren’t wrapped up, but as this is the first in a planned series, that’s expected. Overall, while this wasn’t at all what I was expecting, I enjoyed this book very much and simply could not put it down, to the point where I stayed up way too late during a family vacation reading and didn’t regret it at all the next day! Recommended for fans of paranormal romance looking for something fresh and new, and for fans of urban fantasy who don’t mind a little romance in their grimdark. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)

    AMAZING !!!! What an awesome, amazing paranormal book! I loved Silver, and of course Tiberius, with his sweetness, vulnerability, his bravery and his love for Silver. This is not erotic novel (although for me there is plenty romance development between Silver and Tiberius and even some sex scenes ). With so many cliche books out there this was nice and refreshing. The protagonist stayed true to her character. Yes there was character growth but at the end of the day she was everything she presented AMAZING !!!! What an awesome, amazing paranormal book! I loved Silver, and of course Tiberius, with his sweetness, vulnerability, his bravery and his love for Silver. This is not erotic novel (although for me there is plenty romance development between Silver and Tiberius and even some sex scenes ). With so many cliche books out there this was nice and refreshing. The protagonist stayed true to her character. Yes there was character growth but at the end of the day she was everything she presented herself to be, a true beast. Maria Vale did a great job showing the hierarchy, the downtrodden. Fighting tooth and claw... So why only 4 stars .... (view spoiler)[the scene where silver ate that human male.... and then throwing up all those pieces flesh was rather disturbing and totally unnecessary. She killed that man to protect herself, not for the hunt.... so why eat that kill.That was just gross and stupid scene with no meaning whatsoever. (hide spoiler)] For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild. Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    This book is odd as hell, but it's also sweet as hell. But, it's a little too...wolfy...for me. There's a lot of scent, blood, and pack dynamic. And I just can't get myself there with stressful family politics in close proximity and all that jazz. I don't think I'll be continuing with the series, but if you have curiosity about a "crappy wolf" shifter and a more wild/less human version of that falling in love despite some slightly underdeveloped world building and plot, you may really enjoy this This book is odd as hell, but it's also sweet as hell. But, it's a little too...wolfy...for me. There's a lot of scent, blood, and pack dynamic. And I just can't get myself there with stressful family politics in close proximity and all that jazz. I don't think I'll be continuing with the series, but if you have curiosity about a "crappy wolf" shifter and a more wild/less human version of that falling in love despite some slightly underdeveloped world building and plot, you may really enjoy this series. 2.5

  14. 5 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    Maria Vale offers something unique and original in this book. I have been a long-time reader of fantasy and science fiction, and enjoyed this author's imaginative contribution. Recommended for the sci-fi looking for a well-developed novel that takes a different approach. Maria Vale offers something unique and original in this book. I have been a long-time reader of fantasy and science fiction, and enjoyed this author's imaginative contribution. Recommended for the sci-fi looking for a well-developed novel that takes a different approach.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Nice world building. Good solid shifter read. A different set up from other shifter/werewolf stories. I liked it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    4.5 Stars Silver Nilsdottir is the runt of the pack, she's smaller than all the other wolves and has a bad leg, this puts her right at the bottom of the pecking order. It seems inevitable that she will end up as the indentured servant of the alpha pair. Until Tiberius Leveraux stumbles on to their land half dead and asking for sanctuary. I love it when taking a chance pays off. I decided to read this mainly because I liked the cover and I wanted a new PNR to get my teeth into. I didn't really hold 4.5 Stars Silver Nilsdottir is the runt of the pack, she's smaller than all the other wolves and has a bad leg, this puts her right at the bottom of the pecking order. It seems inevitable that she will end up as the indentured servant of the alpha pair. Until Tiberius Leveraux stumbles on to their land half dead and asking for sanctuary. I love it when taking a chance pays off. I decided to read this mainly because I liked the cover and I wanted a new PNR to get my teeth into. I didn't really hold out much hope that I would love it. So, when I started reading and realised this wasn't quite what I expected and so much more I was thrilled. I loved it. When I started reading I thought it would be a light fluffy PNR where the hero lets the heroine find her self worth even though she is perceived as weaker by those around her blah blah blah. However, Vale gave us a much grittier and complicated story than that. If you are a fan of Anne Bishop's The Others series, The Last Wolf has a similar feel. The wolves in this really are wolves, they just happen to be able to shift to a human shape and you really get the sense of otherness when you are reading it. At first, this made it a little hard to connect with Silver and some of the characters surrounding her, they just think so differently. But Silver's personality, her strange innocence and determination and love for her Pack come through really strongly and she quickly became a heroine I adored. Then there's Tiberius, he's the "normal" one, the character that it is easier to identify with as he has been brought up in a human world. Watching him acclimatising to the ways of the Pack, with the help and guidance of Silver, especially as we view his "human" ways from Silver's POV had me glued to the page. The romance between them grew with the book and again it is viewed through the lens of the Pack, which was at times hilarious, which just made the whole things more interesting. However, the differing cultures did not take away from the chemistry between them. This was a fantastic read and what I loved most about it was the world that Vale created. This is down as one of the best books I have read so far this year and I fully intend to recommend it to everyone and grab the next book in the series as soon as I can.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ariadna

    DNF at 23% This is a book that had come up a few times on my TL and I ended up v. intrigued by it. The opening scene was so amazing that I was sure I was gonna devour this book and then the rest of the series. Sadly, the story became less about a romance and more about the werewolf and shifter cultures. I didn't feel any chemistry between the MCs to the point that, when Silver feels lust towards Ti, I actual!cringed because it was so discordant to the story. After the umpteenth description of Pack DNF at 23% This is a book that had come up a few times on my TL and I ended up v. intrigued by it. The opening scene was so amazing that I was sure I was gonna devour this book and then the rest of the series. Sadly, the story became less about a romance and more about the werewolf and shifter cultures. I didn't feel any chemistry between the MCs to the point that, when Silver feels lust towards Ti, I actual!cringed because it was so discordant to the story. After the umpteenth description of Pack life, I checked where I was (Chapter 8) vs. how many chapters there were left in the book (23 + an epilogue). The deep, internal sigh I released was a clear enough signifier that it was time to let go of this book. So I did. TL;DR: Too much werewolf culture, not an ounce of romance. This book was not for me. I noticed that reviews for the rest of the series had similar criticisms, so at least I know I'm not the only who felt this way. I borrowed this from my local library and don't recommend it if you're looking for romance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rosanna Leo

    Maria Vale has written an engaging paranormal romance. The Last Wolf had me turning pages quicker than I had in some time. The world building in this novel is outstanding. We haven't seen werewolves and shifters like these ones before. There is a primal edge to the characters. You really believe these creatures are wild. They have history and motivations that are unlike any paranormal characters I know and that made for an exciting read. The romance is fresh, featuring characters who aren't perf Maria Vale has written an engaging paranormal romance. The Last Wolf had me turning pages quicker than I had in some time. The world building in this novel is outstanding. We haven't seen werewolves and shifters like these ones before. There is a primal edge to the characters. You really believe these creatures are wild. They have history and motivations that are unlike any paranormal characters I know and that made for an exciting read. The romance is fresh, featuring characters who aren't perfect and who often behave just like the animals that inhabit them. This is gripping stuff. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Vale's work.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    3 1/2 I see the reasons behind all those glittering reviews, and I did enjoy the the book. I'm not sure I buy the plot as it was crystal clear the way it would be unwinding. The romance was a bit sad, if touching, a love story between two sad, abused people. I can't decide if I want to keep reading this series. 3 1/2 I see the reasons behind all those glittering reviews, and I did enjoy the the book. I'm not sure I buy the plot as it was crystal clear the way it would be unwinding. The romance was a bit sad, if touching, a love story between two sad, abused people. I can't decide if I want to keep reading this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    The Last Wolf seems like it would be your standard paranormal romance fare, but ends up to be something quite different. The best way to describe it is as similar to Anne Bishop's Others series - if you were hoping for more in the romance department with Meg and Simon. I know I'm not alone in this! The first three quarters of this book were really strong. The author introduced readers to her version of werewolf/shifter culture and the main characters, Silver and Ti. Since this is the first book i The Last Wolf seems like it would be your standard paranormal romance fare, but ends up to be something quite different. The best way to describe it is as similar to Anne Bishop's Others series - if you were hoping for more in the romance department with Meg and Simon. I know I'm not alone in this! The first three quarters of this book were really strong. The author introduced readers to her version of werewolf/shifter culture and the main characters, Silver and Ti. Since this is the first book in the series, there was a significant amount of time spent on setting the stage. While this kind of world building isn't for everyone, I personally felt that it was necessary as an introduction into the rules that the author establishes for her world. Where I felt the story lost some momentum was in the last third of the book. A big secret is revealed and I felt that it took the book in a direction that was unnecessary. The story was already strong without this additional conflict, that I ended feeling that this big secret was less genuine the stronger beginning of the book. The Last Wolf is a paranormal romance that's heavy on plot, but balances that complexity well with a romance not without its challenges. I appreciated the fact that the author presents her werewolves as "other" instead of the more human-motivated characters that generally crop up in paranormal romance. For me, the uniqueness of Vale's world and characters will have me back for book two. *Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    This is the most fascinating shifter book I’ve ever read. The world-building is unparalleled! Instead of humans turning into wolves, we have wolves turning into humans and this nuance changes everything. Silver and Ti have so much to lose and they really are each other's only hope for survival. Nothing about this story was what I guessed or expected. I'm still reeling from some of the twists and turns. Maria Vale really and truly outdid herself. CW: violence, stillbirth, off-page attempted rape, This is the most fascinating shifter book I’ve ever read. The world-building is unparalleled! Instead of humans turning into wolves, we have wolves turning into humans and this nuance changes everything. Silver and Ti have so much to lose and they really are each other's only hope for survival. Nothing about this story was what I guessed or expected. I'm still reeling from some of the twists and turns. Maria Vale really and truly outdid herself. CW: violence, stillbirth, off-page attempted rape, massacre in prologue

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

    I’m not well versed in the tropes and established grooves of paranormal romance, so I can’t really say to what extent this challenges them, but I at least found it fresh and vivid. Lovely detailed world building establishes a backdrop of werewolf packs in the modern day USA, on which plays a deliciously subtle, instinctive love story between a brutalised lone wolf and a fierce, independent ‘runt’. I loved every moment, and am going straight into book 2.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Drew Doll

    Oh wow. What a great read. This was an imaginative and unique take on the world of wolves and shifters. I loved the story, loved the world-building, and loved the characters. Ti and Silver were real to me, and I felt along with them. Highly, highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

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  25. 4 out of 5

    BookWormAli

    I liked this book. I thought the plot was solid and refreshing. Ms. Vale starts off by introducing two sets of shifters. Wolves and shifters. Neither get along and Shifters tend to be Shifty. This plays into plot. Silver is a crippled wolf who is about to spend her life as a servant to her alpha pair because she doesn't have a male counterpart. Ty is a shifter with a secret who comes begging for a place in the pack. It turns out Ty is also part wolf and he requests sanctuary to escape the leader I liked this book. I thought the plot was solid and refreshing. Ms. Vale starts off by introducing two sets of shifters. Wolves and shifters. Neither get along and Shifters tend to be Shifty. This plays into plot. Silver is a crippled wolf who is about to spend her life as a servant to her alpha pair because she doesn't have a male counterpart. Ty is a shifter with a secret who comes begging for a place in the pack. It turns out Ty is also part wolf and he requests sanctuary to escape the leader of the Shifters. However Ty and Silver need to prove their worth in the coming months or be banished as lone wolves. I thought this was a good start to the world Ms. Vale created. It was under romance and while it had elements of a romance, to me it read more as Sci-Fi. I didn't connect to the characters as much I usually do, and honestly the Romance was I thought second to the world building. This would have been a little higher for me but I got confused at times and had to go back and reread. I think a prologue where some of the rules were laid out would have been helpful, simply because this is such a different take on shape shifters. That being said I love that is didn't follow the norm and really thought this has potential to be a completely different set of books. I will definitely be looking for more from Ms. Vale. I received a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Silver has always been at the bottom of her wolf pack for various reasons including being a runt and physically challenged. Now she is desperately trying to avoid being exiled when another type of Shifter, Tiberius, comes into their midst. Silver claims him and gives all her heart to teaching him their ways in order to be accepted by the pack though there are many challenges. The Great Northern Pack has survived centuries with with fierce rules and leadership which while seeming harsh, has ensur Silver has always been at the bottom of her wolf pack for various reasons including being a runt and physically challenged. Now she is desperately trying to avoid being exiled when another type of Shifter, Tiberius, comes into their midst. Silver claims him and gives all her heart to teaching him their ways in order to be accepted by the pack though there are many challenges. The Great Northern Pack has survived centuries with with fierce rules and leadership which while seeming harsh, has ensured they continue to thrive with a mix of modern ways while still being ruled by their true natures. They are wolves who can shift to human, but being wolf their predominant force. Silver exemplifies someone who would seem to have no power and little chance of survival; however, her struggles have made her strong and compassionate. Silver embodies the idea that even the least person can change the course for the benefit of all. Ms. Vale’s story has interesting and noteworthy world building. I very much enjoyed this creative world and highly recommend this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    This is not keeping my interest at all so I'm DNFing. This is not keeping my interest at all so I'm DNFing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    3.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Couldn’t connect to the main characters. Interesting world building couldn’t save the lack of interest in the characters or plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Originally reviewed for & posted at Vampire Book Club Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Born with a lame leg in her wolf form, Silver has little hope within her pack. When her intended mate is kicked out, her outlook goes from bottom of the pack pair to unmated servant. But the appearances of a bloody and wounded stranger throws her one last lifeline. Ty has grow up with his Shifter clan but when they turn on him, he seeks out the Originally reviewed for & posted at Vampire Book Club Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Born with a lame leg in her wolf form, Silver has little hope within her pack. When her intended mate is kicked out, her outlook goes from bottom of the pack pair to unmated servant. But the appearances of a bloody and wounded stranger throws her one last lifeline. Ty has grow up with his Shifter clan but when they turn on him, he seeks out the refuge of his mother’s wolf pack. If Ty and Silver can convince the pack to accept them as a mated couple, they will both be allowed to stay—if not, exile awaits. But with him Ty brings the threat of a centuries old war between the Wolves and the Shifters. With enemies at the gate, Silver will have to trust that her gamble on Ty will pay off. The Last Wolf is very interesting take on a wolf/shifter novel. In this world, the werewolves seem to be more wolves that can turn into humans sometimes, were as Shifters are the opposite. This made for a very animalistic feel to the characters, even when in their human forms. It reminded me of the wolves from Anne Bishop’s The Others series, but I found it harder to relate to these characters. Maybe it was the lack of human influence, meaning nearly everyone here is running on instinct, with less of a need to delve into their deeper complex emotions or the whys of them. I liked Silver, she’s brave and definitely had the underdog vibe going. I found her quite closed off though and I couldn’t figure out if that was because of her character or because she was more wolf than human. She accepts her packs treatment and even a pretty big betrayal with very little emotion. I struggled to understand her loyalty to a pack that are mostly complete asshats to her. She does start to open up through her relationship with Ty, but even here it’s more about making him “a better wolf.” I kind of wish this had been a dual point-of-view novel, as I think adding Ty’s perceptive and his motivations would have made this feel like a much more rounded read. It feels like his character goes through a lot more conflict and growth and I wanted to be more privy to that. The relationship between them was actually very sweet, and I liked that they had a “in this together” attitude from the beginning. They start out tentative, both guarded after years of disdain (and abuse) but soon find a passion and connection that makes them into a pretty badass unit. The pack, it’s structure and politics are a huge part of the plot, which while interesting didn’t make for massive amounts of action within the first two thirds of The Last Wolf. With so much of the book taking place within the pack’s territory the plot felt kind of insular. The outside threat of the Shifters seemed distant right up until the end. In fact the whole reason for the war between them felt underdeveloped. I think perhaps if there had been more interactions between the two factions, and with the outside world, it would have opened the plot up and deepened my appreciation for the conflict. While I did enjoy The Last Wolf, I think there was a little too much Wolf and not enough Were for me. However, if you’re looking for a werewolf book that really delves in the animal instincts of a shifter and the complexity of a pack, then this might be a great read for you. Sexual content: graphic sex

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