There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read more than half the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments.
What Is This Series About? From the author’s website “Eons ago, before the rise of human civilization, two immortal races battled the Daemons for control of the earth. The Mage, or magic ones, and the Therians, the mighty shape-shifters. Though traditional enemies, the Mage and Therians banded together to overcome the High Daemon, Satanan, ending his reign of terror and destroying his armies. The cost of victory was high. To win that ultimate battle, both races were forced to mortgage nearly all their power. Only one Therian among each of the ancient lines of shape-shifters was left with the power of his animal. Nine remain. They are the Feral Warriors.”
When the series starts, Satanan is trying to rise again but now has recruited the Mage to help him. The Feral Warriors are the only ones that stand in his way.
Why Shouldn’t You Read It? Lots of recycled plots. The following things come up in almost every book:
– The Villains kicks the Feral’s asses…until the last minute: These Feral warriors are so overmatched by the villains! The villains capture them easily and seem to have all the cards. It’s a miracle the Ferals win at the end, because their plans always suck and go terribly awry.
– Kidnappings galore! I’ve lost counts of the kidnappings in this series. Almost every heroine has been kidnapped at some point by either the hero or the villains. And before you think only the women get kidnapped…think again! In book 3, the heroine grabs the hero and keeps him against his will. This was the worst kidnapping of them all because the guy was in chains and raped to boot (when a man says ‘no’, it’s NO, even if he has an erection.)
– Heroines get horribly hurt: I’ve never read a series where the heroines get so badly hurt. In book 1, the heroine got bitten, stabbed, attacked by demons, terrorized by unseen forces, subjected to painful magic rituals and her throat sliced (I think I forgotten something.) In book 3, the heroine was used as a punching bag, she was molested by the villains, and had magic curses that sprang every night.
– The Ferals want to kill the heroine (literally): At some point the heroine du jour does something that makes the rest of the Ferals want to kill her. Too bad this didn’t happen in the case of Mosquito Brain (this is my nickname for heroine #7) because she definitely needed some killing.
– Unsexy public sex: If you have a sex scene where people watch, then at least make it sexy!
– Annoying nicknames for heroines: One hero calls the heroine ‘Beauty’, even in dangerous situations (it made me think of her as a mare or a loyal dog) and another called his ‘Smiley’ (c’mon!)
– Horrible covers: I’ve never seen a series with so many bad covers. In Passion Untamed, it’s clear he’s wearing a wig! And look at that pink cover! What is he doing…walking about whistling? And let’s not forget the blue cover, with a cougar as the animal when the hero is a tiger shifter (I mean, really! I feel bad for the poor author.)
But D.G….if you don’t recommend this series, why are you still reading it? Hmmm…good question!
– Two refreshing things about this series: bad things happen to Ferals who already got their HEA (just because you found your woman doesn’t mean that you’ll never get a scratch, like it usually happens in most series) and past heroines help when there’s trouble.
– The audiobooks: The narration is great (see more about that below) and I like steamy PNR in audio. This series definitely fits the bill!
– The cost: I get the audios free from the library.
– I take it easy: I don’t take this series very seriously so my emotions aren’t engaged – I usually laugh at the stupid shenanigans instead of being enraged.
The Audiobooks: Rob Shapiro, the narrator, has great male voices, just like how I like them. Raw and masculine, he really captures the feral nature of these men. There are many men in this series and the voices are different. Even better than that, I love how all the Ferals’ voices had stayed consistent from the beginning. Sometimes his narration sounds a bit dreamy because he doesn’t use a neutral narrator voice for the 3rd person POV but uses the heroine’s voice when we see things from her POV and the hero’s voice when we see things from his.
Series Tips: This series must be read in order.
Series Reading Order (links to my Goodreads reviews)
1. Desire Untamed
2. Obsession Untamed
3. Passion Untamed
3.5 Hearts Untamed
4. Rapture Untamed (my favorite of the bunch)
5. Hunger Untamed
6. Ecstasy Untamed
7. A Love Untamed (most hated heroine)
8. Wulfe Untamed
Prices: Kindle ebooks in the series range between $4.74 to $7.59. Books 1-3 are Whispersync enabled so even if you don’t have an Audible membership, you could get them for $2.99-$3.49.
Series Rating: 2.5 Skulls
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