Title: Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows (Dyre #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rachel E. Bailey (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 192 pgs
Jennifer “Des” Desiderio is a werewolf on a mission…a mission to retrieve her queen, Ruby, who was abducted on Des’s watch.
But it’s not as simple as following her nose, fighting the good fight, and saving the day. Des must first team up with her rival for Ruby’s affections, Thierry LaFours, to track the kidnappers to and through Paris. With the help of a tarot card-reading werewolf named Nicolae, and Des’s new found ability to go dream-walking, they manage to close in on the kidnappers. But to save her queen, Des must once more play the champion and battle not only for her and Ruby’s lives, but for all the North American Packs and their entire way of life.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from book two in this series, but I can honestly say I’m glad I picked it up. I remember most of the plot from book one, and what I didn’t remember this book jarred out of the steel trap, so reading it felt much like a continuation of the first one regardless of the time between. I don’t, however, quite remember the pacing of the first book. This book starts fast, and keeps that pace throughout. This is a good thing – things are happening that are time-sensitive and the pace keeps the story moving and the reader turning pages. A couple of things kept this from being a full 5-star read for me. I know the pace was fast, but some things seemed rushed that I wish Bailey had spent a little more time on. I feel a little cheated by the final battle; I didn’t expect a Dyre to run like a coward, so that seemed a little out of character. Although the cheating was definitely in character. I felt like Ruby needed some sort of resolution for her nightmares. If this is PTSD, the solution doesn’t have to magically clear anything up, but I felt like we were waiting for the other shoe to drop, and that isn’t a good way to end a book. Also, Thierry’s death felt a bit like a cop out, like instead of having to deal with him in the future, he was killed in order to make things easier for Ruby and Des to be together. None of these things kept me from thoroughly enjoying the book. If you’ve read the first one, you’ll definitely like this one. If you haven’t read the first one… why not? Go read it first!
Rachel E. Bailey was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in New York State’s gorgeous Hudson Valley. Rachel has been a freelance everything, from copywriter to article writer. She’s also worked in various retail and office jobs that have tried to, but haven’t quite, sucked the soul out of her.
She’s earned a bachelor of fine arts in advertising, with a focus on copywriting, and is in the process of earning a second bachelor’s in English, with a minor in creative writing. She’s been published in Words 57, The Finger, The Stonesthrow Review, on Yahoo!Voices, and Amative Magazine, Writing.com 2014 Anthology, and has had two short plays—The Big Opening and Messenger—performed for stage and screen, respectively. She also won the 2015 T.M.I.dol story-slam with her monologue, The City.