*A Paranormal Romance retelling of Hansel and Gretel.*
The third son of the Bear Clan, Hale thought he had his life figured out. He had a stunning bride, his iron faith in the Mother, and has spent the last five years training to be the future clan leader. But when his life comes crashing down around him, Hale knows he can’t stay home.
Leaving behind everyone he’s ever known, Hale is alone with his thoughts as he crosses the Alderwood in search of his sister. Then Gemini—the clan flirt and known gossip—follows him, demanding his protection. She’s just as determined to leave her life behind. Hale doesn’t know what made her leave her sisters or suitor, but he has no choice but to continue with a helpless girl at his side. Neither ever expected just how dangerous the Alderwood could be.
Oblivious of Hale’s departure, Parson and Raene travel to Terrana to ask political favors in exchange for their clan leader’s freedom, but lingering injuries threaten their arrival—and their lives. They’ll need the help of an unlikely ally if they hope to succeed.
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This is a fantastic continuation of the series. Hale and Gemini is book three in The Alder Tales, stories set in a post-war future where mankind has branched off into groups closely related to their animal totems. The story continues with Blossom and Kaide, Parson and Raene, but adds in Hale and Gemini, who have both decided to leave their clan for good.
I love how the main characters from the previous books are revisited and their stories continue to progress, particularly Blossom’s. It kind of blew me away what happens with her, and for me, it’s the Blossom and Beast story that pulls me from book to book.
That being said, I enjoyed Hale and Gemini. Hale is a bit more interesting than Gemini. He’s abandoned everything he’s ever believed in, but Gemini, timid and prone to running, turns him around. Their story is deep, one of growth and overcoming personal obstacles, though there’s plenty of action, too.
Parson and Raene, while featured a bit in their quest, take a back seat in this one, even though they are allotted a fair share of chapters. Their main purpose seems to give the reader another peek into the stories of the other couples. It worked for me. I really was more interested in the others in this one.
Overall, I loved this book, particularly the spike in action, the progression of the previous tales, and the deeper story of Hale and Gemini’s literal and figurative egress from the Alderwood. I strongly recommend this series to folks who enjoy paranormal romance with a touch of science fiction.
I would strongly recommend that readers new to the series start at the beginning.
About R.S. McCoy
RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel will be released on Amazon soon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of one with another on the way, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.