The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Lise’s father is dead, and the life of plenty and freedom that she has known as the daughter of the King’s Huntsman is gone. She must now live a life of duty to her mother and sisters, helping them to cope in their altered circumstances. But where her mother would have her wed a childhood friend to secure their future, Lise knows that is not what she longs for.
When she meets a mysterious woman in the forest, Lise feels the stirrings of emotions she cannot give voice to, but with this woman, she doesn’t have to say anything—Senna knows.
Cursed, hunted, and feared, Senna has been forced to wander from place to place for more years than she cares to remember. She gave up hope long ago that there could ever be an end to her isolation.
Odd sightings in the forest—monsters of legend come to life, old enemies back from the past, fearsome beasts on the prowl—begin to frighten the people of Lise’s village. Somehow, all of these things are connected to Senna. As the villagers’ fear grows, so does their hatred.
Senna prepares to flee, accepting what has become her fate, but Lise isn’t ready to give up her one chance for happiness. Soon, only Lise stands between the villagers and the woman she has grown to love.
|Genre(s):||Fairy Tales, Mythology, Lesbian Fiction|
“What happened? Did you hear anything?”
He shrugged. “Nothing. The horses were still standing harnessed to the trees. Looked like they might have spooked and run a bit, but were smart enough to stop before they broke a leg. We brought them down off the mountain. Achim looks like he’s aged ten years, though.”
This book introduces you to 18-year-old Lise. After her father’s death, the family struggles to earn a living by producing cheese.
With The Beast That Never Was, Caren J. Werlinger has created a wonderful fantasy story with a touch of romance. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Lise and Senna. Caren J. Werlinger paints a clear picture of Lise’s mind while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Lise – a young woman with a sense of duty and justice, rebelling against her mother’s old-fashioned mind-scape. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; the author’s care for each of them shows. As for the location – I imagined a Scandinavian landscape, perhaps due to the names. The story is very nicely woven and has a wonderful flow.
This is a book for you if you like mythology, urban fantasy, believable and often very likeable characters, and/or lesbian fiction.
|Cover||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|Writing||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|Plot||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|Characters||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|POV||Third person – past tense|
|Sexual content||😳 –
About the author
Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children. Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories. She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Brontë sisters. She has lived in Virginia for over twenty years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her partner and their canine fur-children. She began writing creatively again several years ago. Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from the Golden Crown Literary Society in 2009. Since then, she has published eight more novels, winning multiple Rainbow Awards and a 2014 GCLS Award for In This Small Spot. Her latest release, Rising From the Ashes: The Chronicles of Caymin, is the first volume in The Dragonmage Saga.
Check out her blog: https://cjwerlinger.wordpress.com/
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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about The Beast That Never Was? Or – if you did not yet read The Beast That Never Was – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂